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2019 Lexus UX: In any concrete heaven home

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The 2019 Lexus UX, an SUV/crossover built for the wealthy Urban eXplorers (understand?) has just been unveiled at this year's New York International Auto Show. The user experience riding on the two po...

The 2019 Lexus UX, an SUV/crossover built for the wealthy Urban eXplorers (understand?) has just been unveiled at this year's New York International Auto Show. The user experience riding on the two power systems shows that it is for the city, not the country, and definitely not for going off-road in any serious way. There are basically two types: the front-wheel drive UX 200 is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Direct-Shift CVT, and the UX 250h is equipped with the same 2.0-liter gas engine Atikinson Cycle version, which is similar to the fourth-generation hybrid drive system and eAWD Combine.2019 Lexus UX: In any concrete heaven home

Solid Footing

Power & Performance

Predictive Insight

Connectivity & Security

Availability & In Person

2019 Lexus UX Gallery

Solid Footing

The UX resides on a 103.9-inch wheelbase for a smooth, stable ride and lots of interior space. This, combined with the overall length of 177 inches and a tight turning radius, lets the UX easily fit into convenient, compact-only parking spots. The chassis is Lexus’ first use of the Global Architecture – Compact platform, which the company says is a rigid structure, with a low center of gravity for precise handling and ride comfort.

There are MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone-type rear suspension, and both are specially tuned for a combination of “urban agility and comfort over well-worn streets.” Electric power steering is also along for the ride with a compact and rigid column assist for crisp, immediate response.

2019 Lexus UX on display at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

Power & Performance

That new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine delivers 169 horsepower to the front wheels, using multi-hole direct fuel injectors, a continuously variable capacity oil pump, and variable valve-timing on the intake side. The Direct Shift-CVT also debuts in the UX 200, adding a traditional gear set (beginning from a stop) to give the UX quicker, more linear acceleration off the line. The UX 250h hybrid, on the other hand, goes with an Atkinson Cycle version of the 2.0-liter that puts out 181 total system horsepower. It gets 39 combined mpg – not bad all around.

Sadly, if somewhat predictably, the UX 250h model is the only one with all-wheel drive. But hey, these things aren’t for surviving the zombie apocalypse, so you most likely won’t miss it. The UX 250h adds an electric motor to the rear axle; power is distributed between the front and rear axles and automatically optimized when accelerating, cornering, or driving on slippery surfaces. The eAWD control system is clever enough to improve stability by introducing drag (i.e. hitting the brakes on one corner) or adding power to help correct an over or understeer situation.2019 Lexus UX: In any concrete heaven home

Photo: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Predictive Insight

The Lexus UX 250h also comes with Predictive Efficient Drive, a system that analyzes driving habits along with road and traffic conditions to optimize charging and discharging of the battery. It’s a pretty trick, if somewhat creepy system, that uses accumulated knowledge about a driver’s behavior to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop. Tied in with the Predictive Efficient Drive system is the Predictive State of Charge control for the battery, a thingy that uses data from the navigation system to predict the optimal times for recharging it.

Connectivity & Security

And yes, since this is the year 2019 and the UX is aimed right at you urbane urban types, it is drowning in connected tech and safety features. There’s Amazon Alexa integration to see to all your music and media needs, read you a Kindle book, and control your swank smart home devices. On board safety features include the Lexus Safety System+, Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and Road Sign Assist. The vehicle can even recognize pedestrians at night and detect cyclists.

Availability & In Person

The UX will be offered through a subscription service, which should appeal to a certain younger segment of potential buyers. If you prefer the old fashioned way of buying your vehicles, the

2019 Lexus UX 250h with all-wheel drive starts at $34,000. The non-hybrid version starts at $32,000.

Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.

2019 Lexus UX Gallery

Photos &Source: Toyota Motor Sales Company, USA