Press - May 2020

Lexus adds a more affordable variant to the UX range

Toyota’s premium brand Lexus and its launch of the UX luxury sub-compact has slowly been eating away at the market share and growing in popularity among buyers. Offering extensive features and provides the first insight into the instalment of Lexus vehicles underpinned by new Toytota GA- Crossover architecture. January brought an extension to the UX range with the base 200 EX. The same EX spec level has been applied to the Hybrid powered variant to create a more accessible entry point to the segment.

Lexus UX 250h EX Drivetrain

Set to slot in beneath the top-spec UX 250h SE, the understanding the ‘h’ nomenclature and is a symbolism of the hybrid drivetrain. The 250h EX gains the same 2.0litre 107kW petrol engine, which when assisted by the duality of two electric motors providing electrification produces 135kW. Almost atypical of a Toyota product their firm support of the CVT transmission in conjunction with the 180Nm of torque drives the 8.5second 0-100 sprint. The crucial element to the EX 250h should be fuel consumption and given the 4.5l/100km claimed fuel consumption, this coupled with the high level of specification which should make this a worrisome offering to the self-proclaimed German diesel loyalists.

UX 250h EX Specs and interior

Internally the EX still keeps to the demands of its segment and the bull-ish features list makes this clear with the same modern appeal of the new age Toyota era. The 10.3-inch Infotainment system is driven by the centre console-mounted Remote Touch Interface touchpad.

Lexus Connect features as a highlight, the addition of Andriod Auto and CarPlay now comes standard throughout the range in addition to the in-car Wifi. The bulk of the active Lexus Safety System reserved for the SE traditional cruise control and Lastest in there LED lighting technology lacking only in Adaptive Highbeam and boasting a single reward facing reverse camera. Impressive build quality and the high standard spec niceties, that fall part of options packages with other brands like wireless charging, dual-zone climate control and 8-Speaker High clarity audio system. Synthetic Nulux leather seat material is used internally, and the Fronts Seats remain heated and electric.

Lexus UX 250h EX Pricing in South Africa

With the force like influence into Hybrid Technology by parent company Toyota. Lexus is growing to have the same energy that Toyota has with this the updated Architecture-based products and the UX range expresses true premium crossover contention. Lexus’ 21% foothold in the Hybrid market is likely to keep climbing. Only a drive of the new model will tell but we cant wait.

With the Toyota variant of the same platform promising a Yaris Based SUV the crossover and compact SUV market and Toyota build quality heritage may make Likely be both a Stike One and Two for rivals.

Read about the Yaris Cross SUV here – https://themotorist.co.za/toyotas-yaris-cross-subcompact-suv/).

Lexus UX Range Pricing

UX 200 EX – R 654 700

UX 250h EX R 690 300

UX 250h SE – R 756 200

UX200 F Sport – R 785 400

The Lexus UX is sold with a 7-year/105 000 km warranty and a 7-year/105 000 km maintenance plan.

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