Lexus entered the subcompact crossover segment in 2019 with the arrival of the UX. The 2021 Lexus UX will mark the third model year for this small people hauler, and we expect it to be a carryover model.
As a carryover model, we expect the 2021 Lexus UX to carry on without many outward changes. We expect it to retain the same compact footprint, bold body lines, flared rear wheel arches, large Lexus spindle grille, and sleek headlights. We also expect the new UX to carry on with the same F Sport package, which will add darker wheels, a mesh spindle grille, and more.
Inside, the current Lexus UX carries the luxurious style buyers expect from this automaker. This includes a 7- or 8-inch instrument cluster screen, a thick-rimmed steering wheel, swoopy dash lines, a stubby gear shifter, two-tone color options, and more. As for luxury features, the UX includes standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, up to a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. It takes a bit of a hit, though, with its finicky infotainment system interface. These features are likely to remain the same in the 2021 UX.
Under the 2021 Lexus UX’s hood, we expect the same set of powertrain options, starting with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 169 horsepower. This engine will come exclusively with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive – there is no all-wheel-drive option with the gasoline-only model. We also expect the UX 250h to continue with a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for 176 hp. The hybrid model will also come with a CVT and standard all-wheel drive.
The current Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to “Good” crash test scores in all the IIHS tests, “Good”-rated optional headlights, and a “Superior” automatic emergency braking system. Other standard safety tech includes pedestrian detection, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. We expect no changes to the safety gear or ratings in the new model year.
Pricing & Release Date
Lexus hasn’t announced an official release date for the 2021 Lexus UX, but based on previous model years’ on-sale schedules, we expect it to arrive in the fall of 2020.
With no changes expected, we anticipate the 2021 Lexus UX’s pricing to remain close to the current model, which ranges from $33,325 to $40,725 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2020 Lexus UX