Lexus unveils first image of new UX crossover


Visitors to Lexus' stand at the Geneva Motor Show will be treated to that most rare of sights – a new compact crossover. The new UX will make its public debut at the show, and will rival the BMW X2, Audi Q2 and Volvo XC40 when it goes on sale later in the year.

The premium crossover section of the market is quickly becoming as crowded as its non-premium sister, so the UX does its best to stand out by applying Lexus' trademark styling. That means a gaping hexagonal 'spindle' grille, sharp-edged LED headlights and various slashes and creases across the bodywork.

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Inside, a teaser video (above) shows a simpler interior than we're used to from the Japanese brand, including a super-widescreen infotainment display atop a simple central stack. Regrettably, the brand's touchpad-driven media system appears to still be in place.

The video also shows a full-width light bar across the rear, aping the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and giving the car a distinctive profile.

Technical details haven't been announced yet, but Lexus claims the new UX sits on an all-new platform providing 'exceptional body rigidity.' Engines are yet to be confirmed, but as a Lexus it's a fair bet that a petrol-electric hybrid will be at the centre of the powertrain options. The brand has said in the past that building any more diesels would be unlikely, but a non-hybrid turbocharged petrol is a possibility.

The new UX will sit below the larger NX and RX in Lexus' SUV range, and is likely to be priced below either of those.