Images of the Japanese carmaker's upcoming UX crossover have been released ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show. The images – consisting of both exterior and interior shots – show that the car, in addition to being one of the brand's most aggressive-looking models, will also be as agile as a hatchback. This is mainly thanks to an all-new platform with a low centre of gravity.
Inside the car, there's a new widescreen infotainment system that appears related to the one used in the Lexus LS. The small SUV – which brings the fight to the Jaguar E-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLA – stems from the UX concept, which was revealed at the Paris motor show, back in 2016.
The UX will be powered by a mix of internal combustion engine and traditional hybrid powertrains, as proven by Lexus’ trade marking of the UX200, UX250 and UX250h monikers, following the concept’s reveal. This suggests the car will share engines with lower-end NX SUV models and the ageing CT hatchback. It is thought that the UX will eventually replace the CT. Features of the production car will be toned down from those of the concept; the large, intricate wheels and door cameras in place of mirrors are the first to go.
Its rivals range in length from 4,400mm to 4,450mm; so it’s likely that the UX will sit somewhere in the middle. The Lexus RX L, a seven-seat version of its large SUV featuring three rows of seats, will make an appearance at the Geneva motor show, alongside the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, which was first revealed at the Detroit motor show, in early January.
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