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2019 Lexus UX



Lexus has advanced its innovation in luxury utility vehicles by introducing a new gateway vehicle to the brand, the 2019 UX.

The new Lexus UX delivers the brand's innovative luxury and safety in a package that combines bold new design elements and ultra-efficient new petrol and hybrid powertrains.

Due in Australia late this year, the UX will not only be the first Lexus for many customers, but also their first luxury vehicle.

The UX name is derived from the design team's guiding concept and describes the vehicle's mission: Urban (U) and Crossover (X).

"The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving," said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX.

"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 said.

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 Lexus UX is available as the front-wheel-drive UX 200, introducing a new high-efficiency 126kW 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct Shift continuously variable transmission.

The UX 250h pairs an even higher-efficiency version of the 2.0 litre petrol engine with a new fourth-generation hybrid drive system engineered specifically for this platform. It is available with either front-wheel drive or E Four electric all-wheel drive.

Combined output of 131kW makes UX 250h the leader in performance as well as fuel efficiency while providing exhilarating driving, high-speed responsiveness and a feeling of smooth, natural acceleration.

Lexus UX is the brand's first vehicle built on the new Global Architecture - Compact (GA C) platform with its lightweight yet super-rigid structure, extremely low centre of gravity and refined suspension.

As a result, the UX delivers exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.

"I wanted to positively overturn the image of a crossover with a high body that requires careful manoeuvring and offer a car with nimble performance and excellent manoeuvrability that makes it as easy to drive as a sedan," Kako-san said.


* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information

For more information, please contact:

Nick Raman
PR Manager
Lexus Australia
T: +61 3 9647 4524
M: +61 412 830 814

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The 2019 Lexus UX is a leap forward in the compact luxury crossover segment with a design theme inspired by a secure, robust look crossbred with the stance of a sports car.

The spindle grille, though sharing its basic form with other Lexus models, is unique to the UX. It features a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the central Lexus emblem. The grille creates an intriguing three-dimensional appearance that changes with the viewing angle.

The headlamp design completes the UX's face, giving it a determined, confident gaze. Daytime running lights arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights complement the Lexus L-shaped lighting signature. These appear like brows above the standard single-projector dual-beam LED headlights or the optional ultra-small 3-projector LED units.

The full-width rear lights project a distinctive night-time signature formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs tapering toward the centre, measuring just 3mm thick at the narrowest point.

The vehicle's basic form flows out from the lines of the spindle grille to envelop the cabin. Crisp, prominent sculpted surfaces and dramatically flared front and rear fenders reflect the robust inspiration. An aerodynamic profile, large wheels pushed to the corners and a bold front fascia create the agile, sporty stance.

Takumi (Japanese for "artisan") modellers worked with design and engineering teams on all exterior surfaces. Their work was crucial to refining surfaces down to one-hundredth of a millimetre, pushing the boundaries for what could be produced in the body-stamping presses.

In a world first, the wheel arch mouldings that protect the body from gravel thrown up by the tyres use airflow over their edges to reduce turbulence and lift, contributing to the vehicle's stability.

A similar contribution is made by the rear combination lamps. Unique aero-stabilising blade lights begin at the top of the rear fenders and span the rear of the vehicle. By guiding airflow around the rear of the UX, this design also reduces turbulence and lift, contributing to vehicle stability when cornering and driving in crosswinds.

A wing spoiler at the rear edge of the roof, along with a flat underbody, contribute to vehicle quietness and fuel efficiency.

The UX comes with 17 x 6.5-inch aluminium alloy aero ventilating wheels with 215/60R17 tyres or 18 inch alloy wheels with 225/50 run-flat tyres.

In another world first, the 5-spoke 17 inch wheels feature Gurney flaps along the spoke edges designed to reduce wind resistance while also increasing airflow to cool the disc brakes. The design pulls air from the inside of the wheel, while the air flow on the outer side of the vehicle is regulated to follow the wheel surface.

