Lexus Readies Entry-Level Seven-Seater UX Crossover

by under News on 12 Jan 2017 04:39:35 PM12 Jan 2017
2016 Lexus UX Concept - Paris Motor Show

At the previous Paris Motor Show in 2016, Lexus brought along a very angular SUV-shaped concept to show off.  Called the UX, there was some speak about it being fast tracked as a future production model, but the Japanese premium automaker declined to provide more info.

Now, though, patent documents seem to show that this UX concept might spawn a totally new entry in the Lexus line-up, as reported by Autocar UK. It could be positioned as an entry-level crossover below the NX to which some thought this concept might be replacing down the road.

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Its eventual introduction will coincide more or less with the bowing out of the current CT hatch, perhaps even using a similar powertrain and perhaps even sporting similar cabin. Though, despite its lower rank, it’s suspected to be able to carry a maximum of 7 passengers. 

Naturally, the UX that will roll off the production line in Lexus’ Fukuoka plant won’t be as crazily stylised as the version shown in Paris. Rather, the angularity that’s become a design staple of Lexus will remain, as will that hexagonal spindle grille, but built into a more subdued basic shape.

2016 Lexus UX Concept - Paris Motor Show2016 Lexus UX Concept - Paris Motor Show2016 Lexus UX Concept - Paris Motor Show

Seeing as how this will be the entry model in Lexus’ expanded SUV/crossover portfolio, it might be facing competition from the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and even the Range Rover Evoque 5-door - though those three do not feature more than 5 seats. 

As typical with Lexus, powertrain options for the upcoming UX crossover will not include diesels but a combination of petrol engines with or without a hybrid system, mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic or CVT. 

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