Meet the cheapest Lexus crossover, now offered only as a hybrid with a new front-wheel-drive base model with a starting of ₦21,5100,00 ($35,850) and is EPA-rated at 42 mpg combined.
After Lexus announced earlier this year that the new 2023 UX lineup would include only the hybrid model, it’s now saying that there will be a new front-wheel-drive version of the UX250h.
This change means that the UX250h is now less expensive and more efficient. It starts at ₦21,5100,00 ($35,850) and achieves an EPA combined rating of 42 mpg combined compared with the AWD model’s 39 mpg rating.
The FWD UX250h has essentially the same powertrain as the AWD model, only it does without the third electric motor that powers the rear wheels. Both versions use a 2.0-litre inline-four gasoline engine and produce a total of 181 horsepower. All-wheel drive is now an ₦840,000 ($1400) option, and trim levels include Premium – ₦22,986,000 ($38,310) and two F Sport variants. The F Sport Appearance ₦22,986,000 ($38,310) has just the visuals, while the F Sport Handling model ₦25,968,000 ($43,280) also gains adaptive dampers and other suspension tweaks, along with sports seats and a different steering wheel.
Other tweaks for 2023 model include a larger infotainment screen, a reconfigured centre console, and some new connectivity features. Lexus also says it improved structural rigidity and added run-flat tires. The 2023 UX250h will go on sale sometime this month.