Introduced four years ago as its smallest crossover / SUV below the NX, Lexus has made the UX a soft middle-aged lift that is mostly focused on the interior.

At the time of its presentation as an “urban compact crossover designed for the modern urban explorer looking for a fresh, modern and dynamic look for a luxurious lifestyle”, UX’s exterior updates include new headlights and taillights, as well as a number of new undiscovered colors and first availability 18 -Target alloy wheels complete with recycled tread pattern that reduces road noise.

While its dimensions and platform remain as they are, the UX structure has been strengthened by adding 20 new spot welding points to make it tougher.

Changes in the back are not disclosed.

In addition, all models receive calibrated shock absorbers and electric power steering, and the F Sport comes standard with adaptive variable suspension.

As mentioned, the biggest changes have taken place inside, where UX benefits from a new eight- or 12.3-inch infotainment system, complete with a touch screen interface, better resolution, air updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Continuing the changes, the heated seat switches are moved from the bottom of the center console upwards, and a pair of USB ports are moved to a special place above the console itself.

Also missing is the mouse-like touchpad that controlled the infotainment system, replaced by the aforementioned switches and, to a lesser extent, a new wireless charging pad.

lifting Lexus UX
The infotainment system now has a touch screen in two sizes. Much has been criticized for the mouse-like touchpad.

The new ambient lighting system completes the interior along with changes to the front of the security, namely a new radar for the Pre-Collision System that has been upgraded to work better in low light, a revised panoramic rear monitor and side cameras, plus standard emergency steering.

Although Lexus does not disclose technical details, it is expected that the updated UX in South Africa will retain only a hybrid configuration that combines a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with ordinary air and an electric motor with a total system capacity of 135 kW. The CVT is again instructed to send the amount of rotation to the front wheels.

Probably by the end of the year, prices for the updated UX are unknown, but expect a small premium compared to the starting price of the current R775 200 model.

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