Lexus Australia today announced aggressive pricing to accompany the introduction of the luxury brand’s latest compact SUV – the Lexus UX.
With prices for the three-tier UX range starting at below $45,000, the urban crossover is the most affordable of all Lexus models other than the Luxury version of the CT 200h hatch.
Comprehensively equipped in typical Lexus fashion in Luxury, Sports Luxury and F Sport grades, the all-new UX is also offered with a range of enhancement packs that amplify the vehicle’s technology, audio, performance, safety and luxury specifications.
The line-up is powered by a newly-developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 126kW in the UX 200 or 131kW in the self-charging hybrid UX 250h configurations. Hybrid variants add $3,500.
As well as offering the most power and fastest acceleration, the UX 250h is also the most fuel-efficient with combined cycle economy from 4.5 litres/100km.
Both front and all-wheel-drive versions of the UX 250h will be available, the latter equipped with an E-Four system for an additional $4,500.
The E-Four provides electric motor drive to the rear axle that automatically engages in slippery conditions to provide all-wheel drive traction. All-wheel drive is available as an option on Sports Luxury and F Sport variants.
Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the arrival of the UX range with affordable pricing would enable the luxury lifestyle brand to introduce an entirely new customer base to its “experience amazing” commitment.
“The UX delivers a fresh and contemporary appeal to young buyers seeking new and exciting experiences relevant to their lifestyles,” Mr Thompson said.
“For many of them, this will not only be their first Lexus vehicle, but also their first entry into the luxury segment,” he said.
UX 200 variants will be available at Lexus dealerships from late this month while the self-charging hybrid UX 250h variants are due to arrive in mid-January.
The UX is the first model to be built on the Lexus Global Architecture – C platform, which promises strong dynamic performance with its low centre of gravity, highly rigid body and suspension tuned for responsiveness, stability and ride comfort.
Lexus Safety Sense + is standard, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed active cruise control, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
Additional safety features include eight airbags, reversing camera, parking sensors, tyre inflation warning, vehicle speed-limit warning and an anti-theft system.
Luxury models are equipped with a 10.3″ display screen, satellite navigation, 8-speaker DAB audio, 7″ digital instrumentation cluster, GPS clock and illuminated entry.
Their technical specification extends to 750kg towing capacity (UX 200 only), front performance rod and three drive modes (normal, eco, sport).
Notable exterior features include 17″ alloy wheels, acoustic windscreen glass, roof rails, LED headlamps, fog lights and tail lamps, power-adjustable heated mirrors.
The spacious cabin offers a leather-accented steering wheel and shift lever, power-adjustable steering column, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with heater.
Moving up to Sports Luxury, additional features include 18-inch wheels with run-flat tyres, leather-accented seats, ventilated and 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio, an adaptive high beam system, panoramic view monitor and high-grade finishes.
Unique F Sport is distinguished by its bumpers, grille and special 18-inch wheels plus sports seats, steering wheel, shift lever and pedals. This grade is also equipped with adaptive variable suspension, five drive modes, rear performance damper and active sound control.
Lexus UX pricing (excluding on-roads)
|UX 250h 2WD||Luxury||$47,950|
|UX 250h AWD||Sports Luxury||$61,000|
All grades: Premium paint $1,500
Enhancement pack 1: $1,550
– Hands-free power tailgate, wireless charger, alloy scuff plates, headlamp washer, rear privacy glass, cornering lamp.
Enhancement pack 2: $4,050
– Enhancement pack 1 features plus moonroof.
Enhancement pack 1: $2,500
Enhancement pack 2: $5,600
– Moonroof, 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio, head-up display, panoramic view monitor, smart key card.
Enhancement pack: $3,500
– Moonroof, head-up display, smart key card.