Lexus will unveil its answer to the likes of Audi's Q2 at the upcoming 2018 Geneva motor show in March.
The German luxury brand confirmed plans for a production version of the UX Concept, only two weeks before the model’s official debut.
First shown at the 2016 Paris motor show, Lexus says the original UX concept was “a powerful reinterpretation of the Lexus design signatures”, including crisp surfaces and the brand’s somewhat divisive ‘spindle’ grille.
Like Toyota’s visually arresting C-HR baby SUV, the UX may make the leap from concept to reality without losing significant styling elements. A teaser image released by the brand depicts a laser-like tail light strip running across the full width of the cars’ rear end, flanked on either side by pronounced horns unlike anything we’ve seen on a production Lexus SUV.
While we don’t expect to see show car tinsel such as see-through windscreen pillars, self-tinting windows and a hologram dashboard flow through to the road car, the UX’s sharp looks may carry over as part of the brand’s push to find younger customers.
Full details surrounding the model and its local introduction have not been announced.
But we would not be surprised to see it on sale with a choice of petrol or hybrid powertrains – the latter possibly shared with Toyota’s updated Prius hatch. Lexus’ relatively new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is also a chance for the UX, perhaps giving it 175kW and 350Nm outputs to match sporty German rivals.