Possessing the right amount of style, power, convenience and more, the new Lexus UX 200 is one SUV you’ll want to check out!
There’s a lot that goes into deciding on a car to invest in. From the cost to design and performance, we definitely want to make sure it’s one that we can rely on. But these days, making sure it’s a good match with our lifestyle can’t be left unchecked on our list of ‘must-haves’. That’s why we’re thrilled to hear that Japan is importing three variants of the new Lexus UX 200 into Malaysia: the UX 200 Urban, UX 200 Luxury and UX 200 F SPORT. Read on to see what’s to love about the new SUV.
1. Show up in style
Keeping the concept of ‘Urban Explorer’ in mind, the Lexus UX 200 boasts a modern sporty design that combines strength with refinement, stylishness, and functionality. It’s apparent on the exterior where the spindle grille, Takumi-crafted sculpted creases and accent lines show off a dynamic design and even changes depending on the angle and lighting it’s in.
You’ll also notice that the SUV is designed with Aero Stabilising Blade Lights – a Lexus- and world-first that sets it apart from other vehicles on the road – especially at night! Apart from grabbing attention, it’s designed has been given a lot of thought as the verticle fin-shaped lamps provide enhanced stability while guiding airflow around the rear of the car making it aerodynamically efficient.
2. Customise to suit your personality
Coming in an array of colours, each conveys a specific mood while accentuating the vehicle’s premium bold lines. Choose from nine brilliant shades for the UX 200 Urban and Luxury variants and eight for the F SPORT – two of which are White Nova Glass Flake and Heat blue Contrast Layering that emulates a pale blue flame.
Then personalise the cabin with one of the five colour themes: Cobalt and Black for the UX 200, Cobalt, Ocher and Black for the UX 200 Luxury, and Flare Red and Black for the UX 200 F SPORT.
3. Revel in Lexus’s roots
The Lexus UX 200 is designed in the spirit of Engawa – a Japanese traditional architecture that seamlessly connects the inside with outside. This can be seen where the dashboard flows into the bonnet flawlessly to provide a wide field of vision when driving. The UX 200 Luxury variant also uses the traditional ‘Sashiko’ quilting on its smooth leather upholstery, skillfully crafted by Takumi craftsmen. Not only that, the variant is the first Lexus model to offer a new trim finish; ‘washi’, inspired by Japanese paper.
4. It’s tech-savvy
Control the UX 200 from audio to navigation using the Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a 7-inch (UX 200 Urban) or 10.3-inch display (UX 200 Luxury and F SPORT). Using the haptic interface touchpad, perform common phone gestures like double-tapping and flicking to easily navigate. What’s more, is that each variant comes with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone app connectivity, and a wireless charging port as a bonus for the UX 200 Luxury and F SPORT.
5. Go fast without burning all the fuel
The UX 200 uses one of the most efficient engines out there, specifically the new M20A-FKS in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve petrol engine which features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence) that’s able to reduce emissions while enhancing the vehicle’s power and fuel economy. Aside from that, Lexus has incorporated a new innovative transmission Direct Shift-CVT that combines mechanical gear transfer and continuous variable belt transfer for a smooth, fuel-efficient performance.
But it doesn’t end there; with a dial located on the top side of the dashboard behind the steering wheel, switch from Normal to Eco or Sport to tailor your driving experience. Normal mode gives you the perfect balance between fuel efficiency and driving performance while Eco lets you save on fuel consumption and control air conditioning operations. The Sport mode increases the power steering feel and allows for quicker throttle response. However, the UX 200 F SPORT comes with additional modes: Sport S+ for high-speed drives and a CUSTOM mode to customise the powertrain, chassis and air conditioning characteristics.
6. It’s a safe and effortless ride
What’s great about the Lexus UX is that the driver’s seat is nicely planned out to ensure a safe and focused drive. Vehicle functions are grouped close to the seat while the seatback shape lets you operate them at a comfortable and natural posture. Plus, the seat and steering wheel moves rearwards and upwards when the engine is switched off for easy access – how convenient is that?
If driving makes you anxious, you’ll be glad to know that the UX 200 is equipped with four advanced safety systems known as the Lexus Safety System+. Some of the features include adjusting the speed on the road to maintain safe gaps between vehicles with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and making sure your SUV is driving within the lane with steering correction and sound alerts when straying with Lane Tracing Assist. Not only that, the UX 200 Luxury and UX 200 F SPORT has got a Panoramic View Monitor that lets you manoeuver easily in tight parking spaces.
The UX 200 also comes with 8 SRS airbags all around the cabin from the driver and passenger seats and knee airbags to the front and rear side curtain airbags.