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Lexus debuts new compact luxury UX crossover

All-new crossover model range includes segment-first self-charging hybrid

Published: February 3, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: February 7, 2019, 3:00 AM

2019 Lexus UX 200

Lost in all the hype surrounding auto show concept reveals, the production-ready Lexus UX 250h made its Canadian Debut at the Montreal International Auto Show.

2019 Lexus UX 250h

Toyota calls the all-new crossover the compact luxury utility vehicle that Canadian drivers have been waiting for, including a segment-first self-charging hybrid for the urban lifestyle.

“The Canadian compact luxury SUV segment is booming as drivers look for a vehicle that matches today’s urban lifestyle,” said Robert Tsang, Director of Lexus in Canada. “As the segment’s first self-charging hybrid, the UX 250h offers Canadian drivers everything they love about compact luxury SUV plus incredible performance with standard active safety features and fuel efficiency – at a price that makes it easy to embrace the advantages of Lexus electrification technology.”

2019 Lexus UX 200

As expected from Lexus, the styling is bold, and craftsmanship is precise. It also connects cabin occupants to allow them to do and find the things they expect, no matter where they find themselves. The 2-model UX series will roll into dealerships in spring 2019.

Starting at $37,100, the entry-level front-wheel drive UX 200 gets power from a 168-hp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, while the hybrid UX 250h (starting at $39,700) boosts horsepower to 175 (net) by adding two electric motors in the transaxle and channelling the power to a new electric all-wheel drive system (called eAWD).

2019 Lexus UX 250h

The eAWD system integrates another electric motor (5.3 kW) into the rear differential, adding the rear axle to the drivetrain of the front-drive base. Power distribution between front and rear is handled by the vehicle stability control system (VSC).

Both versions are equipped with Lexus Drive Mode Select that allows the driver to choose from three different drive modes — Normal, Eco to minimize fuel consumption through throttle response and air-conditioning operation, and Sport for improved throttle and steering response. Both can also be optioned up with the F-Sport performance package.