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The Lexus UX Launch in Japan

[22nd Jan, 2019]

The all-new Lexus UX goes on sale now at all Lexus dealerships across Japan. Catering to urbanites in search of a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving, the UX offers the brand's innovative design, luxury features, and advanced safety in a package that combines charismatic new styling elements and ultra-efficient new powertrains. Infused with dynamic attitude, the 2019 Lexus UX is engineered to deliver quick and engaging driving with a Lexus-smooth demeanor, making it a unique entry in the luxury compact crossover segment.

The 2019 UX is the first Lexus developed to use the new Global Architecture-Compact (GA-C) platform. A lightweight yet super-rigid structure, low center of gravity and refined suspension tuning endow the UX with exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality. The UX's bold and sophisticated personality is characterized by a solid exterior that exudes power and strength, while the wide fenders and compact body convey the vehicle's agility. Inside, the cockpit invites the driver to enjoy the exhilaration of driving, while the cabin generates an overall sense of spaciousness that is immediately noticeable to the vehicle's occupants.

The UX possesses the basic proportions that define a crossover vehicle, while the GA-C platform's rigidity and low center of gravity make the UX a nimble, sporty car, emphasizing high agility, stability, and ride quality no matter the driving conditions. The UX embraces the latest powertrain technology, underscored by a new 2.0-liter direct-injection inline-4 engine and a 2.0-liter hybrid system. With the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, which includes Lane Tracing Assist, the UX ensures that all passengers travel with the assurance of the most advanced safety technology.

Main features of the all-new UX:

1. The UX's exterior styling exudes strength and power while offering a sense of sophistication and grace that expresses the vehicle's agile nature. The body's solid build emphasizes toughness and stability, providing a sense of security for all occupants. The UX possesses body proportions befitting a vehicle with excellent agility, achieved by its aggressive fender shape that flows from the center of the cabin toward the front and rear tires. The GA-C platform's low center of gravity, in tandem with wide-diameter wheels, bolster the UX's athletic demeanor.

2. The UX's rear adopts the "spindle" theme, demonstrating a sharp, tight nature. The wing-like rear combination lamp marries the left and right lamp housing to form one complete unit. Three-dimensional upright fins yield improved aerodynamic performance and driving stability, underlining the design philosophy of creating original designs that are both functional and aesthetic.

3. The UX was designed to encourage the driver to focus on driving, with all controls and gauges strategically placed for optimal efficiency. The center console box and palm rest are melded into one unit, creating a long armrest that provides maximum convenience and ease of use. The console surface has been meticulously refined to the millimeter, with ergonomic specifications fastidiously calculated and operational controls placed in areas that maximize ease of use, such as audio switches being placed at the front of the armrests.

4. The "functional and aesthetically pleasing" theme has also been incorporated in the front seats through sashiko quilting an age old Japanese embroidery art and excellent seat ventilation achieved through sthe trategic perforation, keeping the occupants comfortable on long journeys. The ornamentation on the top part of the instrument panel was inspired by washi (traditional Japanese paper), lending the UX a distinct Japanese character. The UX also features the world's first air-condition knob with LED illumination sources wirelessly powered by electromagnetic resonance, providing a unique depth to the interior lighting.

Lexus UX Key Specifications

The UX boasts razor-sharp steering response and excellent stability, owing partly to the new GA-C platform that provides the lightweight vehicle with a low center of gravity and excellent structural rigidity. The UX also utilizes the latest Lexus powertrains, namely, a newly developed direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 for the UX 200 and a 2.0-liter next-generation hybrid system in the UX 250h. Both provide exceptional response and match flawlessly with the UX's handling character, making it emblematic of Lexus' signature "refreshingly profound" driving character. All the elements come together steering, braking, and accelerating and enable a nimble drive with accurate line tracing.