Transferring Down Market and Up Quantity
With the brand new 2019 Lexus UX 250h, Lexus expands its crossover lineup down market. They're hoping to not solely promote youthful consumers their first Lexus, however their first luxurious automotive.
Let’s Get Small
Lexus launched the trade’s
first luxurious crossover—the legendary RX—20 years in the past, and as a part of Toyota enjoys
a hyperlink to hybrid automobiles going again virtually 20 years (to 2005). It is sensible,
then, to introduce the UX with fuel solely and hybrid powertrains. Go for
the UX 200 with its 2.Zero-liter 4 or, in case you have greener objectives, the UX 250h,
with a extra environment friendly 2.Zero-liter engine mixed with Lexus’ fourth-generation
Lexus claims that UX stands for City
X-over (crossover), however it’s additionally potential that they’ve already used up most of
the out there letters with their expanded vary of crossovers!
Whereas this arrival is being
heralded as “new and thrilling,” a cynic might say that Lexus seemed round and
realized that different manufacturers had been already promoting dinky high-riding mini-utes and
they didn’t wish to miss out.
The Delivery of a New Small Mannequin
As Lexus strikes smaller and smaller,
it means the UX is the primary Lexus to make use of the shared Toyota small automotive International
Structure Compact (GA-C) platform. Whereas this additionally underpins the standard
Corolla, it represents the most recent tech for compacts and reduces growth
Refined surfaces discovered right here
As a Lexus, this new child will get the identical
gaping maw up entrance, however the texture is a intelligent block-shape mesh sample that
provides a special look relying in your viewpoint. That ought to have an
influence in shut, city environments (together with Japan). The Takumi (artisan in
Japanese) clay modeling course of was used to refine the surfaces, which is a
problem with all of the completely different traces a Lexus has to put on lately. Regardless of
the problems of downsizing design cues onto a smaller platform, Lexus has delivered
a handsome automobile.
Lexus claims that a few of the
design parts have sensible worth, such because the Aero Stabilizing Blade Lights
in again. It might probably make a distinction at excessive velocity, however everyone knows
that with crossovers, any SUV options, together with wheel arch moldings for
defending towards flying gravel, are all for present.
The Coloration Palette
Within the EV trade, white and blue
are generally used to speak high-tech effectivity, so it’s good to know
that solely the hybrid model of the UX will get Extremely White and Extremely Sonic Blue
Mica 2.Zero paint choices. You'll be able to decide from 10 extra hues, too. Cadmium Orange and
Nori Inexperienced supply multilayer functions and enlarged mica particles for
dramatic impact. These are nice promoting factors for millennials, who're
apparently extra interested by wanting good on the town than getting lined in mud
The F Sport seems able to hit the street–arduous
There are three ranges—base, F Sport, and Luxurious, all with normal all-wheel drive. My check automotive, within the aforementioned Extremely Sonic Blue Mica 2.Zero paint, was an F Sport, so the block sample on its grill was made up of particular person L-shaped items! You get L-shaped chrome moldings, too.
Nevertheless it’s not nearly seems. The F
Sport UX 250h receives unique suspension tuning with revised springs and
stabilizer bars for a tighter experience. It additionally flaunts extra inflexible 18-inch distinctive
wheels. One hopes the city jungle’s roads don’t talk an excessive amount of to the
Luxurious introduced inside
That may very well be mitigated by the F Sport
unique inside, with sport seats made with particular foam. The cockpit takes
inspiration from its tremendous luxurious siblings, together with the intelligent sliding ring
within the instrument panel and perforated-leather steering wheel.
Inspiration from House–& Past
Lexus employed the Japanese idea
known as engawa, in having the higher
a part of the instrument panel seem like it extends out past the windshield and
into the fenders. Whereas it’s an attention-grabbing aesthetic, very similar to residing in an
Eichler home with its floor-to-ceiling home windows, Lexus claims sensible
advantages (like these aerodynamic taillamps). They declare the design aids in
parking in small areas.
Japanese traditions are effective, however Chief
Engineer Kako frolicked in Europe to outline the UX’s inside look and
high quality. Lexus affords a big selection of inside shade mixtures, akin to Glazed
Caramel and Birch with Lapis—or Circuit Purple within the F Sport.
The hybrid likes to reside within the metropolis
How a lot profit does the hybrid
present? The EPA numbers present that each UX is environment friendly. The 250h, with its
extra motor and battery, is 300 kilos heavier, however earns six mpg higher
numbers total than the 200 (41 mpg metropolis/38 freeway/30 mixed vs. 29/37/33,
respectively). You'll be able to see that a lot of the enchancment is on the town—excellent.
The 200 and 250h base fashions are
simply $2,000 aside. The UX 250h begins at $34,000, the F Sport at $36,000, and
the Luxurious begins at $39,200. My tester ended up at $42,785 with some choices.
That’s the going price for little luxurious crossovers lately.
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