The first examples of the all-new Lexus UX will be delivered to customers from March 2019. These owners will then be able to personally experience a vehicle with a rich vein of imaginative technology and beautiful craftsmanship.
We feel that the following seven features illustrate the lengths to which Lexus designers, engineers and master craftspeople have gone in creating the new UX.
1. The science of luxury door sounds
As the first point of contact with most vehicles, the door marks a vital introduction to luxury for all occupants. To enhance this element, Lexus acoustic engineers collaborated with neural scientists to try and understand people’s perception of the perfect door-closing sound.
Using brainwave analysis captured during the closing of car doors, the team selected bespoke materials and finely adjusted the shape of the door – sometimes by as little as one tenth of a millimetre – to produce the most satisfying and reassuring noise.
While this pleasing sound was engineered from the beginning, a further level of assurance has been built in to production. Before each new UX leaves the Kyushu plant it is sent into a dedicated quiet room facility where Lexus Takumi craftspeople check and, if necessary, adjust the door to ensure the correct closing sound is produced.
2. Sashiko stitching on leather seats
The new UX luxury compact SUV can be ordered with leather seat upholstery inspired by sashiko, a traditional Japanese stitching technique used to apply protecting quilting to judo and kendo uniforms.
As well as referencing the shape of the vehicle’s signature grille, the distinctive visual effect created by Lexus craftspeople aligns the stitching with the mathematical curves of the seat perforations and ventilation outlets. The result is a sophisticated fusion of art and functionality.
3. Wireless illuminated vent controls
Each ultra-slim air vent features a single knob to control both the direction and intensity of the airflow. On Takumi grade models, this vent control houses a wireless LED light source powered by electrical induction.
This advanced yet elegant detail not only makes the vent control visible in the dark but its three-dimensional sequence of reflections creates a comforting sense of depth that belies the relatively small size of the knob itself.
4. Sophisticated power window system
In order to complement the luxurious ambience inside the cabin, operation of the power windows is carefully controlled to reduce noise and juddering. All power windows are additionally equipped with a jam and entanglement function, which prevents items such as clothing or children’s fingers from becoming trapped.
5. Pausing windscreen wipers
The windscreen wipers of the new UX are among the most innovative of their kind. Not only is the wiper system equipped with an automatic rain sensor but has the ability to gradually slow down so as not to impair driver concentration.
Underlying the Lexus spirit of omotenashi – Japanese for hospitality and polite service – the wipers have been designed to automatically pause when a door is opened. This feature is to prevent guests entering or exiting the car from being accidentally splashed.
6. Folding luggage cover
The luggage cover provides an object lesson in the customer-centric approach Lexus takes to design. This innovative component can be folded like a net when not in use and stored in the car with a minimum of obstruction.
7. Precision-assembled tailgate
Every tailgate and tailgate opening is digitally measured at around 200 different reference points prior to assembly.
The equipment is sensitive enough to allow for minute differences in temperature and humidity. This data enables the skilled Lexus craftspeople assembling the UX to adjust each tailgate to fit exactly, ensuring it will operate perfectly for many years to come.
Learn more: Interview with Lexus UX designer
Orders for the all-new Lexus UX are currently being taken, with the first examples available from March 2019. Click this link to receive regular updates.