Lexus Entry-Level UX250h And 7-Seat RX450hL Hybrid SUVs On The Way

Lexus is bringing the small UX Concept crossover SUV to market, including a hybrid model, and is finally about to release a longer RX450hL hybrid with space for up to seven.

The UX Concept’s hybrid version, first shown at November’s Paris Auto Show, will replace the aging CT200h hatchback, which will be phased out without a replacement model.

Britian’s Autocar uncovered trademark filings that indicate the UX SUV lineup will be made up of the UX250h hybrid and two gasoline-powered models, the UX200 and UX250.

The UK publication quoted Johan Van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota and Lexus in Europe from an interview on the topic at the Paris motor show.

“This UX concept is all about anticipation and Lexus’ unparalleled knowledge in the SUV market,” he said. “We are ready for the next chapter of a bolder [looking] Lexus SUV – the UX concept.”

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Since the CT200h employs the company’s previous generation 1.8-liter hybrid system as found in the Toyota Prius, it is expected the UX250h would borrow the drivetrain from the larger NX300h hybrid that’s available in two-wheel and all-wheel drive models.

With a 154 horsepower 2.5-liter four cylinder engine and two electric motors, the AWD NX300h delivers a combined power rating of 194 horsepower while delivering an EPA fuel economy estimate of 33 mpg city and 30 mpg combined.

The UX Concept was a stunner at its showing, with curves, dozens of sharp angles and the largest Lexus spindle grille ever that stole most of the attention.

Expect the production version’s styling to be considerably toned down as it takes on the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Autocar also discovered trademarks for a lengthened RX that will broaden its SUV range to compete with the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLS and the upcoming BMW X7.

2016 RX450h.

2016 RX450h.

The new seven-seater RX is expected to make an auto show appearance sometime this year with two models, RX450hL hybrid and RX350L, indicating there will be no powertrain changes.

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The current RX450h AWD model uses a 259 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and two electric motors for a power rating of 308 horsepower.

EPA rates the RX450h at 31 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in front-drive form.

Both the UX250h and RX450hL will arrive at dealers sometime in 2018.

Autocar


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