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2019 Lexus UX Spec, Feature, Reviews & Price In Nigeria

2019 Lexus UX Spec, Feature, Reviews & Price In Nigeria

2019 Lexus UX Spec, Feature, Reviews & Price In Nigeria

 

Lexus’ newest and smallest crossover SUV arrives in December
Two powertrain choices: gasoline-powered UX 200 or UX 250h hybrid
Starting at just over $33,000 – ₦11,979,000 this will be the least-expensive new Lexus

It was only about a decade ago that compact luxury SUVs emerged as The Next Big Thing for new-car shoppers seeking a premium vehicle that was also practical, bold yet stylish, and not crazy expensive. Since then, luxury SUVs like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Lexus NX have flourished.

Now the spotlight is on an even smaller set. In the past few years, subcompact luxury crossovers like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA have come into their own. Missing from the party has been a Lexus. That all changes with the 2019 Lexus UX.

As previously reported around its Geneva Motor Show debut earlier this year, the new Lexus UX will be offered in two primary versions: The standard, gasoline-powered UX 200, or the gasoline-electric hybrid called the UX 250h. Built on a platform used by the Toyota C-HR, the 2019 UX 200 only comes with front-wheel drive. The hybrid UX 250h, however, has all-wheel drive standard thanks to an electric motor that powers the rear wheels.

 

At home in the city

The Lexus UX’s city-centric nature also points to its powertrain philosophy, hence the front-drive nature of the UX 200, with its 169-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is reserved for the UX 250h hybrid, which combines an efficient front-drive 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 2-motor electric setup driving the rear wheels. However, the emphasis is on efficiency over stick-to-the-pavement handling or off-road shenanigans. At speeds over 45 mph, the UX 250h hybrid will only send power to the front wheels. Lexus’ logic is that the AWD system is meant to provide the extra traction at lower speeds, when there’s the biggest risk of slippage on slick roads. They say this setup also optimizes the UX 250h for the most fuel efficiency.

The UX comes in two configurations. The UX200 uses a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4. Torque output of 151 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm means the base UX doesn’t generate a lot of off-the-line grunt, but it builds power evenly and without much audible drama.

Lexus moves power to the front wheels of the UX200 via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The unusual transmission lets a single fixed gear handle launches from a stop, then switches to the CVT, which as a result of the design, can be packaged in a smaller space, with smaller pulleys and belts. The net is better and quicker responses through a set of 10 transmission ratios, all but one simulated by clever programming.

The combination in the 3,307-pound UX200 yields a 0-60 mph time of 8.9 seconds, according to Lexus, and a top speed of 118 mph. Strictly pedestrian numbers, not awful, but nothing like the stellar 375 hp thrown off by the Benz GLA 45.

Opt for the UX 250h and it’s an entirely different setup, with a 2.0-liter inline-4 run on the Atkinson lean-burn cycle for optimum efficiency, a complex electronically controlled CVT, and a nickel-metal hydride battery that sits under the rear seat.

Lexus UX 200 road test

Lexus estimates the UX 200 will earn 33 mpg combined on the EPA scale.
The Lexus UX 200 isn’t very sporty, nor is it intended to be.

During a product presentation, Lexus executives freely admitted that this small luxury crossover emphasizes “flexibility over horsepower.” To that end, with 169 horsepower, it significantly trails rivals like the aforementioned Volvo XC40, which packs up to 248 ponies. Lexus pegs the 0-60 mph time of the UX 200 at 8.9 seconds. The Volvo XC40 T5, by comparison, sprints to that benchmark in the low 6-second range.

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So no, the new Lexus UX 200 isn’t all that quick. But it also doesn’t feel sluggish. You needn’t fear being the last one up the on-ramp, and if you have adequate space on that 2-lane road, you’ll be fine getting around slower traffic. There is a Sport mode that adjusts throttle mapping and steering sensitivity, but it doesn’t exactly open up the stable for more horsepower. And even in F Sport trim – available for both the standard and hybrid Lexus UX – there’s no added power, just a slightly firmer ride setup and sporty aesthetic touches.

What this small Lexus does best is, well, be a Lexus. By that we mean provide a comfortable, premium ride. In this respect it feels like a smaller Lexus NX, which in turn feels like a smaller Lexus RX. The Russian doll analogy is fitting for even Lexus’ baby SUV. Except on some rougher roads, we found the cabin quiet. And the Lexus’ suspension did a good job quelling said rougher roads.

Also above average is the UX’s maneuverability. Lexus touts its turning circle as a low 34.2 feet, and we can attest to this nimbleness. During a missed turn on our drive route, we were able to rapidly make a U-turn on a tight street to get back on track.

UX 250h hybrid – more of everything for not much more

As an entry-level premium crossover for the urban commuter, the UX 200 is easily recommendable. But we’d urge you to also consider the UX 250h. From our first impression, we think the Lexus UX hybrid is better for several reasons. Thanks to its complementary electrified powertrain, the 2019 Lexus UX 250h is slightly more powerful (total horsepower is 175), more efficient (estimated at 38 mpg combined), and has all-wheel drive standard, a valuable attribute for those living in cold-weather areas.

| 2019 Lexus UX Spec, Feature, Reviews & Price In Nigeria

Moreover, the extra cost for the hybrid isn’t that much of a premium considering the added benefits. Starting at just over $35,000, the hybrid UX is priced exactly $2,000 – ₦7,260,00.00 more than the standard version, about the same as some automakers charge for all-wheel drive alone.

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The UX 250h is more pleasant to drive. Thanks to its battery-fed electric motor that powers the rear wheels (Lexus estimates the front/rear power split at roughly 80/20), the UX 250h feels like it’s always got a little extra to give versus the standard UX 200. Though the on-paper power difference between the two models is modest, it’s enough to make the hybrid Lexus UX 250h feel almost peppy. That subjective, seat-of-the-pants feel is backed up by numbers. Lexus estimates the UX 250h hits 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, vs. the 8.9 of the UX 200. Again, this isn’t blazing, but the extra oomph is appreciated.

The Lexus UX hybrid also uses a CVT, but it doesn’t have the mechanical first gear like the UX 200. Yet thanks to its electrification, acceleration is smooth and refined.

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Lexus UX Spec

Worthy of the Lexus badge; on sale by year-end

Lexus took a little longer than others to make a subcompact luxury SUV, but the UX proves to be a worthy addition to the Japanese automaker’s stable. We suspect it will find a ready audience. As a de facto replacement for the luxury automaker’s formerly least-expensive car, the Lexus CT 200h that went out of production last year, the UX brings more of what today’s buyer’s want: the higher seating position and practicality of an SUV, available all-wheel drive, the latest safety systems, and technology like standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.

Lexus UX Spec

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