The 2019 Lexus UX is offered in a palette of 13 exterior colours to accentuate its bold lines, including three new hues.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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Lexus designed the UX cabin to evoke the feel of a luxury car, but with the higher seating position and versatility desired in a crossover.

Materials and workmanship are pure Lexus, combining Japanese traditions in craftsmanship and hospitality with innovative production techniques.

Designers created a feeling of seamless continuity: from the driver's seat, the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windscreen into the fenders. This gives the driver an excellent field of vision and a clear sense of the vehicle's dimensions and tyre placement.

When viewed from outside the vehicle, the bonnet appears to connect directly to the instrument panel through the windscreen, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior.

Entering and exiting the UX is aided through optimal placement of the hip-point and unique shaping of the seat cushion. The human-centred approach shows clearly in the instrument panel's low, unobtrusive design and slim A-pillar mouldings that are shaped to improve visibility.

The UX hip and heel points ensure the driver feels closer to the road than in a conventional SUV. Typical of Lexus, the UX offers a very quiet driving experience, thanks to the high-strength structure and optimal placement of specially designed sound-absorbing and insulating materials. In typical Lexus fashion, engineers traced noises to their sources to keep them out of the cabin. Even the sound of water being displaced by the tyres is reduced.

The UX makes the driver feel more in touch with the road thanks to a "seat-in-control" concept. Critical vehicle functions are grouped around the driver's side of the cabin, and the seatback shape allows the driver to operate them while maintaining a comfortable, natural posture.

Front seats offer 6-way manual or 8-way power adjustments, the latter with adjustable lumbar support for the driver. Front-seat cushions use springs and foam specially designed to gently envelop occupants while uniformly dispersing pressure under the occupant's sciatic area.

Lexus luxury extends throughout the cabin. The three-spoke steering wheel and analogue clock come from the Lexus LS. Lexus Climate Concierge automatically links heating and cooling airflow with the heated and ventilated seats to optimise interior temperature comfort. Renowned Lexus attention to detail is also evident in a headliner design that eliminates distracting shadows at the windscreen header, as well as control switches with a signature "Lexus feel".

Other imaginative technology in the interior includes the use of white LEDs for the dome, map and cargo area lights as well as the front foot wells, glovebox and console switches.

Each air vent uses a new single-knob control for airflow direction and volume; by combining the two functions in a single control, the air passages of each vent could be enlarged, improving airflow while reducing noise.

Available illuminated vent controls with distinctive LED light sources are wirelessly powered by electromagnetic resonance of two adjacent magnetic coils vibrating at the same frequency.

Luxurious new finishes
From its inception, Lexus has drawn on Japanese traditions in craftsmanship and hospitality to infuse its vehicles with a unique sense of contemporary luxury. Lexus adapted this approach to the 2019 UX to appeal especially to younger customers experiencing their first luxury vehicle.

Chief engineer Kako drew on her extensive experience in materials development and time spent working in Europe to help define the UX interior's appearance and quality. The result is an uncluttered "less is more" approach that makes the UX interior inviting and accessible.

"When it comes to determining whether an interior is good or bad, controlling the overall balance between the continuity, unity and contrast is more important than the relative specifications of individual components," she said.

One example is an optional leather upholstery inspired by sashiko, a customary Japanese quilting technique that is also used in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. It is combined with a "calculated art" perforation pattern on the lower part of the seat that is derived from mathematical curves and gradations in perfect alignment.

The Lexus UX offers a wide choice of interior colour combinations, each of which conveys a specific mood and accentuates the premium design. The seating is available with synthetic or genuine leather. The standard models offer a choice of five colours.

The sweeping instrument panel and cabin trim offer a choice of two different grain patterns and four colours. In a Lexus first, the UX offers a new trim finish inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, known as washi. It is common in traditional Japanese homes and it evokes a calm and warm feeling. A leather grain finish, also featured in the Lexus LC coupe and LS sedan, is also available.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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The F SPORT package is available for both the UX 200 and UX 250h, featuring exclusive design features and suspension tuning.

