2019 Lexus UX Small SUV Gets Up To 168HP In U.S., Available With Subscription

If your next purchase is a small premium crossover, get ready to add a new competitor to your shortlist in the recently unveiled Lexus UX, awaiting its North American debut at this year’s NY Auto Show.

“The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” stated Lexus exec, Chika Kako. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”

The UX is built on the automaker’s new GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform, which also lays the foundation for the Toyota Prius, C-HR, Auris, Corolla and even the Avensis.

Two powertrain options

US buyers will choose between two powertrains in the front-wheel driven UX 200, and the UX 250h, which features eAWD. The latter also comes with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a new fourth generation hybrid drive system producing a total of 176 HP, while the entry-level 200 version uses just gas power, rated at 168 HP, coupled with a new CVT gearbox.

According to the Japanese automaker, you will be able to average 33 combined mpg (7.1 l/100km) in the UX 200, whereas the UX 250h will offer you an estimated 38 combined mpg (6.2 l/100km).

As for features and safety tech, all UX models come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration, while the Lexus Safety System+ brings with it Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist and a Pre-Collision System that can spot pedestrians at night.

The Lexus UX 200 and UX 250h will go into production this fall, with sales expected to commence in December. The new crossover will also be Lexus’ first ever model to be offered through a subscription service.

Article updated with live images from the New York Auto Show

 

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  • Status

    Anyone else think the nose is too long?

    • Toronado_II

      Close proportion to the CX-3.

    • Maricaibo

      I think the whole thing is butt ugly. Modern Aztec. Gaping maw. Ugh.

    • Sybill Julian

      that’s a new trend. they made a crossover with sedan’s bonnet now

    • pcurve

      Yes and it would’ve looked fine if they’d only made the rear 6 inches longer.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      I agree. the nose is long .and it’s ugly

    • ThatGuy

      Agreed, Less nose more interior space please Lexus

  • Dr Strangefingger

    I absolutely do not want this. No.

  • Autoexperte

    best interior of it class

    • Jim Ragland

      What about the exterior?

      • Autoexperte

        not my favourite

      • salamOOn

        its not great, but who cares? i spend 99percent of the time inside, and i dont care about what others think…. you dont like my cars exterior? so what….?

    • pcurve

      Interior seems very plasticky?

      • dumblikeyou2

        That’s because it is. It’s a Toyota afterall.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    A posh C-HR?

    • ThatGuy

      With less rear leg and headroom. Both will also have the trunk space of a Kia Picanto

  • Dennis Scipio

    Well, I still think it’s better looking than the concept that precedes the production model.

  • Skydis

    Not a bad looking car, but to call it exciting is a bit of a stretch.

  • charlie bear

    My god, I have a question, Why every new Lexus car is uglier than the the one before it?

    • pcurve

      I think it’s cyclical. Next wave of Lexus should look much nicer.

  • javier

    woh !!! 168 whole horsepower

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Seriously. I wonder what the curb weight is because this thing is going to have pathetically slow acceleration.

      • ThatGuy

        The CHR is 1660Kg curb weight the UX will be about 1860Kg(estimate) because of all the extras and better build quality. Heavy car with a 2.0 Naturally aspirated motor. Wont be fast but that not what most identify as a trait in these cars

  • erly5

    I love it, along with the C-HR. Both much more distinctive than the boring norm!

  • pcurve

    Repairing those side panels will require digging Michelangelo out of his grave.

  • The Avensis isn’t using the new platform yet AFAIK.

  • pcurve

    I’d like to see it in different color combo, but $25k mazda has better interior than this.

  • SteersUright

    Pathetically underpowered for what is supposedly a Japanese Luxury brand. That type of engine is ok for a Toyota, not a Lexus.

    • ThatGuy

      They tend to do this with launch cars, im sure the 2.0 turbo in the IS200 will make its way into this vehicle albeit it as the range topper with the price of a base X3, GLC, Q3 2.0 diesels.

  • Jake

    Concept was a stunner, this is an awkward mish mash.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I think it looks like such a dbag car, that I want one.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the ugliest car ever made. Both the Pontiac Aztec and the Fiat Multipla shed an aura of pure beauty when stood next to this fart.

    Lexus you’re losing it man. Tell your designers to stop dropping so much fentanyl… It’s messing with their already subpar car designing skills. This is the most butt ugly car to come out in a great many years. Shame on you, so called luxury brand.

  • TheBelltower

    Feeble effort.

  • Merc1

    It’s cute, but it’s really tiny and seemingly under powered.

    M

  • salamOOn

    interior is good, front view is good, rear view is good, we just need to avoid both 3/4 views and side view….. 😛

    especially side and 3/4 rear views are bad….

  • Harry Nimmergut

    That massive front grille looks absolutely ATROCIOUS on a small CUV.

    Someone needs to address what the heck a subscription service is. I’ve seen the term a few times now and have no idea what on earth it is.

    (Hint for future article)

  • TrevP

    Eh, everyone would be more hyped if it was a new GX.

  • Dustin

    Is subscription just a fancy new term for lease? If not, it should probably be explained in the article, particularly as it made the headline.

  • MarkoS

    It is like Lexus is laughing and saying, we can make absolutely hideous vehicles and you all will buy them anyway. This design theme only works on the sport coupes. Well executed interiors as usual though.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    why is the does it have such long over hangs… and what’s up with the shape and proportions? it’s a solid “no” for me. People will buy it because it’s a Lexus

  • Jay

    My stomach started hurting as son as I looked at this.

  • Six_Tymes

    the new Pontiac Aztec! great job lexus

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I’d take the MB over this, any day of the week.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Can I unsub?

    This is poor, guys. Awful.

  • timii

    I feel like its a next gen ct in high heels

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