Lexus UX receives upgrades

Hybrid only Lexus UX model range refreshed

Reuben Van Niekerk
Lexus UX
UX 250h

Lexus has updated the UX compact urban SUV, one of its best-selling models in SA, with a variety of upgrades for the self-charging UX 250h range.

Available exclusively as a hybrid and in three model grades, all derivatives adopt a new multimedia system that offers improved connectivity, faster performance and easier operation. New features include user-friendly 12,3-inch touchscreens, an improved navigation system and the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart phone mirroring capabilities.

Additional Lexus Safety System+ functions have been added as well as a new F Sport bi-tone paintwork option on the UX 250h F Sport models.

The UX 250h is available in entry level EX grade as well as SE and F-Sport options.

Self-charging hybrid electric

The self-charging hybrid electric UX 250h is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that gains assistance from an electric motor that drives the front wheels. The result is superior performance thanks to a fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain technology that is highly responsive while offering smooth, natural acceleration.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine offers 107kW at 6000rpm and 180Nm at 4400rpm and the electric motor increases total power output to 135kW. The result is the ability to sprint to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds while only using 4.5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Flexible personality

With the UX, Lexus have created a vehicle that offers the secure feeling of a crossover or SUV along with the driving quality of a sophisticated hatchback. World class refinement is combined with dynamic characteristics, proving that driving can still be enjoyable despite the higher-riding practicality of an SUV.

A 2 640mm wheelbase contributes to a smooth and stable ride, as well as cabin roominess. Ride and handling benefit from the UX’s low centre of gravity, which has been achieved by placing the battery beneath the floor and by utilising lightweight aluminium for the side doors, fenders and bonnet as well as composite materials for the tailgate.

Inside story

The UX evokes the feeling of a dynamic, luxury hatchback when behind the wheel. A short hip-to-heel distance gives the driver the feeling of being closer to the ground than in other SUVs despite its command driving position.

Lexus Drive Mode Select allows the driving experience to be tailored to suit the conditions or driver preference and includes modes for Normal, Eco and Sport.

The Lexus multimedia system features faster response, more intuitive, human centred operation and increased functionality. All models are fitted with 12.3-inch displays, with new touchscreen technology replacing the previous trackpad control and offering crisper graphics in high definition.

Hazel brown is now available as an upholstery option while the F Sport boasts three standard trims in white, F Black and Flare Red. The perforated leather upholstery has a fresh look with a new Kagome stitchwork pattern.

Exterior revisions

Cosmetic enhancements include some stylistic fettling of the front headlamps, rear combination lamps and darker outer mirrors which come standard in black.

The exterior is available with new exterior paintwork options. Sonic Iridium and Poseidon Blue are now standard options on F Sport models. The revised range also provides a wider choice of bi-tone finishes, with six colours available in combination with contrasting black roof and black rails on the F Sport models.

Lexus Safety System+

Revisions to the Lexus Safety System,+ include improved performance for the pre-collision system, equipping the car with intersection turning assist for safer left and right turns across traffic at intersections and emergency steering assist, which helps the driver to steer to avoid obstacles without departing from their lane. All-speed dynamic cruise control adopts Curve Speed Reduction, which automatically adjusts speed to suit the radius of a bend in the road.

F Sport grade

F Sport models come standard with the UX version of the highly-response Adaptive Variable Suspension system that increases damping force to minimise roll when cornering or changing lanes by reducing damping forces in a straight line to preserve ride quality.

The interior of F Sport models includes front sports seats and the digitally rendered instrument meter features a movable virtual ring inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. A leather-covered F Sport steering wheel, shift knob, eight-inch colour display, aluminium pedals and footrest round off the interior package.


Pricing starts at R808 600 for the EX-grade, R891 800 for the SE-grade, R947 500 for the F Sport and R958 100 for the F Sport Bi-tone grade. The entire UX range is sold with a seven-year/105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan as well as an eight-year/195 000km hybrid battery warranty.