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Geneva show: Lexus shows SA-bound UX luxury crossover

2018-03-07 09:27

Switzerland - Lexus has revealed its first compact urban crossover, the UX.

Unveiled at the current Geneva International Motor Show, the UX, says Lexus, "marks a series of technical innovations, including the first use of the new GA-C global architecture platform, which delivers fundamental high structural rigidity and a low centre of gravity, thus securing excellent ride quality and stability."

Headed for SA

In South Africa, the model will launch early next year and is anticipated to introduce Lexus’ fourth-generation hybrid system which self-charges, boasts a higher efficiency and a more powerful electric motor of 131kW. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency and a new direct-shift continuously variable transmission will also be introduced.

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The UX will be the fourth addition to the local Lexus luxury utility range, joining the LX, the recently launched seven-seater RX 350L and the medium compact NX.

Lexus South Africa anticipates the UX to be the most important new model for Lexus sales since the NX line arrived in 2015.

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Lexus SA said: "As the crossover market in South Africa continues to grow, the UX, with its all-inclusive luxury, will further broaden the Lexus range and give customers more options in the luxury segment."

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Inside, the cabin offers a driver-focused cockpit with a commanding view of the road as well as an open, relaxing space for passengers and generous cargo space.

The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, that reaps the performance and fuel-economy benefits of high thermal efficiency, will be at the heart of both the UX 200 petrol variant and the UX 250h with its fourth-generation self-charging hybrid system.

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