THE URBAN EXPLORER
A NEW GENRE
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show saw the world debut of the new UX, a free-spirited crossover crafted expressly for the modern urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle.
The development teams have worked closely to produce a car in which the exterior and interior appear almost seamlessly linked. Powerful bodywork, notable for its flared front and rear wings, clothes a cabin that provides a driver-focused cockpit and an open, relaxing space for passengers. While still offering a commanding view from the steering wheel, the UX offers a driving position that makes the crossover feel more like a responsive hatchback to drive, rather than an SUV.
The stylish and distinctive exterior design execution generates a unique identity, combining a secure and spacious feel yet condensed appearance. Details include daytime running lights arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights to emphasise the Lexus L-shaped illumination signature. The spindle grille has a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the central Lexus emblem.
Sashiko Leather Quilting
The smooth leather upholstery available for the UX is inspired by sashiko, a traditional Japanese quilting technique that is also used in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. The quilted leather is decorated with new perforation patterns that form mathematical curves and gradations in perfect alignment, enhancing the appearance of the seats.
World-First Aerodynamic Design Details
Lexus took a new approach to achieve the best possible aerodynamic performance from the UX’s rear combination lamps, wheel arch mouldings and, in a world first concept, aerodynamic wheels that help both keep the brakes cool and reduce wind resistance.
Self-charging Hybrid Powertrain
The Lexus UX 250h will use a new fourth generation hybrid electric system that features a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The new engine is notable for its high thermal efficiency and output, with provisional performance figures for the full hybrid self-charging system.
The design of the UX expresses the sense of security expected of a crossover, and equally communicates agility and a fun-to-drive quality with sleek, attractively condensed appearance.
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