2019 Lexus UX Priced From $32,000, Sales Commence In December

Lexus’ challenger in the premium subcompact SUV party is called the UX, and will take on models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

It will arrive at dealers across the United States in December, in UX 200 guise, which has an MSRP of $32,000, excluding a $1,025 destination charge.

One month later, the UX 250h will follow with hybrid power, more muscle, improved fuel efficiency and all-wheel drive – and a $2,000 premium.

The 2019 UX 200 is powered by a new 2.0-liter engine, making 169 hp (171 PS / 126 kW) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque that’s mated to a CVT transmission and front-wheel drive. The AWD UX 250h uses a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.0 petrol four and two co-axial electric motor-generators that churns out a combined output of 175 hp (177 PS / 131 kW).

Lexus has opted for an all-wheel drive system that uses a separate, dedicated 7 hp electric motor-generator integrated into the rear differential. Power distribution between the front and rear axles is automatically adjusted by the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system for optimum traction.

Both models come with a choice of 12 exterior colors (two of which are F Sport-exclusive) and can be specced with the F Sport package, which includes exclusive bumpers and grille, large LED fog lamp bezels with L-shaped chrome moldings, cornering lamps and 18-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels.

In the cabin, the F Sport versions have front sport seats, perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters, aluminum pedals, footrest and door scuff plates, an 8-inch TFT color display (instead of the 7-in in regular models) and a movable ring inspired by the LFA supercar in the digitally-rendered instrument cluster. Moreover, Lexus says the F Sport experience can be enhanced with the Active Sound Control system that mimics the aural effect of gearshifts to replicate the sound of a conventional geared auto transmission.

All UX crossovers have standard Apple CarPlay and a sound system with 6 speakers, and a head-up display, an upgraded audio with 8 speakers and a 10.25-inch screen with the Lexus Navigation system.

The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is standard on all variants, and it features eight airbags (including driver and passenger knee airbags), intelligent high-beam headlights, road sign assist, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane tracing assist, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

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  • Grumpy

    169 hp and 151 lb-ft for 32k is obsurd

  • 9car4

    I’m sorry Lexus. I’ve stood by you when the spindle grille came out and you started being less conservative in your designs…..but this must be the ugliest vehicle you have ever made.

  • Six_Tymes

    “only a mother could love

  • Mike

    this is a design disaster

  • SUV’s are hard to justify but smaller ones must be impossible; worse aerodynamics to their sedan counterparts, can’t even get on the pavement, marginal to no practicality benefit…….

    Oh wait, profit!

    • ace_9

      Here are some reasons why people buy them:
      Ground clearance is a little bit higher, so bumpers are not scraped so easily, usually there is also more plastic exposed, which is more durable to small stones and dirt, the suspension travel is often a little bit longer and it feels better on unpaved roads (no offroading of course) or for example pot holes, visibility is a little bit better, it is a little bit easier to get in and out and install child seats for example, these cars usually feel safer, a little bit higher ground clearance (also a bit more weight) might actually be beneficial in some collisions, other drivers are also less likely to overlook a little bit bigger and higher car, the trunk is also usually a little bit bigger compared to hatchbacks, surprisingly also some other things like changing headlight bulbs can be easier, because there is more space in the engine bay, and last but not least, one can also get a feeling he is getting more car for his money.

  • ace_9

    I like how it looks and I specifically like how many people hate it, because I don’t like to drive a car, that I can often see on the road.

  • erly5

    I like it!

  • Joe E

    From the outside, this looks no more like a luxury vehicle than a CH-R or a Nissan Kicks. There is no graceful, premium elegance to this design.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Soooo….What’s the NX for? There’s a bigger difference in size between the BMW X1/X3/X5, but the UX and NX are very close in size, and the NX is close to the size of a normal RX, hell even an RX-L because the wheelbase wasn’t stretched, Lexus just added the addition to the back of the car. BTW, reverse engineering is never a good idea. Most car companies make an extended version of another vehicle by extending the wheelbase, not adding more material to the front or back of the car. That’s just a$$ backwards.

  • THIS IS JUST NASTY LOOKING.

  • SteersUright

    Thats no Lexus. Thats a Toyota all day. Nice interior, but not nearly nice enough to bring the game to Audi, MB, BMW, etc. Lexus’ entire lineup is getting less interesting by the day. Might as well fold up shop and just move on to nothing more than fully autonomous appliances.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I’d rather pick the Toyota CHR over this. CHR’s design is much easier to digest. This one is.. well.. just too much. So disappointing. BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA are betterlooking. There’s a fine line between edgy and ugly, unfortunately its seems like Lexus doesn’t understand it.

  • Craig

    Wow. Just…. WOW. That grill. Come on Lexus. Everything else is at least OK looking But that grill makes it look like a joke. A BIG JOKE. [emphasis on BIG] I wonder what it would like if it didn’t go down so far. Like THIS….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf759c13c5808d4d0e5beb8d02281e2f2037d000fabe71ecf973d5a61d3a34a3.jpg

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Comically overpriced and underpowered.

    Why would ANYONE buy this hideous thing with a CVT over a GLA or a Q3???

    • ThatGuy

      Q3 yes, GLA nope, No Merc offers as much kit as the Lexus, GLA will be faster and more unreliable .
      Q3 though is better on all fronts

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        The A/CLA/GLA have actually proven to be very reliable, thankfully. Don’t know where you got your info from.

        Who cares about kit, do you want to be seen in that f**king Lexus? It is hideous.

        • ThatGuy

          2 mates have them,issues they had so far sensors & suspension noises. The one said his GLA feels like it shift to slow, i told him thats not an issue more gearbox type, meaning he cant expect a Audi RS DSG shift in a cruiser(like get a grip dude).

          Most people care about kit especially in these soft cruisers, in sports cars its pointless,but to pay so much and get almost nothing is just not feasible.
          It is hideous that’s a fact, thats why a GLA and this one are non options.
          Even and X1 trumps those 2 and im not a big Beamer fan. Mazda CX 5 in a top spec for this kinda money.

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