Bangkok 2019: Lexus UX 250h launched, from RM320k

Bangkok 2019: Lexus UX 250h launched, from RM320k

Lexus has launched its smallest SUV in Thailand. The Lexus UX is billed as a “creative urban crossover” and is available in sole UX 250h hybrid from. Three trim levels are offered – the UX 250h Luxury for 2.49 million baht (RM320,134), the UX 250h Grand Luxury for 2.69 million baht (RM345,893) and the UX 250h F Sport AWD for 3.62 million baht (RM465,476).

Lexus’ rival to the BMW X1/X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA is the first car from the brand to use the GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform, which is derived from Toyota’s TNGA architecture that underpins the C-HR, among other cars. Lexus says that the rigid structure and low center of gravity help the UX deliver exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.

The UX is 4,496 mm long and has a 2,639 mm wheelbase, which makes it 144 mm shorter than the NX, although the wheelbase deficit is just 21 mm. Design highlights include flared front and rear square fenders and full-width tail lights formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs that taper toward the centre. Lexus used aluminium in the doors, fenders and bonnet – as well as a resin tailgate – to reduce weight.

Bangkok 2019: Lexus UX 250h launched, from RM320k

The UX 250h pairs a 146 PS/188 Nm 2.0 litre Atkinson cycle naturally-aspirated engine to a fourth-generation hybrid system for a total system output of 184 PS. The nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery and compact cooling system is located below the rear seats to maximise cabin and cargo space, while providing a low centre of gravity.

The front-wheel-drive model with an E-CVT automatic gearbox does 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 177 km/h. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 22.73 km/l.

The F Sport AWD sounds like the top model in performance terms, but it’s actually heavier, slower and less economical. Rolling on bigger wheels (18- vs 17-inch), the Dynamic Torque Control AWD and Adaptive Variable Suspension-equipped car does the century sprint in 8.7 seconds and average FC is quoted at 21.28 km/l.

Bangkok 2019: Lexus UX 250h launched, from RM320k

It does come with more kit than the regular UX shown here though. F Sport-exclusive items include a unique grille and sportier body styling, sports seats, LFA-inspired sliding meter, paddle shifters, S+ and Custom modes on the Drive Mode Select and the aforementioned 18-inch rims and AVS.

The Lexus UX had its Malaysian preview at KLIMS 2018. The car that we saw in KL was the UX 200, powered by a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force naturally-aspirated and direct-injected engine with 169 hp and 205 Nm, paired to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.

Shocked by the UX’s Thai prices? That’s because like all other Lexus models, it’s a CBU import from Japan (Suzuki Jimny for RM200k anyone?) without the local assembly benefits of its German rivals. As a result, the hybrid UX will be remain a niche model in the Land of Smiles. It would be the same narrative should the UX reach our market.

GALLERY: Lexus UX 200 at KLIMS 2018

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • pomen on Apr 01, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Volvo XC40 R Design.

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    • YB Kunta Kinte on Apr 01, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Lexus is just an over glorified Toyota. Nothing more and nothing less.

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  • vincent on Apr 01, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    engine output is quite weak for a 320k car

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  • Doubling the price of an already overpriced CHR just to get a glorified CHR.

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  • Rubbish HP and torque ask for RM320k, that why a lots rubbish in road.

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  • digisigi on Apr 01, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    they are the one country that at least let us feel like we are not the worst

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  • Lexus February sales 35 units SUV only, bravo.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Apr 01, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I was really hyped with the UX until I saw it at the KLIMS 2018 show. The interior feels really cheap with hard plastics on the doors and since it’s a crossover it’s ride height is no taller than an average sedan. This is no SUV. It’s a CT200h replacement.

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    • The K on Apr 01, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      Was thinking the same thing too. It seems more like a CT replacement than a new entry SUV.

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  • helmi on Jun 10, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Stupid overpricing lexus as ever

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  • helmi on Jun 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Lexus is a total failure due to its pricing doesn’t make sense

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