Lexus’ Smallest SUV UX Will Rival X1, GLA And Q3; Here’s All You Need To Know About It

Published On March 12, 2018 08:41 PM By Raunak Awasthi for Lexus at CarDekho.com

The Lexus UX features a brand new platform as well as petrol and hybrid powertrains 

Lexus UX

Lexus took the wraps off its entry-level SUV, the UX, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The UX is Lexus’ answer to the growing entry-level luxury crossover space led by the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3. The production-spec SUV is based on the UX concept, which was first showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Lexus UX

Design 

Pictured: Lexus UX Concept 

When Lexus released the first official image and video of the production-spec UX a few days ago, we told you that it looks toned down when compared to the dramatic-looking concept. That said, the new Lexus still appears eye-catching like its edgy and striking-looking siblings.

Lexus UX

At the front, Lexus’ trademark arrowhead-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs) are placed above the headlights while the spindle grille has a new block-shaped pattern (other cars from Lexus are offered with slats) with a three-dimensional look for the regular model and an exclusive mesh pattern for the more aggressive F-Sport variant. It rides on 17- or 18-inch wheels with the latter being standard on the F-Sport model.

Lexus UX

At the rear, it has retained the connected tail lamp setup of the concept. Lexus says that this arrangement is made up of 120 LEDs. Expect this design in future Lexus SUVs, including its flagship coupe-crossover concept - the LF-1, as well.

Lexus UX

Like its exterior, the UX's interior also has a typical Lexus feel to it. The UX continues to offer ‘seat-in-control’ approach that Lexus has been following with its latest offerings. It imparts a feeling of being sucked into the driver’s seat with every function within your reach. Unlike the NX, the UX’s centre console is tilted towards the driver.

Lexus UX

The instrument cluster is inspired from Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, and so does the analogue clock, which is placed alongside the infotainment system. As is the case with Lexus’ F Sport models, the UX F Sport offers a sportier cabin with exclusive upholstery options. 

Lexus UX

Dimensions 

 

Lexus UX

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Audi Q3

BMW X1

Length

4495mm

4424mm

4388mm

4439mm

Width

1840mm

1804mm

1831mm

1821mm

Height

1520mm

1494mm

1608mm

1612mm

Wheelbase

2640mm

2699mm

2603mm

2670mm

Platform

The Lexus UX debuts a brand new platform called the Global Architecture-C (GA-C). However, it is something that we’ve already seen before with Toyota as the GA-C is Lexus' version of its parent company’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform which underpins the Prius and the CH-R. Even the upcoming Corolla will be based on this platform. 

Lexus UX

However, the GA-C is, of course, an improved version of the TNGA. It is relatively more rigid and offers an even lower centre of gravity that aids driveability thanks to weight-saving measures in the body construction. These include side doors, fenders and a bonnet made from lightweight aluminium along with rear doors made up of a resin material.

Engine and transmission

Since the UX’s platform is a derivative of Toyota’s TNGA, the new Lexus has borrowed Toyota's latest powertrains built exclusively for TNGA-based models. It is powered by a new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency from Toyota’s latest Dynamic Force Engine family. It also features Toyota’s latest Direct-shift CVT transmission that uses regular gears in conjunction with the pulley-based system of a CVT to reduce the rubber band effect associated with CVTs. The new Direct-shift CVT transmission will be available with the regular petrol version of the SUV, the UX 200. But since Lexus is only likely to launch the hybrid model of the SUV in India, here’s how it will stack up against its rivals here. 

Petrol

Lexus UX 250h

Audi Q3

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Engine

2.0-litre petrol-hybrid motor

1.4-litre Turbo

2.0-litre Turbo

Power

178PS (Hybrid system output)

150PS

183PS

Torque

 

250Nm

300Nm

Transmission

E-CVT

7-speed Dual-Clutch Auto

7-speed Dual-Clutch Auto

Drivetrain

All-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

  • The Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA are also available with a diesel engine option with the Audi offering an all-wheel-drive option too. The performance-oriented and relatively expensive AMG version of the GLA gets a standard all-wheel-drive setup  
  • The BMW X1, on the other hand, is offered only with a diesel engine option along with an optional all-wheel-drive setup like the Q3. Check our their diesel specs below

Diesel

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Audi Q3

BMW X1

Engine

2.1-litre

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

Power

136PS

150PS/ 183PS

190PS

Torque

300Nm

340Nm/ 380Nm

400Nm

Transmission

7-speed Dual-Clutch Auto

7-speed Dual-Clutch Auto

8-speed Dual-Clutch Auto

Drivetrain

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive/ all-wheel-drive (183PS)

Front-wheel-drive/ all-wheel-drive

Will it come to India? 

Lexus UX

Like most of its siblings, the UX will be available with both petrol and hybrid powertrains. If you are looking for a diesel-powered Lexus, however, you will have to spend way more and buy the flagship LX SUV. The UX will go on sale later this year in major markets across the globe. Expect it to be launched in India in early 2019. Lexus is likely to offer just the UX Hybrid version here as Lexus has chosen to only launch its greener and eco-friendly lineup of cars in the country to make a mark for itself in a market crowded with petrol and diesel-powered luxury cars. Like other cars from its portfolio, the UX will most likely be offered as a CBU (completely built unit) import and prices are expected to be in the vicinity of Rs 40 lakh.

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