Paris Motor Show – Lexus UX Concept Previews New Premium Compact SUV

With the impending arrival in Australia of the all-new Toyota C-HR compact SUV, premium sister brand Lexus has previewed its own version at the Paris Motor Show.

Called the UX, the compact SUV is just a concept for now, but with spindle grille and styling lines inspired by the C-HR, the UX could be reasonably close to a future production version – even if Lexus hasn’t confirmed anything just yet.

The ‘UX’ name could also follow the concept, onto the rump of the production version, as Lexus thinks the term ‘Urban Crossover’ for ‘Urbanites’ befits this new model.

Like Toyota with its C-HR, Lexus is hoping a younger audience will be attracted to the UX when it arrives in showrooms.

Details on that production version are under wraps for now, but Lexus has revealed that the concept is 4330mm long, 1495mm high, 1870mm wide and the wheelbase is 2598mm. The wheels are 21-inch in diameter, and the concept has seating for four.

Those four seats aren’t the usual ‘wild’ concept design we’ve come to expect from carmakers, but instead, Lexus has fitted its new Kinetic seat concept to the UX.

Elsewhere inside, there’s ‘see-through’ A-pillars, a floating centre console and a split ‘dark/light’ cabin to differentiate the front section from the rear.

There’s also what Lexus calls a ‘three-dimensional driver experience’ aimed at the ‘connected’ generation, which includes hologram controls for the air conditioning.

‘E-mirrors’ (cameras) replace conventional side rear-view mirrors, and a removable sound bar is fitted to the passenger side of the dashboard.

Existing rivals for the UX include Audi’s brand new Q2, the BMW X2 (should it make it into production) and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Stay tuned to TMR for more.

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