Lexus UX Line has a new entry-level petrol variant as well as range-wide improvements to practicality, refinement and technology.

Updates include more responsive acceleration, smoother gearshifts, a quieter cabin and increased luggage space. There’s also school-zone speed-sign detection.

Acceleration is more refined and responsive due to recalibration of the integrated powertrain control electronics.

The UX cabin is now even quieter due to additional sound-absorbing materials and the adoption of thicker insulation around key areas of the boot floor.

Lexus UX luggage space has been expanded with a lower deck height in UX 200 petrol variants providing approximately 50 and 90 litres, a total of 419 litres (17-inch wheels) and 424 litres (18-inch wheels).

The flexible cargo area for all hybrid UX 250h variants is now 368 litres with the adoption of a double deck-tray adding between four litres (for UX 250h F Sport and Sports Luxury 2WD) and 44 litres (for UX 250h Luxury 2WD).

There are two Type-C USB ports in the rear console, replacing the previous Type-A USB ports for faster charging of compatible devices. Both ports have inlet lighting to enhance visibility.

In addition to the repositioned UX 200 Luxury grade, all other petrol variants have had price reductions from $75 to $325 compared with the equivalent outgoing model.

The front-wheel drive UX 250h range now starts with the Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2 which adds features including power-operated tailgate, wireless phone charging, privacy glass, cornering lamps, alloy scuff plates and headlamp washers.

UX 250h AWD remains available in F Sport and Sports Luxury grades only.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the updated UX embodies the Lexus commitment to continual and thoughtful upgrades across its entire line-up.

“The new UX is packed with improvements across all grades in terms of practicality, refinement and technology, and now our entry UX 200 unlocks the Lexus luxury lifestyle at an even more accessible price,” Mr Thompson said.

UX 200 Luxury: $44,445
UX 200 F Sport: $55,750
UX 200 Sports Luxury: $55,250
UX 250h Luxury 2WD: $52,025
UX 250h F Sport 2WD: $59,600
UX 250h Sports Luxury 2WD: $59,100
UX 250h F Sport AWD: $64,100
UX 250h Sports Luxury AWD: $63,600
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Lexus dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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