Lexus UX Shows Up Early For Its Curtain Call

Want to get into a new Lexus? The CT used to be your point of entry… until Lexus realized people weren’t so interested in spending over $30k on a hybrid hatchback. So it made the NX crossover as its new entry-level model. Now it’s preparing to slot an even smaller, more accessible model in underneath it – and here it is.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the new Lexus UX is shown here for the first time in a solitary image and video clip.

Billed as an “urban compact crossover,” the UX is set to take on domestic rivals like the Infiniti QX30 and possibly the Acura CDX in some markets – to say nothing of German targets like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA.

Those are some small crossovers, and for its entry into the segment, Lexus has evidently adapted its now-characteristic, sharply angular design language into that tiny footprint – from the signature “spindle” grille on rearwards. The automaker also declares that its “an all-new platform gives the UX exceptional body rigidity and a low centre of gravity for the agile handling of a hatchback.” A slightly taller hatchback, is all.

It’s not showing us much more than that for the time being, but the video below provides a glimpse inside the cabin that would appear to pack a typically Lexus upscale environment into its smaller form. Note the wide but short infotainment display mounted level with the instrument cluster, instead of protruding higher or mounted lower in the center stack as it is on other models from the same manufacturer.

Given the “User Experience” nameplate, and the expectations of the younger clientele Lexus will be going after here, we’d anticipate the UX to put a clear emphasis on the onboard infotainment technologies.

The UX was first showcased as a concept bearing the same name at the Paris Motor Show about a year and a half ago now. The production model is slated for unveiling on March 6, just a week away. At that point we can expect to see the new crossover from all the angles, with the technical details to go with it – so watch this space.

  • I think it’s the Acura CDX (not available outside China) that’s the direct competitor of the Lexus UX, not the MDX.

  • Nordschleife

    Looks aside that front 3/4 pic makes the proportions look off. I personally don’t have an issue with Lexus design but 1. This is a far cry from the concept and 2. There cars seem to better encapsulate their design ethos than the SUV’s.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      But you know, being an entry level and all, it delivers pretty much everything you’d get from another Lexus costing twice as much. I think that is the ‘genius’ of this despite it being overstyled. Mercedes championed that ideology, with the GLA, CLA duo. The overall appearance of those cars when AMG styling package equipped is quite a bargain for someone looking to look the part.

      • Nordschleife

        Stop always trying to give me another point of view. Lol. Just playing. You are right. I just liked the UX concept better and maybe because of the darker color the proportions looked better. This just seems off in white but maybe when I see all the photos, I’ll think differently. I take no issue overall with Lexus design.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ha! Honestly just happy that the automotive world is chock FULL of options. Imagine i you had $30k to spend, the amount of options available…it was not the case not that long ago.

          • Nordschleife

            They just need a few more coupè.

      • Nordschleife

        Stop always trying to give me another point of view. Lol. Just playing. You are right. I just liked the UX concept better and maybe because of the darker color the proportions looked better. This just seems off in white but maybe when I see all the photos, I’ll think differently. I take no issue overall with Lexus design.

    • willhaven

      Looks almost like the Toyota CH-R from the rear window back (minus the wheel arches).

  • WG

    Nice interior. Im not a fan of the side profile though.

  • salamOOn

    well, interior looks great… outside not so much. i mean front is ok, nice headlights work great with predator mouth, but whole profile looks weird…. wheels setup, arches, door handles,fenders….

    put this dashboard into NX, add 6 cylinder from is350 and you have a winner.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Horrifically revolting. Like all other Lexus recently.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    It’s a relatively inexpensive Toyota with a Lexus badge and all the trimmings. It will sell, and quite well. Something Infinit cannot say about the QX30. Acura will probably now bring over the CDX, but considering how cautious they’ve been in years, probably not.

  • Bash

    Predictable but neat.

  • ediotsavant

    This looks great.

  • Chad L

    at least this one has a normal face

  • roy

    This somehow reminds me of the bmw x2

  • This should do well!! Loving the interior and the screen from the G-Class lol

  • Finkployd

    Had a CT, it was a lovely city car

  • erly5

    Looks good, I’m a big fan of their current styling. But would look better with a hidden rear door handle as the rear door looks like an afterthought, proportions not quite right as door handles look too close together.

  • Karl

    For a second I really thought this was the NX..

    • Rick Von Slonecker

      As did I. And I own an NX.

  • Dennis Scipio

    This looks a lot better than the UX Concept.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks nice

  • Enter Ranting

    Predictably terrible.

  • RDS Alphard

    So, the UX stands for Ugly Crossover?
    Since the X often stands for Crossover for Lexus.

  • You white, you ain’t right

    Not bad

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the Toyota CH-R looks years ahead design-wise… I expected something just as stunning but a little more premium but then again, it’s Lexus we’re talking about… their SUVs are the ugliest on sale

  • MarketAndChurch

    Not bad, not great either, just another option in this segment.

  • MultiKdizzle

    I think the RX looks nice, and I really like the way the NX looks. I like their progressive design ethos in general.

    But this – not feeling it at all.

  • enthusia

    this is very “meh”. i think we are all spoiled by the LC and were expecting something bolder, but then again this is an entry level CUV. its just odd that the CH-R it’s based on looks way sharper than this.

  • klowik

    This will move more buyers to buy UX instead since NX is not much bigger.

  • SteersUright

    Should’ve been a Toyota, not a Lexus. Anyhow, its not only somewhat ugly, its also got a terrible name, I mean, “UX”?! Really?! What is Toyota doing these days in their design department? Can you name a single beautiful car they produce under either brand?

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