The small premium SUV segment is brimming with new entries, but the new Lexus UX enters the European market as the only self-charging hybrid crossover in its class.
Lexus released a new gallery of the European-spec UX that is currently being launched across the old continent.
Customers will be offered a choice between two powertrain options; the entry-level model, which is available in select countries, is the UX 200. It is powered by a new 2.0-liter petrol four producing 171 PS (168 HP) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque and is paired to a CVT transmission driving the front wheels.
The UX 250h that’s pictured here features the brand’s newest hybrid powertrain, which combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with up to two electric motors. This depends on whether you opt for the FWD or the E-Four AWD version, but in both cases the combined output rating is set at 181hp.
The UX 250h can accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds (E-Four: 8.7 seconds) and hit a top speed of 110mph (177km/h). Fuel economy is impressive, with Lexus announcing up to 53.3 mpg UK combined (5.3lt/100km) for the FWD and up to 48.7 mpg UK (5.8lt/100km) for the E-Four version, per the latest WLTP cycle. CO2 emissions can drop as low as 94g/km for the FWD and 103g/km for the E-Four.
All UX models come with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes driver assistance systems like Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and more, as standard.
In the cabin, there’s a seven-inch infotainment system with navigation, although customers can opt for the bigger 10.3-inch version that adds connected features, as well as a high-end 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.