Imbuing a youthful appeal to its expanding lineup, Al-Futtaim Lexus launches the all-new UX in the UAE this week, an innovative addition to the luxury compact crossover segment.
Unveiled at an unconventional location in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre and inspired by Japanese robotics and aesthetics, the urban compact crossover was presented to a large press and socialite crowd, who were treated to a light and car dance show, set to reflect what the new crossover embodies: bold, young, upbeat, head-turner and conversations-trigger.
While the UX name is derived from the guiding concept of the vehicle’s design team and describes the vehicle’s mission as Urban + X-over (crossover), the all-new model is engineered to deliver a quick and engaging driving experience with a Lexus-smooth demeanor, making it a unique entry in the luxury compact crossover segment.
Designed by Ms. Chika Kako, Executive Vice President of Lexus International and Chief Engineer, the UX is infused with a dynamic attitude, to deliver a quick and engaging driving, based on a concept called “Cross-Create” which creates harmony between ‘a robust body characteristic of a crossover SUV’ and ‘a strong contrasting glamourous shine’.
“The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary, and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”
She added: “I wanted to positively overturn the image of a crossover and offer a car with nimble performance and excellent manoeuvrability that makes it as easy to drive like a sedan.”
About the new UX
The 2019 Lexus UX has a front-wheel drive configuration and is powered by a new high-efficiency 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine, which is coupled with a new 10-speed Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (D-CVT). It offers a host of exciting features, including a Drive Select controller with up to five modes that allows the driver to tailor the driving experience.
The 2019 Lexus UX introduces world-first unique aero ventilation design, which was developed to reduce air turbulence over the wheel surface.
The vehicle’s sleek form flows out from the lines of the signature grille to envelop the cabin. Crisp, prominent sculpted surfaces and dramatically flared front and rear fenders reflect the vehicle’s robust inspiration, while an aerodynamic profile, large wheels pushed to the corners and an impressive front fascia create an agile, sporty stance.
The bold Lexus UX design culminates at the full-width rear lights, which project a distinctive nighttime signature formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs tapering towards the center, that measures just 3.17 millimeters thin at its narrowest point.
Complementing the all-new Lexus UX’s emotional design is a thrilling drive personality. The UX 200 delivers a combination of engaging performance and high efficiency from a newly developed 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 169 hp and 205 Nm of torque.
The car features a comprehensive array of safety features to protect its occupants, such as 8 SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Panoramic View Monitor (PVM), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Parking Support Alert (PKSA), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Active Cornering Assist (ACA), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), among many others.
Available in 13 distinctive exterior colors, the all-new Lexus UX allows customers to express their individuality with two exclusive colors for the F SPORT version.
Furthermore, the all-new model has been rearmed with two new wheel designs; 17-inch wheels – incorporating a world-first aero ventilation design developed to reduce air turbulence over the wheel surface, and an F SPORT exclusive 18-inch wheel with run-flat tires designed for excellent handling stability.
The new UX is available across all Al-Futtaim Lexus showrooms in the UAE in three grades:
UX 200 Premier, UX 200 F Sport Prestige and UX 200 F Sport Platinum for $40,836 (AED 150,000), $43,559 (AED 160,000), $49,004 (AED 180,000) respectively, inclusive of VAT.