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2018 Geneva Motor Show: Lexus reveals UX compact crossover

By Cameron Kirby, 07 Mar 2018 Car News

2018 Geneva Motor Show Lexus reveals UX compact crossover

Lexus’ first compact SUV breaks cover in Geneva

The Lexus UX, the first compact SUV from Toyota’s luxury brand that will compete against the likes of Audi’s Q2, and the Mini Countryman, has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Due to arrive in Australia in early 2019, the UX 250h will use the fourth generation of Lexus’ hybrid system, combining a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a CVT transmission.

The electrified crossover will have a combined system output of 131kW, while the UX 200 will utilise a combustion engine.

Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the UX was likely to be an important car for the company.

"The UX with its all-inclusive luxury will further broaden our range and enable Lexus sales to cross over the 10,000 sales barrier for the first time in our history," he said.

"For the first time, Lexus can compete in the luxury small SUV segment, growing that category by attracting new, younger customers while offering an aspirational alternative to our long-standing customers.”

Stylistically, the UX retains Lexus’ distinctive design language, with a clear resemblance to its larger RX and NX SUV siblings.

The UX measures in at 4495mm long, with a height of 1520mm, and width of 1840mm. The wheelbase is 2640mm, with a city-friendly turning circle of 10.4 metres.

Lexus claims the UX will have the lowest centre of gravity in its class, aiding its dynamic abilities.

Lexus’ Safety System+ will be fitted to the UX, which includes a pre-collision system that can recognise pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, as well as road sign assist and lane tracing assist.

An F Sport version of the UX will also be available, which adds design tweaks to the front  bumper, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, and adaptive variable suspension.

Lexus’ showroom has been booming in the last 18 months, with the UX to join the recently added LC coupe, RX “L” seven-seat SUV, and soon to be launched locally LS sedan.