With the upper end of Lexus’ SUV range now consisting of the NX, RX, RX L, GX and LX, it’s time for Toyota’s luxury offshoot to expand downwards, and this UX is the brand’s first compact crossover. The first image and video of the new model has been released ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, giving us our first look at the new rival to the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.

Although it’s been toned down considerably since the UX Concept from 2016 (this is no show-floor-to-showroom production model like the LC coupé), a number of design cues have been been preserved. These include the pronounced fenders, upswept beltline and prominent squared-off wheel arch trims.

The signature Lexus spindle grille is present, flanked by a new version of the brand’s arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights that go above the headlights. While there are no photos of the rear end, the video shows a full-width U-shaped tail light very similar to the concept.

That video also reveals an interior with the usual Lexus cues, including a digital instrument cluster with a centre ring (likely movable like on the LFA sports car), as well as an analogue clock and a widescreen infotainment screen, this time in a freestanding design.

Expected to ride on a premium version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the UX will come in a hybrid variant seen here, likely the recently introduced 2.0 litre version of the latest Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II). Lexus has also patented the UX 200 and UX 250 model name trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), so expect those variants to be offered as well.