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Lexus to Offer Subscription with New Compact SUV

March 26, 2018

Photo of 2019 Lexus UX 200 courtesy of Toyota.
Photo of 2019 Lexus UX 200 courtesy of Toyota.

Lexus became the latest manufacturer to offer a subscription service, when it announced it will provide the option with its 2019 UX compact SUV that will slot under the NX as the brand's entry model.

While details about the subscription service will come closer to the vehicle going in sale in December, the move marks a string of automakers who have begun offering this alternative to leasing or financing that include Volvo, Ford, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Hyundai.

The UX will serve as the entry Lexus crossover below the NX, RX, GX, and LX. At 177 inches in total length, it will be 5 inches shorter than the NX. It will also offer a 103.9-inch wheelbase.

Two available powertrains will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) in the UX 200 and gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain in the UX 250h. The hybrid model will pair a fourth-generation hybrid system with electrified all-wheel drive that equips the rear axle with an electric motor.

The front-wheel-drive UX 200's powertrain will make 168 horsepower, while the UX 250h hybrid propulsion system will make 176 hp, Lexus announced.

Lexus is showing the vehicle for the first time at the New York International Auto Show later this week.

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