The Lexus UX arrived as an all-new subcompact SUV in 2019, giving the Japanese automaker a tiny high-riding vehicle in a growing class. Entering its fourth model year on sale, we expect the 2022 Lexus UX to be a carryover model.
For a subcompact SUV, the current UX features bold styling. We expect the current UX’s exterior design to remain the same for the 2022 model year. The current SUV wears a massive hour-glass grille at the front, a sharp front fascia, and angular headlights. Tall fenders and rugged body cladding give the UX its robust look. The rear end of the SUV is just as dramatic, with pointy taillights and a prominent rear bumper.
The angular and sharp exterior design carries into the interior. The entire dashboard is slightly angled toward the driver, making the infotainment screen easier to see and buttons on the center console easier to reach. The tiered structure of the center console, the way the infotainment screen is tucked into the dashboard, and sweeping lines make the current UX look and feel like a luxury SUV. As a carryover model, the 2022 Lexus UX will share the same interior design as the current model.
On top of a standard 7-inch screen, the current UX comes with a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hot spot, four USB ports, six audio speakers, and Bluetooth. Optional features include a 10.3-inch display, navigation, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, eight audio speakers, and wireless smartphone charging. These features will continue to be available for the 2022 Lexus UX.
Lexus offers two different powertrains with the UX when you include the UX Hybrid. We expect these engines to be available for the 2022 model year. The standard engine in the UX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 169 horsepower. The UX Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 181 hp. Both engines are paired with a CVT and route power to the front wheels.
Standard safety features on the current UX include rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam assist. The UX did well in crash tests, earning a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and was named a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. These ratings and feature should carry over for the 2022 Lexus UX.