Lexus has released their first teaser image of the upcoming UX crossover ahead of its Geneva debut.
It seems that even luxury carmakers are jumping on the crossover bandwagon. The hottest car segment is about to get it’s latest entry in the Lexus UX, the smallest crossover made by the luxury arm of Toyota.
The UX is actually several years in the making. Lexus revealed the UX concept back in 2016 which also revealed how much forward thinking Lexus has when it comes to their cars. Recognizing the crossover market as something that needs a little extra love, they unveiled a concept for the UX that was absolutely out of this world.
The UX concept looked like a somewhat extreme version of a crossover on the outside, but on the inside, the car was utterly space age. Flat screens replaced the entire center console, the instrument cluster, and even sections of the driving wheel. The whole thing made it look like you were piloting a spaceship rather than a tiny SUV.
What really made the UX stand out wasn’t the fancy LCD screens so much as the ludicrous chairs. Lexus calls the UX Concept’s seating as the “Kinetic Seat Concept” and the "latest breakthrough in seat technology." What it really looks like is a bunch of canvas straps wrapped around a piece of modern art. It just can’t possibly be comfortable on a long drive.
Hopefully, the real UX will have regular seats rather than the Kinetic Concept. We also know the UX will come with a 2.0-L turbocharged engine, same as on the Lexus NX, and a 2.5-L engine on the optional hybrid. For more, we’ll have to wait until the car makes its official debut in Geneva on March 6th.
Along with the new UX, Lexus plans to bring the LF-1 Limitless concept to Europe for the first time. Initially revealed in Detroit earlier this year, the Limitless concept showed a platform that "could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or even all-electric," according to Lexus’ press release.
The Limitless concept is expected to heavily feature Lexus’ new autonomous driving technology—something the company believes to be the future of luxury driving.