LEXUS ADDS NEW ENTRY LEVEL COMPACT CROSSOVER – 2019 LEXUS UX
Coming to Lexus of Sacramento in December 2018 is the hot new entry-level crossover from Lexus, the 2019 Lexus UX, and it’s something you are going to definitely want to see for yourself. The 2019 UX proves the old adage that the best presents come in small packages. It is designed to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, BMW X1, and Audi Q3. This compact piece of luxury is ideally suited for the driver who appreciates not only the comfort, convenience, superior engineering and technology that comes with the Lexus brand, but the handling and maneuvering capabilities that only a smaller (think sports car) vehicle can deliver.
Its aggressive good looks and angular design with dramatic creases in the side panels make it appear larger than it is. Overall, the UX measures 177″ with a 103.9″ wheelbase and It has of course, the in-your-face trademark Lexus spindle grill. Look out German car makers.
Power, Technology, and Style
The 2019 Lexus UX will arrive with two drivetrains. The UX 200 is the gas-powered version, and the UX 250h is a hybrid. The UX 200 is powered by a 168 hp 4-cylinder mated to a continuous variable transmission. The hybrid is actually the more powerful of the two versions sporting a new 4-cylinder and two electric motors, one for each axel. The combined horsepower is calculated at 175 hp, and the hybrid will undoubtedly deliver a better mpg.
Lexus has added a new technology to the 250 called Predictive Efficient Drive that analyzes factors including driving habits and traffic conditions to optimize the level of charge in the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and that of the regenerative braking system, another example of forward-looking engineering.
An F package will be available for both versions. It will come with the usual sporty exterior tweaks to the grille and bumpers, along with 18″ wheels, revised springs, roll bars, and optional adaptive dampers with firmness that can be adjusted via driving modes. The F treatment will carry into the interior with special instrument clusters and front seats.
The standard version of both models has an interior that is both functional and luxurious. Speaking of standard, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, which includes forward-collision warnings with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, road sign assist, and intelligent high beams comes as standard equipment on both versions.
A 7″ touchscreen provides an easy-to-use management system. The screen grows to 10″ if you opt for navigation. As always, the infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
You may have noticed that Sacramento has a bit of congestion now and again. The nimble handling of the UX will give you an edge, not only in the battle for parking, but in the quickness required to navigate the lanes of downtown traffic.
We hope to have our first UX 200 in December with the 250 h arriving in January. Keep an eye on our ONLINE INVENTORY and then contact us for a test ride if this is the vehicle you have been looking for.