The compact crossover Lexus UX, first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a little more than four years ago, has undergone a planned update. From the outside, the 2023 model year version looks almost like its predecessor, however, many changes have occurred.
A new infotainment system with an eight or 12-inch touchscreen is installed in the cabin – depending on the configuration. This complex, besides a screen of higher resolution, can brag of the function of updating the software “by air”. The touchpad was removed from the central tunnel, the area for wireless charging of mobile devices was enlarged, two USB charging sockets were added to the console, and the location of the buttons to control the seat heating was changed.
Lexus UX’s body became stiffer due to 20 additional welding points in the area of doors. Electric power steering, shock absorbers, and a number of other elements were finalized and tested on prototypes at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama. The new tires are quieter thanks to a revised tread pattern. The F Sport variant stands out for its adaptive suspension with Yamaha dampers, sports seats and steering wheel, and aluminum pedal pads, among others.
Bicycle and pedestrian detection and lane-keeping systems have also been improved, as well as adaptive cruise control. Finally, there is a new Sonic Platinum color and F Sport Design exterior trim.
Sales of the updated crossover will start this summer. The engine range has not changed: the lineup still includes modifications UX 200 with a two-liter 184-horsepower gasoline engine and hybrid UX 250h.