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The Lexus UX Has Arrived in the Philippines

As sleek as crossovers come
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The subcompact crossover is a segment usually associated with affordability and mass-market appeal. As such, those looking to buy one are going to have a relatively more difficult time standing out.

Of course, as with most cars, not all crossovers are created equal. If you’re someone who’s looking to stand out in one—and willing to shell out a slight premium to do so in the process—then look no further than the newly launched Lexus UX.

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The Japanese premium carmaker’s latest Philippine offering combines class, attitude, and practicality in a compact package that flaunts an aesthetic as stylish as it is muscular. Futuristic lights and sweeping design cues work hand in hand with the vehicle’s sharp edges and massive signature grille to convey an agile appearance. In ‘Blazing Carnelian,’ the UX is without question one of the segment’s hottest-looking offerings.

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The main cabin highlight is the brand’s use of washi-inspired trim, which provides the interior with a cozy and minimalist atmosphere. Not familiar with the term? Washi is a paper and material commonly used in Japanese homes.

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“In developing the UX, the Lexus design and engineering teams studied varied philosophies behind luxury and wealth, to bring a fresh perspective to the luxury landscape,” says Lexus UX chief engineer Mitsuteru Emoto. “For some, true luxuries go beyond the material. Instead, they are things such as time, experience, and beauty.”

Like we said, the UX is a practical vehicle: Its 5.2-meter turning radius makes it convenient to park and maneuver around cramped Metro Manila streets. What’s more, the carmaker promises that its 2.0-liter gasoline engine (168hp and 205Nm, mated to a CVT) will be efficient and economical. Below are the variants and prices of this new FWD crossover:

Lexus UX:

  1. Lexus UX 200 P2,478,000
  2. Lexus UX F Sport P3,048,000

Again, if you’re looking to stand out in a subcompact crossover, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than this. The Lexus UX 200 and UX F Sport are available for purchase now.

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This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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