Lexus is strengthening its UX 250h full hybrid compact SUV range for 2021 with the addition of a new Premium Sport Edition model that combines powerful styling, a high equipment specification and strong customer value.
The new model adds extra emphasis to the UX’s distinctive, sharply styled bodywork with an all-black theme for the spindle grille mesh and frame, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, door mirror casings, roof rails and headlight units.
There’s a similarly bold treatment for the interior, with the seats upholstered in black Tahara – Lexus’s supple alternative to leather. The equipment manifest builds on the existing UX specification to include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, plus Lexus Navigation.
Together these features are provided at a price premium of just £850 to the UX Premium Pack model on which the new Premium Sport Edition is based. The on-the-road price is £33,150.
Heated seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass and, for easier parking manoeuvres, a reversing camera and Intelligent Clearance Sonar system are also provided. The multimedia system includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so owners can access and control their favourite phone apps with ease using the UX’s seven-inch display screen.
The Lexus Safety System+ equips the UX Premium Sport Edition with a Pre-Collision System that additionally detects pedestrians and, in daylight driving, cyclists, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam.
The new model is expected to be the focus for UX sales in 2021, with its value profile heightened for business/company car drivers. Thanks to the exceptional efficiency of its 181bhp self-charging hybrid electric powertrain, it achieves 124g/km CO2 emissions (WLTP combined cycle data), securing a 27 per cent benefit-in-kind rating for company car tax – lower than any of its conventionally powered competitors. The on-the-road price also keeps the UX Premium Sport Edition comfortably below the threshold for an additional Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) charge. The new model and the 2021 UX range are on sale now.