Lexus’s answer to the BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace is said to be as 'agile as a hatchback'

Lexus has claimed that its upcoming UX crossover, which is on show in Geneva, will be as agile as a hatchback thanks to an all-new platform with a low centre of gravity.

The new car is one of the brand's most aggressive-looking models. Inside, 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 in 2016. 

The UX will be powered by a mix of internal combustion engine and traditional hybrid powertrains, as proven by Lexus’s trademarking of 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.

Rivals range in length from 4400mm to 4450mm, so it’s likely that the UX will sit somewhere in the middle. 

Prices have yet to be confirmed, but its closest competitors are priced £29,000-£35,000. The NX occupies the lower end of the segment’s price range, so it’s likely that the UX will do the same, with a price tag of less than £30,000 expected.

The Lexus RX L, a seven-seat version of its large SUV featuring three rows of seats, will make its European debut at the show, alongisde the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, first revealed at the Detroit motor show in early January.

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21 February 2018

This is interesting simply because price and class leading reliability and quality is going to bring the marque into the salary brackets of many more buyers and possibly company fleets as well. Hopefully the unbustable reliability will remain and on that alone it will be better than the rest. I think the design is going to steal a lot of buyers from F Pace et al

what's life without imagination

27 February 2018

And with hybrid powertrain is sure to take the fight to the dirty diesels!

 

27 February 2018

It's hideous. Another pointless effort from a pointless brand that sells very few cars in Europe. Can anyone really see it stealing any sales from BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Jaguar and Audi? I can't!

27 February 2018
TStag wrote:

It's hideous. Another pointless effort from a pointless brand that sells very few cars in Europe. Can anyone really see it stealing any sales from BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Jaguar and Audi? I can't!

 

Given I like this and find the alternatives from the brands you mention bland or ugly, yes I can! Styling is subjective after all.

 

Vive la difference!

27 February 2018
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

TStag wrote:

It's hideous. Another pointless effort from a pointless brand that sells very few cars in Europe. Can anyone really see it stealing any sales from BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Jaguar and Audi? I can't!

 

Given I like this and find the alternatives from the brands you mention bland or ugly, yes I can! Styling is subjective after all.

 

Vive la difference!

Whist it is a whiff of a new Toyota SUV but sufficiently more attractive it will sell very well

what's life without imagination

27 February 2018

that front end is ugly ,talk about styled around a grille

27 February 2018

They keep trying so hard with their origami-inspired edgy styling in an apparent bid to capture younger customers, yet the only people I see behind the wheel appear to be of pensionable age, on their way to the golf club...

27 February 2018

I really do like the Lexus design language, and its posative that versions other than the Hybrid will be available, hopefully to us in the UK as well. Having said that i still dont want an automatic, and i still dont want an SUV, so i am afraid Lexus will remain a brand i admire rather than actually buy. But this or an epace or German thing, and it would be an easy choice.

27 February 2018
I always thought full width rear lights were illegal in the EU? That was why the 911 Targa has very small gaps between each cluster and the central part of the 'full width' light. But this and the Audi A7/8 appear to have actual full width lights. So have something changed starting 2018?

3 March 2018

Urban myth! There is nothing in EU legislation, no matter how backward and crooked it is at times, that actually bans car manufacturers from producing vehicles with full length rear light bars.

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