Lexus has circulated the first official picture of the 2019 Lexus UX, their pioneer urban crossover. This brand new car will be revealed during the 2018 Geneva motor show and is set to compete with the likes of BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and the Mercedes GLA-Class. It shares the TNGA modular platform with Toyota’s C-HR model.
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2019 Lexus UX Exterior
The exterior design of this car reveals a vivid and stylish design that combines a compact size with revealing bodywork. Its high beltline and muscular haunches highlight its crossover identity. Some of the key changes comparing with the 2 year old concept are visible on the grille, taillight strip, and the door surface break lines. There has been some toning down in the car’s exterior design. The front fascia retains the Lexus’ spindle grille. The angular headlights from the previous model have now been substituted by more established clusters.
The wheels will be in two dimensions, 17-inches (five-spoke), and 18-inches, aluminum whee of course.
– length is 4,495 mm / 178 inch,
– Width is 1,840 mm / 72,5 inch,
– Wheelbase is 2,640 mm / 104 inch,
– Height is 1,520 mm / 60 inch.
A new platform has been introduced for this car that allows it to have extraordinary handling capabilities, a low center of gravity, and remarkable body rigidity. The cabin comes with a more driver-centered cockpit and plenty of room for the passengers. A large screen has been included on the dash with the center console now tilting slightly towards the driver. The number of buttons on the dash has been reduced to make its operation much simpler.
Although not many details have been shared concerning this car’s drivetrain, you should expect a new hybrid powertrain (UX 250h) based on a 2.0-liter engine, with 178 combined horsepower. This one will use electronic continuously variable transmission. The 2019 UX hybrid engine will be founded on the Lexus’ blue-highlighted badge. Having been built on the TNGA modular platform, an inline-4 2-liter gasoline-powered (UX 200) engine is also expected. It will use Direct Shift-CVT (continuously variable) transmission. Toyota recently unveiled the Dynamic Force engine and it won’t be a surprise to see a gas-powered variant of this engine being adopted.
The new 2019 Lexus SUV is expected to hit the market towards the end of 2018. It is likely to be sold in both the UX 250h and the UX 250 variants. The 2019 UX 250h is its hybrid variant. The base model is expected to cost $36,800 while the hybrid variant is expected to cost $38,210.