The F SPORT transformation includes an exclusive grille design featuring a mesh pattern created by individual L-shaped pieces.

The exclusive F SPORT front bumper features large fog-lamp bezels with L-shaped chrome mouldings and the same mesh pattern as the grille.

A revised rear bumper and jet-black trim on the front and rear mouldings complete the F SPORT look.

F SPORT-exclusive interior features include front sports seats made with a highly supportive integrated-foaming technique first developed for Lexus F models - technology that helps the seats conform to the occupant's body.

The special eight-way power-adjustable F SPORT front seats feature lumbar adjustment, as well as manual forward/backward adjustment for the headrests.

The digitally rendered instrument meter features a movable virtual ring inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. It allows displayed content to be easily changed. Pushing a switch on the steering wheel moves the ring to the right and enlarges the multi-information display.

A leather-covered F SPORT steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift knob, 8 inch thin-film transistor colour display, and aluminium pedals and footrest are also part of the package.

To enhance performance, F SPORT variants are fitted with specific springs and stabiliser bars, plus a rear performance damper for a more refined ride.

The 18 inch, five twin-spoke aluminium alloy wheels unique to the F SPORT are even more rigid than standard UX wheels, contributing to responsiveness and handling agility.

The F SPORT option can be combined with a UX-tailored version of the new high-response Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that debuted on the Lexus LC coupe and LS sedan flagship models.

The system increases damping force to minimise roll when cornering or changing lanes and reduces damping force in straight-line driving to preserve ride quality. With AVS, the vehicle's Drive Mode Selector adds the Sport S+ mode.

The UX F SPORT driving experience can be further enhanced with Acceleration Sound Control, which generates the aural effect of up- and down-shifts like those of a geared automatic transmission.

An additional Sonic Interaction Design function adjusts the sound the vehicle makes when driving in Sport S+ mode (S+ Sound).

Two exterior colours are exclusive to the F SPORT, White Nova and Heat Blue. Available seat colours are Black or - exclusive to F SPORT - Flare Red or White.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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New 2.0-litre petrol engine
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 delivers a combination of engaging performance and high efficiency from a new 2.0 litre in-line four-cylinder engine.

It is one of the most efficient engines on the market with revolutionary laser-clad intake valve seats with an all-new intake port profile, high compression ratio (13:1), D4-S direct and port fuel-injection, and high-speed combustion.

VVT iE intelligent variable valve-timing with an electric actuator on the intake side also enhances drivability while reducing emissions.

At 126kW, the UX 200 engine offers output similar to some competitors' 1.5 litre turbo engines, but with less complexity, lower under-bonnet heat, and lower powerplant weight for better vehicle balance.

The engine produces 205Nm of peak torque to give the UX excellent responsiveness in all driving situations.

A continuously variable capacity oil pump and a variable cooling system with an electric water pump contribute to ultra-low internal friction, further maximising engine performance and fuel efficiency.

The cooling system also has two flow-shutting valves to ensure quicker cabin heating on cold days and quicker cool-down when the air-conditioner is used.

Available automatic stop-and-start on petrol models enhances fuel efficiency and quietness in urban driving.

The new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (D CVT) delivers smooth, fuel-efficient performance with a direct driving feel.

The key to its distinct performance feel is a mechanical gearset that is used to start from a stand-still and accelerate before handing off to the continuously variable transmission pulley system.

The result is direct, linear and quick initial acceleration, while maintaining the benefits of a continuously variable transmission at mid and higher speeds.

The fixed-ratio first gear reduces the load on the belt and pulleys mechanism for start-off and low-speed driving, enabling them to be made smaller and lighter while providing a wider range of gear ratios.

The result is quicker ratio changes during acceleration and an overall ratio spread that maximises fuel efficiency.

Under strong acceleration, the D CVT can freely adjust the transmission ratios to simulate gear changes like a multi-gear automatic transmission.

