Lexus Teases New Entry-Level UX SUV; Will Take On GLA, X1, Q3
Lexus’ most affordable SUV will go up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3
Lexus has dropped the first ever teaser of the production-spec UX that will be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. This comes two years after the carmaker had showcased the UX in its concept form at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. It is expected to be launched later this year after its debut in Geneva.
Lexus has teased the rear profile of the UX and the production-spec model seems to have retained the concept’s width-spanning LED tail lamps. The silhouette also looks similar to the concept from the rear. Overall, expect it to look edgy and sharp just like any other Lexus offering, but not as polarising as the UX concept. Mechanically, it is likely to be powered by a turbocharged petrol and a hybrid powertrain options like its bigger sibling, the NX.
Will it be launched in India?
Well, it should be. All of its three rivals, the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, are doing well in the country. In fact, soon, this segment will see another launch this year in the form of the Volvo XC40. Also Read: Volvo XC40 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA vs BMW X1 vs Audi Q3: Spec Comparo
Moreover, since Lexus imports its entire model range to India via the CBU (completely built unit) route, it would be fairly easy for the manufacturer to launch the new SUV here as soon as it goes on sale globally. Like its siblings, expect the UX to be slightly expensive than its immediate rivals. The BMW X1, for instance, starts at Rs 32.40 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). Also Read: Budget 2018: Hike In Custom Duty To Increase Luxury Car Prices
Stay tuned to CarDekho for the reveal of the Lexus UX in Geneva next month.