2019 Lexus UX 200 Platinum Silver F SPORT – Innovative Transmission and Efficient Engine
2019 Lexus UX 200 Platinum Silver F SPORT – Drive, Interior and Exterior. Subscribe.
The F SPORT package is available for both the UX 200 and UX 250h.
The F SPORT transformation includes an exclusive grille design featuring a mesh-pattern created by individual L-shaped pieces. The exclusive F SPORT front bumper features large fog lamp bezels with L-shaped chrome mouldings and the same mesh pattern as the grille. A revised rear bumper and jet-black trim on the front and rear mouldings complete the F SPORT look.
Two of the available 13 exterior colours, White Nova and Heat Blue, are exclusive to the F SPORT.
F SPORT-exclusive interior features include front sports seats made with an integrated-foaming technique first developed for Lexus F models, which helps the seats conform to the occupant’s body. With this process, the upholstery is set into the mould and is then filled with foam to complete the seat in a single process. The special 8-way power-adjustable F SPORT front seats feature lumbar adjustment, as well as manual forward/backward adjustment for the headrests.
The F SPORT features a larger 8-in. TFT LCD display that varies depending on the powertrain (petrol or hybrid) and the selected drive mode. For the F SPORT only, the movable meter ring, which originated in the Lexus LFA supercar and is also featured in the LC premium coupe, allows displayed content to be easily changed. Pushing a switch on the steering wheel moves the ring to the right and enlarges the multi-information display.
A leather-covered F SPORT steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift knob, aluminium footrest and aluminium pedals are also part of the package.
The UX F SPORT can be equipped with a UX tailored version of the high response Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that debuted on the Lexus LC and LS flagship models. The system increases damping force to minimize roll when cornering or changing lanes and reduces damping force in straight line driving to preserve ride quality.
Exclusive F SPORT suspension tuning includes specific springs and stabiliser bars, plus a rear performance damper for a more refined ride. The 18-inch, five twin-spoke aluminium alloy wheels, which are unique to the F SPORT, are even more rigid than standard UX wheels, contributing to responsiveness and handling agility.
The UX F SPORT driving experience can be further enhanced with Active Sound Control (ASC), which generates the aural effect of up- and down-shifts like those of a geared automatic transmission. An additional Sonic Interaction Design (SID) function adjusts the sound the vehicle makes when driving in Sport S+ mode (S+ Sound).
Both the UX 200 and UX 250h Hybrid are equipped with Lexus Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to tailor the driving experience by selecting from three different drive modes.
Normal mode provides an optimal balance between driving performance and fuel efficiency; ECO mode maximises fuel savings across all driving conditions by smoothing the throttle response, and by moderating air conditioning operation; Sport Mode delivers quicker throttle response and increased power steering feel.
In Luxury and F SPORT models equipped with AVS, five different driving modes are available: normal, ECO, Sport S, Sport S+, and custom.
The UX 200 is equipped with the same 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine as the UX 250h.
At 171 PS, the UX 200 engine offers output similar to some competitors’ lower capacity turbo engines, but with less complexity, less underhood heat and lower powerplant weight for better vehicle balance. The engine produces 205 Nm of peak torque.
The new Direct-Shift-Continuously Variable Transmission (D-CVT) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a continuously variable transmission with a more direct driving feel. The key to its distinct performance feel is a mechanical gearset that is used to start from a stand-still and accelerate before handing off to the continuously variable transmission traditional pulley system.
The result is quicker, more linear initial acceleration, while maintaining the benefits of a continuously variable transmission at mid- and higher speeds. Also, because the fixed-ratio first gear reduces the load on the belt and pulleys mechanism for start-off and low-speed driving, the pulley can be made smaller and lighter while providing a wider range of gear ratios. The result is quicker ratio changes during acceleration and an overall ratio spread that maximises fuel efficiency.
Under strong acceleration, the D-CVT can freely adjust the transmission ratio to simulate gear changes like a multi-gear automatic transmission. Synchronisation of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed provides a linear acceleration feel.
September 14, 2018 at 03:59PM