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2019 LEXUS UX CROSSOVER REVEALED

The Lexus UX compact crossover will join Lexus’ global lineup later this year, after a debut at the Geneva motor show.

Ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show, Lexus

has released the first official image of the UX, a model it calls its first “urban crossover.”

If you’ve been following Lexus design trends, the grille of this all-new crossover will hardly surprise you, but it’s the wraparound taillight strip and the lines breaking up the door surfaces that will likely invite the most comments when the crossover is unveiled.

What vehicles will the UX battle in the marketplace when it lands later in 2018? The brand’s newest and smallest crossover will set its sights on the likes of the

Volvo XC40 , the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class , though when it comes to proportions, it will likely land close to the Toyota C-HR with which it shares the modular TNGA platform. Among the recently announced TNGA engines is a 2.0-liter gasoline inline-four, which is the likely powerplant for the UX 250 nameplate that Toyota trademarked earlier. We’re also likely to see a hybrid version of the new crossover, badged as a UX 250h, which will pair an electric motor with the same 2.0-liter engine.

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