In mid-May this year, Lexus launched a minor facelift for its entry-level crossover UX model lineup and announced that it would enter the global market this summer. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the noise audit data of a “2023” UX 200, which was certified as a complete noise audit at the end of June.
In order to capture the urban crossover market, Lexus launched the UX in March 2018 and after more than three years of sales, it has now replaced the luxury hatchback CT model as the mainstream choice for the Lexus family. The UX 200, UX 250h and UX 300e are currently available in three power options in Taiwan, offering buyers a choice of petrol, petrol hybrid and electric options. In order to refine the competitiveness of the UX model range, Lexus launched a minor facelift in May this year, fine-tuning the exterior styling and improving the interior features to make the UX model range more in line with Taiwanese buyers’ expectations.
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In this minor update, Lexus has focused mainly on interior equipment upgrades, such as the size and position of the centre console, as well as the design of the centre console and the saddle of the gearbox, all of which are significantly different from the pre-revised model. The main consideration is to improve driving convenience. This is because Lexus has upgraded the UX’s multimedia information integration system from the original Remote Touch control interface to a touch panel so that instead of “remote control” through the gearbox panel, the centre console screen can be “slid” directly with the finger. The position of the centre console screen has also been moved towards the seat, almost cutting in line with the centre console façade, to allow for touch operation.
In addition, the size of the central touch screen has also been enlarged. The UX is currently available in Taiwan with a 7″ screen at best, but with the minor facelift the basic specification has jumped from 8″ to a larger 12.3″ version with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and voice control. In addition, a minor facelift has introduced a smartphone key function, which allows you to use your smartphone to lock, unlock and start the engine by downloading a dedicated app and pairing it with the car. An OTA cloud update is also available to ‘upgrade’ the in-car multimedia integration system via online download.