The crossover frenzy is not happy anymore with competing with existing cars. It intends to replace them. We have already seen this happen with station wagons and sedans are also feeling the pressure. The next attack will be against C segment hatchbacks, the most important one in Europe. After the success of the Nissan Qashqai, Lexus will also try its luck with a crossover. With the difference that it is going to kill the CT200h, its Prius, so to speak, for the production version of the UX Concept, to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.
The UX Concept is larger than the Toyota C-HR, but it resembles the smaller and poorer sibling. They may even be built over the same platform, the TNGA. The concept presents suicide rear doors, but we don’t expect that to be kept on the production version.
Just like the CT200h, the UX Concept should keep the hybrid powertrain. Wait for 1.8 4-cylinder 2ZR-FXE engine with Atkinson cycle under the hood. In the Prius, it produces 71 kW at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Its electric engine generates 53 kW and 163 Nm, but the total output is a disappointing 90 kW. On the other hand, thermal efficiency is said to be around 40%. The UX may not even need to be such a fuel saver. As long as it comes with the right body, it should sell much more than the CT200h ever did.