Lexus UX SUV teased for Malaysia – launching soon?

Lexus Malaysia has teased the arrival of the UX in a post on its official Facebook page, with the words “something exciting is coming your way” written in the caption. The UX is the Japanese luxury carmaker’s smallest crossover that competes against the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The UX measures 4,496 mm long, which makes it 144 mm shorter than the NX, but the 2,639 mm wheelbase is just 21 mm less than its larger SUV sibling. The model is underpinned by the Global Architecture – Compact (GA-C) platform, Lexus’ version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) used for the C-HR.

If you remember, the UX was first previewed in Malaysia during the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). On display was a left-hand drive UX 200 variant, which is powered by a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force naturally-aspirated and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine. The mill serves up 169 hp and 205 Nm of torque and is mated to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.

Not present at the event but also available is a UX 250h hybrid that pairs this engine to an electric motor to produce a total system output of 181 hp, with another motor mounted at the rear providing all-wheel drive – referred to as E-Four.

A third option is the fully-electric UX 300e, which first made its debut in November last year. For now, it isn’t known which engine will be offered when the UX is officially launched here, but we reckon the UX 200 to be the most likely variant that customers will get.

Unlike its rivals, the UX is a lot more expressive in its design, as it sports sharp headlamps with arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights flanking the signature Lexus spindle grille. Prominent fenders, squared-off wheel arches, a low-slung roofline and full-width LED taillights are some of the other cues that make up the exterior styling.

Inside, the UX draws inspiration from its sedan stablemates like the LS and ES, with a sweeping dashboard design and a freestanding centre display measuring up to 10.25 inches, controlled by the Remote Touch interface. The display car at the time also showcased Japanese traditional craftsmanship as per Lexus’ convention, as seen with the sashiko leather quilting and decorative trim inspired by washi paper.

Safety-wise, the UX is available with the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assists, including Pre-Collision System autonomous emergency braking, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) that allows the car to accelerate, brake and stay in its own lane semi-autonomously, Adaptive High Beam System (AHS), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and a Parking Support Brake System.

GALLERY: Lexus UX 200 at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • The best iz alredi here , Volvo XC40 R design.

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    • Definitely.

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      • John Bin Dedak on Feb 16, 2020 at 10:48 am

        Don’t worry, our Proton is better than even Porsche and can beat any Lexus

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        • Yes bro. Our Proton has wet-clutch DCT, sure better than Porsche with DSG. Kudos to Proton for such farsight.

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        • Gomorrah on Feb 16, 2020 at 1:37 pm

          This lexus superior TNGA used for the C-HR.

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        • Go For It - XC40 or 2x X50 on Feb 17, 2020 at 6:27 am

          Definitely a better choice and Value.
          The (RM255k) entryline of XC40 T5 2.0LAWD R Design – 185kW 350Nm AT has a significant Power & Torque Gap than the Lexus UX’s 2.0LNA – 126kW 205Nm CVT (entry variants – Japan Import)
          If you’re just starting a family and the primary concern is cabin and storage area, Lexus UX’s Cabin space is just decent, at least as far as front and rear passengers go. Luggage volume, though, is a lot less. In fact, even the more spacious 2.0-litre petrol UX variant (Non-Hybrid) can only manage to free up a maximum of 312L. That’s in stark contrast to the XC40’s 460L–517L Storage volume.
          Another option to be consider,
          If Your Spending Cap, permits to go under $200k which is not in ‘Luxury Carshopping category,’ anyway,
          the only Sensible Option will be Proton-X50. Impressive output from a just 1.5L TurboGDi DriveE Engine -174hp, 255Nm coupled with the oilcooled 7DCT slushbox
          (Est<$98k-unofficial) – The 2unit of X50 dip below (200kCap), you may choose 2 separate colors & purchasing method – Long-term Hirepurchase or another on Short-term Subscription service.
          You may expecting (by-IFS/reports) X50's RHD Test-Run Production, Full Production and Official Debut will be between June to August until the 2nd month of 4rdQuarter this year (unofficial).
          Set your own U.B.P ticklist, TestDrive
          and go for it.

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    • Geely Boyue in China RM60k vs Proton X70 in Msia RM120k on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Toyota quality is there. Always never breakdown. Dual clutch Volvo and Geely memang tak tahan in our hot weather and massive traffic jams.

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      • Toyota quality is like exploding airbags. It will reliably kirr u.

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        • (Like) Lexus UX SUV.
          (Dislike) Proton X50

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        • Edwin L on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:42 pm

          This article has nothing to do with Toyota or exploding airbags.

