Lexus launches its “Urban Explorer” from the heart of northern Europe.
We Americans prefer our cars on the XXL side – you can hardly miss that fact on the roads. As fuel remains relatively cheap compared to European countries, we float toward larger-than-life SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator rather than the small Lexus UX. Still, it’s a big world out there, and Lexus figures this UX – short for “Urban Explorer” – should fare well in a growing competitive market. It’s definitely not alone – facing off against the BMW X1/X2, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Infiniti QX30, Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC40, and the list goes on. So what does Lexus bring to the party? Lexus flew TFLcar’s Roman Mica out to Stockholm, Sweden to show us what their new model is all about.
Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the 2019 Lexus UX
By virtue of its size and fuel efficiency, the 2019 Lexus UX is well-suited to the city beat. Unlike gargantuan SUVs, this car and its competitors are meant to tackle crowded cityscapes and small roads, where maneuverability means all.
To that end, Lexus’ smallest crossover has an appropriately sized engine. The conventional UX 200 model puts out 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter engine. Unlike most others in the segment, however, this car is naturally-aspirated. However, as is the Lexus way, there’s also a hybrid version. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h puts out a combined 175 horsepower. Fuel economy details are under embargo until September 12th – come back then for more details! At 34.2 feet, Lexus claims the UX has the best turning circle in its segment.
Inside, the 2019 Lexus UX comes with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support, as well as wireless charging. One new feature unique to this 2019 Lexus UX is its audio controls. They rest in a unit in the center console, just beneath the armrest. That means you can change the station and volume while your arm is still rested on the center console.
Find out more about the 2019 Lexus UX in the video above. Come back on September 12th for driving impressions and more information! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views and real-world reviews.