2023 Lexus UX facelift – UX 200 and UX 250h variants; No more remote touch

The Lexus UX first debuted in 2018 as the brand’s smallest crossover, slotting the bottom of the NX and competing with the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40. Since its launch, the UX has sold nearly 240,000 units in more than 80 countries and territories, including Malaysia, where the model was launched in 2020.

More than four years after its initial debut, the UX has now been given a major update, although it’s not immediately clear when viewing it from the outside. At first glance, the crossover still retains the same spindle grille, well-defined crease, vertical side inlet on the front bumper, and full-width taillights.

This is also true of models with the F Sport package, which adds a more aggressive front bumper with a larger corner bay, a new mesh design for the grille, as well as a reprofilled rear bumper. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Yamaha-enhanced performance dampers are going to be standardized on the back with the F Sport package to sharpen handling and improve ride comfort.

The interior of the cabin underwent major changes, as Lexus dropped the multi-tiered remote touch interface and the accompanying touchpad that was previously on the center console. The UX now comes with an 8- or 12.3-inch full touchscreen experience. Features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, website browsing, a digital voice assistant, personalized user profile and navigation are available for residents.

The touchscreen is paired with a new infotainment system that supports over-the-air (OTA) updates to add improved services over time. It also results in some remodeling of the interior, starting with the control of the heated seats that now have the touchpad next to the gear lever.

The disc player and extra comfort control (heated steering, seat ventilation) that were previously located under climate control are also gone, the latter is now integrated with the touchscreen. Also, the wireless charging space has been expanded and is now illuminated, with two USB-C ports attached to the front of the center console.

On the safety and driver support front, the Lexus Safety System + has now achieved enhanced functionality for enhanced performance of single-lens cameras and millimeter-wave radar that allow to extend the response range of pre-collision systems.


Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is also enhanced by the application of AI technology that extends the range of assistance, resulting in smoother and more consistent steering assistance. Meanwhile, the curve speed-control function – already available on some Lexus models – enters the UX, which allows the car to slow down in advance according to the size of an impending curve while dynamic radar cruise control is active.

Emergency steering assist, which assists steering in the vehicle lane as directed by the driver, is also included, such as an emergency driving stop system that supports the driver through audio and visual alerts, and the use of lane tracing assist if the driver is unresponsive for a certain period of time.

Other added features include support for panoramic view monitors and digital keys, the latter allowing users to lock / unlock their smartphones, start the engine, and share usage between family members and friends.

For the changes you may not see, the Lexus says it has increased UX’s body stiffness by adding a total of 20 spot welding points to open the body around the side and back doors. Electric power steering, dampers and other components were also returned, while the steering response was further enhanced by attaching a bracket to the steering gear. The redesigned 18-inch run-flat tires also help reduce road noise while driving.

The UX 200 and UX 250h will be sold in select markets in the summer of 2022. These are the same form as before, although the company has not yet provided technical details. The UX 200 is probably powered by the M20A-FKS 2.0-liter naturally-aspiring four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 170 PS (168 hp) and 205 Nm, coupling the front wheels with a straight-shift CVT.

The UX 250h’s powertrain has an M20A-FXS 2.0 liter unit (145 PS or 143 hp), an electric motor (109 PS or 107 hp) and an eCVT for total system output of 184 PS (181 hp). In the United States, the hybrid will only be powertrain, and as a result the model will be called UXh.

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