Lexus' new eye-catching 2021 UX F Sport will appeal to the sporting environmentalists

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2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport
  • Lexus UX F Sport promises sportier handling and character.
  • Claimed to use as little as 4.5 litres of petrol per 100km on average.
  • It is packed with safety and luxury features.
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Lexus has launched a vehicle that will help you reduce your fuel consumption and cut down on your carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions but won't compromise on style, comfort, or sporting credentials. Meet the freshly-minted Lexus UX Hybrid F Sport.

According to the manufacturer, the 2021 Lexus UX F Sport Hybrid is designed for modern urban motorists who seek a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving. "It's something that is not just new and exciting, but also relevant to changing lifestyles, and for many young urban explorers, it will most likely be their very first Lexus," the company notes.

Lexus, in South Africa, is adopting a hybrid-only business model. This aligns with its view to becoming Carbon Neutral by further lowering fuel emissions and providing a realistic entry point to electrified motoring. 

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2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

Sporting prowess

The front-wheel-drive Lexus UX 250h F Sport is said to offer superior performance thanks to its fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain technology, which provides high-speed responsiveness and a feeling of smooth, natural acceleration.

The vehicle's 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine delivers 107kW of power at 6000rpm and 180Nm of torque at 4400rpm, but when combined with the electric motor the vehicle's combined power output jumps to 135kW.

This equates to a good 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds, while fuel economy is rated at 4.5 litres per 100km in a combined cycle, with carbon dioxide emissions of just 103 grams per km.

2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

Superior rigidity

The Lexus UX is the first Lexus product to be constructed using the company's new Global Architecture – Compact (GA-C) platform. It's a lightweight, yet super-rigid structure, offering a low centre of gravity.

Refined suspension tuning is also said to endow it with superior handling agility and ride comfort and a distinctive driving character reinforced by some bespoke F Sport fettling under the skin.


2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

Stunning looks

Lexus says its designers created an overall design theme for the UX that combines strength with refinement and is stylish yet functional. Upfront, the spindle grille treatment (a characteristic feature of all Lexus models) is unique to the UX, featuring a mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change shape as they radiate out from the centrally-placed Lexus badge. The UX F Sport boasts all-LED headlamps that feature L-shaped Daytime running lights that merge with an exclusive grille design featuring a vertical mesh pattern created by individual L-shaped pieces.

Additional items that strengthen the F Sport's image include differentiated front and rear bumpers, jet-black trim on the front and rear mouldings, and unique alloy wheel garnishing. Also worth mentioning are the large fog lamp bezels with L-shaped chrome mouldings and featuring the same mesh pattern as the grille.

2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

Special bits

Bespoke 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 unique to the F Sport are even more rigid than standard UX 250h wheels, contributing to responsiveness and handling agility.

The F Sport package comes standard with a UX-tailored version of the new high-response Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that debuted on the Lexus LC and LS flagship coupe and sedan. The system increases damping force to minimise roll when cornering or changing lanes and reduces damping force in straight-line driving to preserve ride quality. With AVS, the vehicle's Drive Mode Selector adds the Sport S+ mode, which activates the system.

2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

Supreme features

The UX F Sport cabin features include front sports seats made with a highly supportive integrated-foaming technique first developed for Lexus F models. 

You also get a digitally-rendered instrument metre that features a movable virtual ring inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar.

A leather-covered F Sport steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift knob, eight-inch colour display for the multimedia system, and aluminium pedals and footrest round off the interior package.

The UX 250h F Sport also offers advanced safety technology such as eight airbags: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; and front to rear side curtain airbags.

You also get Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash System (PCS),  Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and the aforementioned LED headlamps with Adaptive High-beam System (AHS).

You can choose one of three different interior trim colours: Flare Red, White or F Black. There are also nine exterior colours available. However, unique to UX F Sport is White Nova and Poseidon Blue.

2021 Lexus UX F Sport
2021 Lexus UX F Sport

2021 Lexus UX pricing and after-sales support in South Africa

The Lexus UX models retail from R745 100 for the hybrid EX grade, R824 000 for the hybrid 250h SE and R874 800 for the new hybrid F Sport.

The entire UX range boasts a seven-year or 105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan. The vehicle service intervals are at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.

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