Autofocus: 2023 Lexus UX 250h Premium Plus Pack
The upcoming 2023 Lexus UX 250h is set to redefine urban living with its distinctive style and enhanced driving dynamics. For the upcoming model year, the hybrid crossover introduces a range of upgrades, catering to the desires of discerning guests. Notable additions include the introduction of the Lexus Interface, a larger touchscreen, and the integration of Lexus Safety System+ 2.5. Enthusiasts can anticipate the vehicle’s availability for purchase in late summer 2022.
In a strategic move in the U.S. market, the UX will exclusively offer a hybrid powertrain, aligning seamlessly with the brand’s commitment to fostering a carbon-neutral society. This decision underscores Lexus’s dedication to sustainability and echoes the broader industry trend toward eco-friendly mobility solutions. The Lexus UX has been a mainstay name in the compact luxury SUV segment and this upgrade ensures that it is a favorable option in the highly competitive segment. With an exhilarating driving experience and myriad options for luxury enthusiasts, Lexus is expanding its lineup of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), showcasing its commitment to innovation and environmental consciousness.
Refined and Exhilarating Performance
Lexus has diligently pursued an elevated standard of driving performance for the upcoming 2023 UXh, focusing on refining aspects such as steering response, handling stability, and ride quality. The pursuit of enhanced dynamics led to strategic updates, including the introduction of 20 additional spot welding points on the body to fortify structural rigidity. Furthermore, the electronic power steering and shock absorbers underwent meticulous re-calibration to optimize their performance harmoniously with the vehicle’s overall design.
Addressing the importance of a serene driving experience, significant strides have been made in noise and vibration reduction. This achievement is attributed to the incorporation of newly developed Bridgestone 18-inch run-flat tires exclusively featured on the latest UXh models. These advancements collectively contribute to a more sophisticated and enjoyable driving experience, aligning with Lexus’s commitment to delivering excellence in both performance and comfort.
Focused F SPORT Packages for Design and Handling
In the realm of the 2023 UX 250h F SPORT, a heightened sense of driving aesthetics and sporty allure takes center stage with the expanded offerings of the F SPORT Design and Handling packages. Elevating the exterior presence, both models boast distinctive F SPORT wheels, grille, dark roof rails, a black roof, moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, fog and cornering lamps, automatic headlamp leveling, and painted wheel arch molding.
The F SPORT Handling package, building upon the foundation laid by the F SPORT Design, introduces standard performance dampers® and an Active Variable Suspension (AVS). The rear performance dampers® swiftly absorb body flex and minor vibrations, contributing to sharper handling, enhanced overall ride comfort, and a quieter driving experience. The AVS, with its responsive damping force adjustment, ensures a stable posture and absorbs excessive shock, even on road surfaces featuring a mix of large undulations and minor bumps. This translates into improved steering response, stability, and a plush ride. To further refine steering response, a brace is added to the steering gear.
Inside the F SPORT Handling variant of the UXh, the driving experience is elevated with the addition of an aluminum footrest and scuff plate, complementing the F SPORT-exclusive sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, meters, and aluminum sports pedals. Both driver and passenger can luxuriate in memory F SPORT seats, complete with heating and ventilation options. Practical features such as the digital key, heated auto-dim side mirrors with memory and auto-dim, and a rear-view mirror with HomeLink enhance the tangible driving pleasure of the F SPORT Handling package.
Latest Multimedia System and Improved Cockpit Usability
Stepping into the future, the 2023 UX 250h embraces cutting-edge technology with the introduction of the state-of-the-art Lexus Interface multimedia system. This innovative system boasts a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen display, revolutionizing the vehicle’s interaction capabilities. The overall usability of the cabin has been elevated through thoughtful enhancements, including the optimization of shapes and switch layout within the instrument panel and console area.
A significant improvement to convenience comes in the form of a vertically extended wireless charging space, accompanied by strategically placed LED lighting at the top, enhancing usability and visibility. Recognizing the importance of connectivity, two additional USB charging connectors have been seamlessly integrated into the front of the console, ensuring that passengers stay powered and connected throughout their journey. These advancements collectively contribute to an enhanced and user-friendly in-cabin experience, aligning with Lexus’s commitment to marrying luxury with cutting-edge technology.
The Lexus Interface multimedia system, coupled with an array of connected services, redefines the user experience for both drivers and passengers of the 2023 UX. Positioned closer to the driver, the system boasts a standard 8-inch or optional 12.3-inch touch display, featuring advanced resolution and anti-glare technology reminiscent of smartphones. Interaction is seamlessly facilitated through intuitive touch controls and voice activation, providing a dynamic and user-friendly interface.
A key highlight of the Lexus Interface is the introduction of a new Voice Assistant, accessible through voice activation or a dedicated button on the steering wheel. A simple “Hey Lexus” activates the system, enabling users to command it with natural and straightforward voice prompts. Developed with a human-centric approach, the Voice Assistant incorporates dual microphones, enhanced noise cancellation, seat detection, and speaker location capabilities, fostering a voice-first approach for accessing media, phone functions, and vehicle settings, including climate control, enriching the interactive experience for front seat occupants.
The availability of Connected Services Drive Connect subscription further elevates the driving experience. Cloud Navigation ensures real-time Over-the-Air updates for traffic, routing information, and Points of Interest (POI), with integrated Google POI data for up-to-date search capability. Destination Assist provides 24/7 live agent assistance for locating the next destination, while the Intelligent Assistant, accessible with a Drive Connect subscription, offers weather and location-based notifications, address and POI search with navigation, and integrated audio streaming functionality through Wi-Fi Connect.
Lexus Interface supports dual Bluetooth phone connectivity, with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Additionally, the new UXh comes equipped with a range of standard Connected Services, including Safety Connect with emergency assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator, and Collision Assistance with a 3-year trial. Service Connect provides Vehicle Health Reports, Maintenance Alerts, and reminders with a 5-year trial. The Lexus app complements the experience, offering a three-year trial of Remote Connect service, allowing users to control headlights, lock/unlock doors, remote start the vehicle, check vehicle status, receive reminders, and set guest driver alerts. Together, these features seamlessly integrate technology and connectivity, enhancing the overall driving and ownership experience for UX 250h users.
Expanded Functionality of Lexus Safety System+ 2.5
The 2023 UXh sets a new standard in safety with the inclusion of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 as a standard feature. This advanced preventive safety technology is designed with a clear goal: to proactively prevent accidents, minimize traffic injuries, and reduce fatalities, ultimately alleviating the burden on drivers. With a comprehensive suite of safety features, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 underscores the brand’s commitment to prioritizing the well-being of both occupants and other road users, ushering in a new era of enhanced safety standards for the UXh.