We had a really cool opportunity this week to check out the new 2019 Lexus UX! And in addition to that, we got to check it out at the Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club – a venue I’ve been wanting to check out since it first opened. As it has a stunning rooftop terrance (as you’ll see below).
But let’s talk about the 2019 Lexus UX first!
The 2019 Lexus UX is the newest addition to the lineup. It offers the brand’s innovative luxury and safety in a package that combines charismatic new design elements and ultra-efficient new powertrains. For many customers, the UX will not only be their first Lexus, but also their first luxury vehicle. Once in dealerships in December 2018, the UX 200 will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,000. The UX 250h will follow in January 2019 with a starting MSRP of $34,000, adding all-wheel drive, increased power and better fuel efficiency, for only $2,000 more.
Take a look below…
The UX name is derived from the design team’s guiding concept and describes the vehicle’s mission: Urban + X-over (crossover) = UX. (Not from User Expereince- as many of my fellow design and development geeks may have guessed – Literally was my first impression when I heard the name as well!) But Lexus did add in a little cool branding in their marketing materials for this one – noting that this sedan’s interior puts the “UX” in Luxury.
For those of you interested in the tech, here’s what you need to know…
Lexus designers created a cabin atmosphere with a “wow factor” and depth of quality that will be especially apparent to those buying a luxury-brand vehicle for the first time. LED cabin lighting is one example; white LEDs illuminate the front footwells, glovebox and console switches, and also serve as the dome light, map lights and cargo area light.
As another example, each of the UX’s air vents uses a new single-knob control for airflow direction and volume; by combining the two functions in a single control, the air passages of each vent could be enlarged, improving airflow while reducing noise.
Luxury-grade models feature illuminated vent controls with distinctive LED light sources wirelessly powered by electromagnetic resonance of two adjacent magnetic coils vibrating at the same frequency. The vent control LEDs use mirror optics in the same design principle as the Lexus LC’s tail lamps to create the effect of deep floating light sources, even though the light element is just 1/8-inch thick.
The 2019 Lexus UX models offer the latest in the brand’s multimedia and navigation technology. A 7-inch Lexus Multimedia System (LMS) display is standard, and a 10.25-inch screen is used with the available Lexus Navigation system.
The standard Lexus Premium Sound System can play back the highest-resolution digital audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and OGG Orbis) from a USB device while dual rear-seat USB ports enable passengers to use and recharge their smartphones or tablets.
The standard 6-speaker system and available 8-speaker upgrade system use bamboo charcoal speaker diaphragms to reduce mass and deliver natural-sounding voices and improved mid-range sound. Both systems create a more lifelike soundstage by using tweeters mounted at the sides of the instrument panel reflecting sound off the windshield. The 8-speaker system adds a center-dash tweeter, a subwoofer mounted in the luggage area and a more powerful amplifier.
The versatile Lexus Multimedia System is coupled with the upgraded 10.25 inch display, adding numerous features to support customers’ digital lifestyles. Staying connected on the road is essential to today’s drivers, so the UX makes it easier and safer with a number of standard technology features. For instance, all UXs drivers will be able to lock/unlock their doors, start their engine, or check their fuel level, all from the convenience of their smartwatch, Amazon Alexa-enabled, or Google Assistant enabled device. It’s voice controllable too, and compatible with select Android or Apple devices.
All UX models will also come standard with Apple CarPlay® phone functionality. Once a compatible iPhone® is connected through a USB cable, drivers can access Apple Music, Google maps, Waze, plus make phone calls and send and receive messages all through the multimedia display or with voice control through Siri®.
Learn more at https://www.lexus.com/future/UX/ and check out highlights from our evening below!