The new Lexus UX250h EX is the second hybrid model in the crossover range.
The new Lexus UX250h EX is the second hybrid model in the crossover range.     
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The gears of the economy have slowly started turning to somewhat of normalcy with car sales allowed to resume.

Wasting no time in getting the ball rolling, Lexus SA has announced a new model in its UX range. The UX is the brand’s city romper and is the smallest vehicle in the premium Japanese brand’s SUV portfolio that includes the NX, RX and LX models.

Priced at R690,300, the new UX 250h EX derivative is a more affordable new model slotting in under the UX 250h SE range topper which sells for R756,200.

Boasting the same powertrain as the SE version, the 250h EX blends a naturally-aspirated four cylinder 2.0l petrol motor with electrification for a total system output of 135kW and 180Nm. This translates to a claimed sprint to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds and 177km/h.

But hybrid drivers are more concerned with frugality than performance. The 250h EX fuel economy figures are claimed to be 4.5l/100km on a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 103g/km.

From a spec point of view you can expect this model to have shed a few ultra-luxuries like a bird’s-eye view camera, but it retains a generous hit list of luxury.

It gets park distance control with a reverse camera, push start system, a Drive Mode Selector, two rear USB charging ports, eight airbags, navigation, electric rear hatch, cruise control, retractable side mirrors, an eight-speaker sound system, haptic feedback functionality on a touch screen command centre and the full suite of safety systems.

The interior of the new EX grade is tastefully premium with only a minor loss of luxury specification.
The interior of the new EX grade is tastefully premium with only a minor loss of luxury specification. 
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There’s also updated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and Wi-Fi connectivity fitted as standard.

You can also choose one of five standard Nulux leather interior styles. These are black, white ash, rich cream, B Ocher or Cobalt while the exterior features standard fitment of silver metallic 18-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and an 11-strong exterior paint line up.

Lexus vehicles come standard with a seven-year/105,000km warranty and full maintenance plan.