lexus is giving its smallest crossover, the ux, an update for the 2023 model year, and the biggest news is that the subcompact suv will become exclusively a hybrid, with lexus dropping the 169-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four powertrain. under the name uxh, it will now only be powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four and an electric motor powering the rear wheels, with a combined 181 horses.
along with removing the gas-only model, lexus made a few small changes to the uxh. lexus says 20 spot welding points were added to the body to boost structural rigidity, while new bridgestone 18-inch run-flat tires were designed to reduce noise and vibration. inside, the optional larger screen grows two inches to 12.3-inches, and the center console has been reconfigured. there’s also a new voice activated assistant and other tech like a digital app-based key.
the 2023 ux 250h f sport models also gain a design and a handling package. the former adds f sport-specific wheels, grille, a black roof, painted wheel arches, and goodies like a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlamp leveling. on top of that, the f sport handling gains performance dampers and active variable suspension. there are also interior upgrades, with heated and ventilated f sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and aluminum pedals. lexus has yet to announce pricing for the 2023 uxh, but previously the cheapest ux hybrid trim, the ux 250h, started at $36,825, and we don’t expect the price to increase dramatically. the 2023 uxh goes on sale late this summer.