The Lexus 2023 model is making multiple updates to UX, its entry-level crossover for the year. Now offered with only a hybrid powertrain, the soft-roader gets a better infotainment system, updated steering and suspension system and more capable safety features.
Just moving to a hybrid line-up brings a new name: UXh. This is not the only change you see when you open (or download) a brochure. Customers can choose from a pair of alternative packages called F Sport Design and F Sport Handling respectively. The former focuses primarily on appearance and tools. It includes F Sport wheel, a special grille, painted wheel arch flare, dark roof rail, a black roof panel, a moonroof, rain sensing wiper, fog lights, cornering lights and self-leveling headlights. Inside, the F Sport-specific parts list includes the front seat, steering wheel, gear selector, instrument cluster, and paddles. The latter goes one step further, with a performance-tuned damper, an active variable suspension system and a brace on the steering gear. We’ve been told that these changes significantly improve UXh’s management
Even if you choose not to tick any box, 2023 UXh will drive better and quieter than 2022 UX. Lexus notes that it has recalibrated the steering and suspension systems and, interestingly, added 20 spot welds to the body to improve structural rigidity.
Inside, the most notable changes for 2023 are infotainment-related The UXh has got the Lexus interface infotainment system that has already been found in other models in the range like the NX. It features an eight-inch touchscreen (a 12.3-inch unit optional) with anti-glare technology, and comes with a redesigned center console with a large wireless device charger and a pair of USB charging ports.
For 2023, every UXh Lexus Safety System, regardless of trim level, is standardized with + 2.5 suite driving aids. This bundle includes a pre-collision system, emergency steering assistance, lane-tracing assistance and adaptive cruise control. Lexus notes that the response range of pre-collision systems has been expanded with better hardware, and that artificial intelligence has helped it improve lane-tracing assistance functions.
Lexus dealers across the country will start getting 2023 UXh by the end of the summer of 2022. Price information has not yet been announced.