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          • Edwin L on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

            This article neither has anything to do with Proton and yet you brought them here.

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  • Unknown on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Aiyoo. We ady know what the car looks like so why the teasing promo. Who the stupid who runs Lexus Marketing Dept?

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    • Spin Too Much on Feb 15, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Some pipu dunno dis car becoz no go internet,

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      • Geely Boyue in China RM60k = Proton X70 in Msia RM120k on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:34 am

        At least Lexus knew the world wanted SUVs 20 yrs ago. PRoton just realised this last year.

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        • Same like the salesman troll who just discovered Paultan. Every day coming here to spew rubbish and lies because his showroom is empty and he has no social life.

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        • Why dragged proton here?

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    • Halim Jeffery on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Don’t become like the Iriz, tease tease so much and say it is Global Small Car (GSC), for months tease, until people also fall asleep and the car failed badly

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      • Spin Too Much on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

        I see you were sleeping in your cave and suddenly found out about Iriz

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    • Rahim Razali on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Lexus overseas so cheap. RX is like less than $40k USD.

      Here RX already RM500k. Malaysia oh Malaysia.

      Here Malaysians think Lexus is a luxury car. In overseas, it is considered like Geely Boyue lah…..normal car.

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      • Don ‘t forget.the usd 40k is probably the base model. After adding all the bits and pieces, it may go up to nearly double. But still less than our price.

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      • Geely Boyue in China RM60k = Proton X70 in Msia RM120k on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:36 am

        Our car prices are overpriced, even our local National car

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        • Ghani on Feb 16, 2020 at 12:13 pm

          another fake news. Just work hard like the others. And complain less.

          I work 3 jobs and I don’t find car prices expensive

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    • Killer of XC60, GLA and X1 on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      Launch at right price please Lexus for this beauty

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  • Rahmat Khamis on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Toyota quality very reliable. Not like dual clutch China car. Just like problematic DSG, confirm to always breakdown

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    • His Friend on Feb 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Like my friend Semi below, much prefer Proton X50. This Lexus is easy to catch fire.

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    • The price of this UX is above RM1,000,000, if it is easy to breakdown, the owner is SH lo

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    • The awd drive mode is useless.

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    • Mr Visionary on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Exactly, habislah x50, those who are waiting to book the x50 will cancel their bookings and top up only 160k to get this game changing Japanese suv because the dual clutch tech is prone to failure, the pipu will be afraid that their car will break down by the roadside again just like the other older proton models

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      • clown on Feb 17, 2020 at 8:22 am

        Top up 160k? Lol sounds funny

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      • Copy Paste on Feb 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

        Copy paste: “You need to owned a car first then you can comment. Otherwise you look like a school kids.”

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Feb 14, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    very much prefer the proton x50

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    • You need to owned a car first then you can comment. Otherwise you look like a school kids.

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      • Visionary on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

        It’s usual for P1 fanboys, they never own the car but always talk so much like they own one themselves , if so many P1 fanboys owning proton then why perodua always tops the chart for sales, it means proton is only strong in the comment sections, even P1 fanboys themselves dont dare to buy proton because of low RV

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        • Its usual for Jepunis fanbois, they never own a P1 car but always talk so much like they own one themselves , if so many P1 cars have problems, why we don’t hear this from real owners, like me, that still use them til today? It means they are bollocking in the comments sections, even Jepunis fanbois themselves never buys P1 but come here bollocking like they own one.

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    • Rahim Razali on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Proton is the BMW of Asia bro! Abang syik sendiri claim they are better than BMW

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      • Spin Too Much on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

        They got Volvo and Mercedes Benz in one package with Proton prices. What’s not to like?

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        • John Koyak on Feb 16, 2020 at 5:55 pm

          Later repair gearbox also Volvo price. Padan muka.

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          • JOACHIM on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm

            It would take an absolute idiot user (maybe you?) to break down Volvo’s legendary longlasting durability.

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  • tricycle on Feb 15, 2020 at 6:57 am

    No turbo no fun. If merc can come up with GLA amg 45, or bm with its x1 with its lowly spec x1 25i m sport, why can’t lexus do the same?

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  • vivizurianti on Feb 15, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Tease, tease, tease….but nobody watching pulak. How Toyota? Better launch ASAP

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  • Vetri Maran on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Aiyoo compare this with X1 or GLA or q2 or q3……its lemon….this lexus not in the list la……..,only dumb asshole will buy this……

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  • alicia on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    How much does a brand new LEXUS sport, what is the price 2020?

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