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2019 Lexus UX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date, Photos

, Senior Pricing Analyst - February 27, 2018

Model Preview

The Lexus UX will be an all-new crossover SUV for 2019. Although the vehicle isn't due to be unveiled until the Geneva Auto Show in March, the Japanese automaker has given us our first glimpse.

Initial reports indicate the vehicle will be built on the same modular platform that underpins models like the Toyota C-HR and Prius. Exterior styling up front looks familiar with the brand's signature spindle grille.

However, in back, Lexus has teased what appears to be some form of fin-like features on the outer edges of the taillights. Given that the C-HR has rather dramatic taillights, this isn't particularly surprising.

Specs under the hood have not yet been announced. For reference, the C-HR comes equipped with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine rated at 144 hp with 139 lb-ft of torque and an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 31 mpg highway.

On the other hand, the Lexus NX 300 comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at 235 hp and 258 lb-ft. A hybrid is also reportedly in the works, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

As with most Lexus models, expect safety to be a major selling point with the UX. The brand currently offers advanced features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and more at no extra charge, something you won't find from competitors like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Will Lexus be able to offer a reasonably-priced alternative to the NX without sacrificing features or refinement? That remains to be seen. We expect official pricing to start somewhere in the range of $30,000 to $32,000, well below the $36,980 MSRP of the NX 300.

A release date has not yet been announced. We currently estimate an on-sale date sometime this fall like most other Lexus models.

Stay tuned for update.

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Pictured: New Lexus UX

Used Lexus UX in 20149