Lexus’ compact crossover UX has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid version of the model will be known as UX 250h. It comes with a new fourth-gen hybrid powertrain and will be available either with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The powertrain couples a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and is said to bring a combined output of 131kW on the street. It is going to be fed by a compact nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery located below the rear seat. The model’s all-wheel drive version comes with Lexus’ E-Four system, which features an additional electric motor on the rear axle.
The UX as well as the UX 250h are the first Lexus models to be based on the all-new global architecture platform GA-C that is part of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). Also the new powertrain components are based on the TNGA. Both the combustion-fuelled and the hybrid version shall hit U.S. stores in autumn. In spring 2019 it could be Europe’s turn. Pricing details have not yet been published.
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