Synchronisation of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed provides a linear acceleration feel.

New-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive
Lexus has applied its world leadership in luxury hybrid vehicles to the 2019 UX 250h with a new-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain.

With total system power of 131kW, the UX 250h is the performance leader in the UX family as well as the fuel-efficiency leader. This hybrid provides exhilarating driving with high-speed responsiveness and a feeling of smooth, natural acceleration. The UX 250h is available with either front-wheel drive or E Four electric all-wheel drive.

The new-generation hybrid system - combining the new 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motor-generators - is more compact, lighter and has less internal friction than previous Lexus hybrid systems.

Compared with similarly sized Lexus hybrids, the power control unit of the UX is more powerful yet 20-per-cent smaller and 10-per-cent lighter.

Optimising the level of electric motor assistance and engine speed produces a linear acceleration feel without the engine having to run at high revs. Engine speed is synchronised with vehicle speed to create an immediate and continuous acceleration feel.

The new transaxle mounts the electric motor-generators (MG1 and MG2) coaxially rather than in-line. The resulting smaller and lighter package reduces frictional losses by 25 per cent compared with previous Lexus hybrids. In addition, MG2 is now a higher-speed motor, yielding better performance and efficiency.

The sequential Shiftmatic feature delivers responsive engine braking force in six steps with a shift feel similar to a manual transmission, using steering-wheel paddle-shift switches or the S position on the shift lever.

The maximum speed at which the hybrid system can operate with the petrol engine shut off, such as when driving on long downward slopes, has been raised from 70 km/h in previous Lexus hybrids to 115 km/h.

The new compact and lightweight nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery and compact cooling system are located under the rear seat for maximum cabin and cargo area space. This also supports the vehicle's low centre of gravity.

E-Four all-wheel drive
This all-wheel-drive system available for UX 250h uses a separate, dedicated 5.3kW electric motor-generator integrated into the rear differential.

Power distribution between the front and rear axles is automatically optimised by the vehicle stability control system when accelerating, cornering, or driving on slippery surfaces.

E Four provides stable driving on uphill slopes or snow-covered roads with lower fuel consumption than a conventional all-wheel-drive system that employs a power-split device and driveshaft.

E Four does more than assist traction in slippery conditions; the system can actively improve stability by adjusting rear-wheel power to help correct oversteer or understeer.

Drive Mode Select
Both the UX 200 and UX 250h Hybrid are equipped with Lexus Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to tailor the driving experience by selecting from three different drive modes.

Normal mode provides an optimal balance between driving performance and fuel efficiency; ECO mode maximises fuel savings across all driving conditions by smoothing the throttle response and by moderating air-conditioning operation; Sport Mode delivers quicker throttle response and increased power steering feel; Sport S+ dramatically changes the handling dynamics.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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Lexus instilled the UX with an outstanding combination of handling agility and smooth, quiet ride comfort that urban customers will find pleasing.

Key to achieving that balance is building the UX around the high-strength GA C global architecture platform.

Extensive use of high-tensile steel, high-strength adhesives and laser screw welding results in a highly rigid structure, an essential foundation for achieving sporty handling and luxurious ride comfort.

By using aluminium for the side doors, fenders and bonnet and composite materials for the tailgate, the UX has the lowest centre of gravity of any vehicle in its class at 594mm. As a result, the UX delivers a secure, agile feeling normally associated with lower sport hatches.

A unique ring structure around the hatch opening and behind the rear seats increases torsional rigidity to enhance crash performance, improve handling and reduce noise and vibration.

The MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with trailing arms, both mounted to sub-frames, are specially tuned to deliver a combination of agility and comfort over well-worn urban street surfaces.

Carefully refined details such as the quality of the damper oil, oil seals and friction control in the shock absorbers make a significant positive impact on ride quality.

An upper strut brace increases torsional rigidity of the engine bay, and the steering rack bolts directly to the subframe without rubber bushings for more direct steering feel.

