The Lexus UX was launched at the 2019 Singapore Motorshow by official agent Borneo Motors.
The UX is a compact crossover and Lexus’ entry-level model.
It is clear that the carmaker no longer wants to be known (or seen as) conservative.
Although this crossover uses the same platform as the Toyota C-HR, it has been re-engineered to the point where it bears no similarity to its relative.
Indeed, Lexus claims that the styling of their latest crossover features elements of an armoured car and a racecar.
The car’s unique paintwork options – Blazing Carnelian, Terrane Khaki and Celestial Blue – further underscore this point.
Debuting on the model is a leather trim inspired by Sashiko, a quilting technique used in making martial arts uniforms.
A new grain finish inspired by Japanese washi paper can be specified for other interior surfaces as well.
The UX is available in two variants – the UX200 and UX250h.
The former is powered by a naturally aspirated 2-litre 4-cylinder motor that delivers 170bhp and 204Nm.
Paired to a CVT with a 10-speed override, it sprints from rest to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds.
The UX250h, on the other hand, is a petrol-electric hybrid with a drivetrain that pumps out 181bhp and 188Nm.
Surprisingly, it is quicker than its sibling and does the century sprint in 8.5 seconds.
Prices for the Lexus UX start at $152,800 with COE.