When You're Ready to Upgrade to Luxury, This Is the Car Waiting for You
Lexus has worked hard to reach out to a much younger sector of the affluent market, and with the UX, it seems it’s finally hit the perfect formula. In 2018, the Japanese luxury brand introduced the UX model, its youngest and perhaps the hippest model in Stockholm. The following year, I got to drive the UX in Yokohama in some of Japan’s most beautiful and scenic routes along with various other Lexus models. I have either driven or ridden shotgun in many Lexus models, including the brand’s ultimate supercar, the LFA and riding the LFA on Clark Speedway is an experience like no other.
Lexus is an innovator in luxury vehicles, most specially with luxury utility vehicles. It takes up its DNA with the UX model’s larger 4x4 siblings, as well as its SUV cousins from Toyota. Using its off-roading prowess with the refinement of its elegant sedan siblings, the UX offers the brand’s innovative design, luxury features, and advanced safety in a package that combines the styling and luxurious elements that is paired with its ultra-efficient new powertrains.
This is why for many customers, Lexus says the UX will not only be their first Lexus, but also their first luxury vehicle. The UX model represents the Lexus design team’s guiding concept and describes the vehicle’s mission in just two letters : Urban + X-over.
Relevant to young lifestyles
“The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”
The UX is also the first Lexus developed to use the brand’s new Global Architecture - Compact (GA-C) platform. A lightweight yet super-rigid structure, low center of gravity and refined suspension tuning endow the UX with exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.
The higher seating position of the UX continues to evoke the feel of a luxury car, but with the versatility experienced in a crossover. Its interior materials and workmanship are simply pure Lexus, combining Japanese traditions in craftsmanship and hospitality with innovative production techniques. It also makes the driver feel more in touch with the road, thanks to a “seat-in-control” concept.
First step to luxury
The cabin layout is such that all the critical vehicle functions are grouped around the driver’s side of the cabin, and the seatback shape allows the driver to operate them while maintaining a comfortable, natural posture.
The UX features six-way manual or eight-way power adjustable front seats, the latter with adjustable lumbar support for the driver. Its front seat cushions use springs and foam specially designed to gently envelop occupants while uniformly dispersing pressure under the occupant’s sciatic area.
At the same time, the UX interior design creates a sense of security suggested by the exterior’s inspiration. As one example, the form of the interior door shoulders evokes a robust frame, expressing a secure feeling inside the vehicle.
Priced at P2.538 million for the UX 200 and P3.128 million for the UX 200 F Sport, the UX makes this nameplate a good entry point to the Lexus brand, for customers to discover the same level of refinement and the Takumi master craftsmanship that has given Lexus its signature luxury appeal.
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