Active cornering assist, a function integrated with vehicle stability control, helps the vehicle trace the driver's desired line through a turn by applying some brake control on the inside wheels, suppressing the tendency to understeer. As a result, the UX drives through corners with greater precision while maintaining stability.

An electric power steering system with a new compact and highly rigid column-assist motor delivers handling with crisp, immediate response to driver inputs, and provides excellent steering feel.

A newly developed electric tilt-and-telescopic steering column is available for UX models equipped with power-adjustable front seats. In addition, on models with memory function, ingress and egress are made easier with the auto away / auto return controls linked to the driver's seat belt and the engine start-stop switch or hybrid power switch. Using the switch, the tilt-and-telescopic motors can adjust the steering wheel up and down or forward and back through 40mm ranges.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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Lexus UX offers the latest in the brand's multimedia and navigation technology with a 10.25 inch display screen for the Lexus navigation system and the versatile Lexus Enform® multimedia system.

The Lexus premium sound system can play back the highest-resolution digital audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and OGG Orbis) from a USB device. Dual rear-seat USB ports enable passengers to use and recharge their smartphones or tablets.

The 8-speaker system uses bamboo charcoal speaker diaphragms to reduce mass and deliver natural-sounding voices and improved mid-range sound. It
creates a more lifelike sound stage by using tweeters mounted at the sides of the instrument panel that reflect sound off the windscreen. There is also a centre-dash tweeter, a sub-woofer mounted in the luggage area and a powerful amplifier.

The available Mark Levinson premium surround sound system has a 13-speaker array, low-distortion 668W Class D 8 channel amplifier, Quantum Logic Surround Sound and ClariFi™ 2.0 technology to deliver an immersive concert-like sound experience.

Lexus Enform® gains several features to support digital lifestyles:
• The Lexus Enform App Suite allows linking of smartphone apps.
• Dynamic Voice Recognition allows natural voice commands.
• USB Video and RealMedia video formats are supported.

The Lexus navigation system features the brand's latest graphical user interface for greatest ease of use and access to features.

Intuitive controls and clear displays
The UX instrument panel design combines unique Lexus traits and intuitive technology. A 7 inch thin-film transistor LCD display meter digitally creates realistic, analogue gauges in a three-dimensional space.

An available head-up display underscores the Lexus UX's high-tech feel while putting vital vehicle information in the driver's line of sight. The large colour display projects the information to a virtual screen 2.5 metres in front of the driver, making it easier to focus on the display as well as objects in front of the vehicle. The bright, high-contrast display is easy to see in daylight and in snowy conditions.

The Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with haptic feedback is designed to feel as familiar to use as a smartphone. The RTI utilises intuitive operations, such as double tapping and flicking, to mimic common phone gestures.

Frameless construction eliminates edges, and a special coating on the touch-pad surface lets fingers easily slide over it while minimising the appearance of fingerprints. The touchpad can recognise Roman block letters when typing a search name. Touchpad surface haptic vibrations indicate to the user when the cursor is moved, making it easier to align the cursor with the desired function button.

A switch at the base of the touch pad can call up an operation screen with related functions, such as air-conditioning and navigation, enabling easy access without going through menus. In a unique touch of high-tech elegance, the Lexus logo on the pad surface is backlit at night.

Safety technology and driver assist
The UX features the advanced safety technology expected from a Lexus with eight airbags. The Lexus Safety System+ includes:
• All-speed radar active cruise control,
• Pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection,
• Lane-keep assist incorporating lane-departure alert with steering assist,
• Road-sign assist,
• Adaptive high-beam system, and
• Intelligent high-beam headlamps/automatic high beam.

Other available safety systems include parking-support alert that can detect other vehicles over a broader range of conditions when parking than previous clearance sonar or rear cross-traffic systems.

A related parking-support brake system adds active drive force (throttle) and braking control to audible and visual warnings to reduce the possibility of contact with moving objects ahead or behind the UX when parking.

* All figures and information are preliminary, based on global information


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