The full debut will happen in exactly one week's time at Geneva.
Following last week's teaser, Lexus has just released the first official image of its new UX crossover, slated for its first public appearance next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Like the UX concept (also pictured here) from Paris over a year ago, the production version retains aggressive styling, notably up front, and an overall youthful, more urban look. Lexus says the design “blends expressive bodywork with a compact size... (with its) muscular haunches and high beltline.” It’s also built on a new platform shared with the also relatively new Toyota C-HR.
Although no images have been released just yet, Lexus claims this bold styling carries over to the interior, which is described as “a highly focused driver’s cockpit with a wide and inviting passenger space.” The UX is also the replacement for the now discontinued and unloved CT 200h hatchback and is intended to serve as the new entry-level model.
Its front end styling, as expected, sports the Japanese luxury brand’s signature spindle grille, which we recently learned from a top Lexus official has caused some controversy with longtime and, not surprisingly, older and more conservative buyers. Despite being loyal Lexus owners for more than two decades, these customers have no choice but to accept the brand’s new direction, which is aimed specifically at a younger audience. The new UX urban crossover is a prime example. Further details regarding powertrains and other features will come next week and we’ll be on hand at Geneva to bring you the latest.
It would will be interesting to learn whether or not Lexus has plans for an eventual F Sport or F Performance variant. Remember, Jaguar has just launched its small crossover, the E-Pace, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that receive the performance treatment at some point. Hopefully Lexus will follow suit.