Following its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, Lexus' newest luxury crossover, the UX, has officially arrived in the Philippines, and is ready to take on the local premium small crossover market. The UX will now serve as Lexus Philippines's entry-level crossover model, which was previously held by the NX, and is available in two variants: UX 200 and UX 200 F Sport.
Introduced as a concept back in 2016, the UX is the smallest crossover ever to be offered by Lexus and is aimed directly at the younger generation of car buyers. Compared to the concept, the design has been toned down a lot but still continues to feature signature Lexus stlying cues with its sharp exterior line and muscular tones.
The front is dominated by the large spindle grill which is flanked by two sharp, angular headlights with L-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRL). Black body cladding run the length of the UX, giving it a more rugged look. At the rear, the two LED taillights are connected by a long LED strip that runs the length of the tailgate. 17-inch wheels come standard, but sportier 18-inch units are fitted exclusively on the F-Sport variant. Size wise, the UX measures in 4495mm long, 1840mm wide and 1520mm tall with a 2640mm wheelbase.
Inside, it features a sporty cabin which looks similar to the rest of the Lexus models. In front of the driver is a digital instrument panel while at the center is a large infotainment display which is controlled by a touchpad. Customers may avail of up to eight different interior colors for their UX locally.
Under the hood, the UX uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine which produces 168 PS and 205 Nm of torque. It then sends power to the front wheels via Lexus' Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Built on the Global Architecture-C (GA-C) platform, it allows the UX to have a low center of gravit but high ground clearance at the same time.
Pricing for the Lexus UX are as follows:
UX 200 – Php 2,478,000
UX 200 F Sport – Php 3,048,000