Lexus South Africa has announced an addition to the UX range, the baby of the SUV models in this country. The new Lexus UX 250h EX brings the total to four, alongside the entry-level UX 200 EX, the UX 250h SE and the range-topping UX 200 F Sport. Because this is not a new shape, there are no fundamental changes to its looks, only those pertaining specifically to the 250h EX model. Last year Lexus SA sold 228 units.

In a way the 250h EX is also an entry-level model itself, albeit only in the hybrid range. Remember, hybrids run on both engines and electric motors in order to use less fuel and be kinder to the environment by producing less C02 emissions. Additionally this new model is self-charging, which means it does not need to be plugged-in somewhere for a recharge at any point.

When it comes to specification, Lexus does not leave the customer wanting more. For example, items like Park Distance Control and a reversing camera come standard with the price. So do 18-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free boot operation, LED daytime running lights and can be specified in one of 11 different exterior colours, including Sonic Quartz.

The interior features a standard Nulux (leather replacement) setup in five colours, including Cobalt. It comes with the Lexus Remote Touch Interface with haptic feedback, which powers 8 speakers. The infotainment system comes standard with Apple Carplay or Android Auto and can be accessed through one of the USB ports, including two at the rear. Typical of a Lexus, satellite navigation is standard in the car. One of the coolest and certainly rare features in any segment is the Lexus Connect free WiFi that driver and passengers can all enjoy.

Powering the car UX 250h EX is the trusted company combo made up of a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine worth 107kW and 180Nm of torque, as well as an electric motor, both of which produce a total of 135kW. These are sent to the front wheels via a CVT transmission and are said to provide smooth acceleration. Lexus figures suggest a 0 – 100km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 177km/h. At the same time, claimed average fuel consumption is 4.5 litres per 100km.

“Expanding the UX 250h line-up was a natural extension for the Lexus newbie, which has been a sales driver in the local market for the brand,” Lexus Sales and Marketing Vice President, Glenn Crompton says. “Lexus has furthermore enjoyed a good market share for hybrid sales over the last year. In 2019 Lexus commanded a 39% market share of all hybrid and electric sales in the premium sector. The greater number of Lexus customers purchasing the UX can now have the luxury of choice, supplemented by a new standard of range-wide connectivity”.

Lexus UX Prices

UX 200 EX – R654 700

UX 250h EX – R690 300

UX 250h SE – R756 200

UX 200 F Sport – R785 400

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