Believe it or not, this is the facelifted 2023 Lexus UX, and unless you’ve read our article, you’ll probably miss what’s changed in the Japanese luxury automaker’s subcompact luxury SUV.
That’s because at least in terms of styling, the 2023 Lexus UX doesn’t get any updates at all. That is until you get the F Sport variant that you see here, wherein its comically large black cladding has now been painted for a cleaner, sportier look. But unlike most mid-cycle facelifts that focus on improving a car’s aesthetics, Lexus has decided to add 20 more weld spots to increase the UX’s rigidity. In addition to the recalibrated electric power steering and shocks, the facelifted UX promises to offer sharper steering, improved handling, and a more comfortable ride.
The interior of the 2023 Lexus UX likewise remains mostly unchanged, except for the car’s electronics. That’s because the UX has now ditched the brand’s infamous Remote Touch touchpad-based infotainment in favor of the new Lexus Interface touchscreen-based infotainment system. The standard screen size is 8 inches, while higher variants come with a bigger 12.3-inch unit. The center console has also been slightly revised for increased practicality since it doesn’t need to accommodate a touchpad anymore. Oh, and wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a new voice assistant come as standard in the new infotainment system.
The 2023 Lexus UX is still powered by two 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, the first one being the UX 200 that’s offered here in the Philippines. This powertrain is part of Toyota’s Dynamic Force engine range, and it produces 168 hp and 205 Nm that drives the front wheels via a Direct-Shift CVT with an actual first gear. The other one is the UX 250h, and this is a hybrid electric powertrain that delivers a total output of 181 hp.
For 2023, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 is offered as standard across all UX models, which comes with the usual Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Pre-Collision System, just to name a few. New for LSS+ 2.5 are Emergency Steering Assist which aids in steering the vehicle away from collisions, and Emergency Driving Stop System, which enables the UX to bring the vehicle safely to a complete stop in the event that the driver is unresponsive.
The 2023 Lexus UX will go on sale in North America, Japan, and Europe later this year. A Philippine launch will most likely happen before the end of this year or in early 2023.