The Lexus UX has received a few subtle yet significant updates
While Lexus was busy with the launch of the new NX in Malaysia, the brand also celebrated a global debut last week in the form of the new 2023 Lexus UX which now comes with increased rigidity and improved safety among other enhancements.
On the exterior, nothing much has changed except for the new 18-inch run-flat tyres and the sportier bumper on models with the F Sport equipment package.
Speaking of equipment packages, the new Lexus UX will be available in two versions which are the UX 200 and the UX 250 h, in luxury and F Sport trims.
The F Sport variants also get performance dampers as standard. For the interior, an aluminum footrest and scuff plate have been newly added in addition to the F Sport exclusive sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, meters, and aluminum sports pedals.
According to Lexus, the overall structural rigidity of the UX has been improved by adding 20 spot welding points on the body, in addition to the EPS and shock absorbers which have been re-tuned.
The UX also features a new state-of-the-art multimedia system with a larger touch screen display. Usability has been improved by optimizing the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area. Two USB charging connectors (Type-C) have also been added in the front of the console.
Where safety is concerned, the Lexus Safety System+ now comes with an improved single-lens camera and millimeter-wave radar to expand the response range of the Pre-Collision System.
The Lane Tracing Assist feature has also improved through the application of AI technologies that expand the assist range, resulting in smoother and more-continuous steering assist.
Last but not least, a curve speed-control function that decelerates the vehicle in advance according to the size of an approaching curve, has been added to Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system.
Also new is the newly added under-body transparent display function which combines images of road surface conditions taken in the past with an image of the vehicle underbody to show the driver what's underneath the UX.
Another major upgrade comes in the form of the latest 12.3-inch touch display multimedia system which promises to be more user-friendly than before.
In addition, the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area have been optimized in accordance with the use of the touch-screen display, and two new charging USB connectors (Type-C) have been added to the front of the console.
That said, the new Lexus UX will be introduced in selected markets around the world beginning July 2022. Since the pre-facelift model is already available here in Malaysia, the new version should be making its way here soon as well.