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Motor Trend Reviews the Lexus UX Crossover

Lexus UX Review Motor Trend

The folks at Motor Trend are not sold on the Lexus UX crossover, turning in a lukewarm review with a harsh final judgment:

In public, the 2019 Lexus UX stands out, especially in F Sport guise with its blacked-out grille and large faux air intakes in the lower front fascia. Taillights with integrated fins create a distinctive look, especially with the full-width LED light strip. The available triple-beam LED headlights provide the full predator effect.

With both of our testers checking in at just over $40,000, you have to be completely sold on the Lexus’ curb appeal, unique interior design, or the hybrid’s superior fuel economy to get a UX. Young, tech-savvy consumers who expect everything to seamlessly integrate with their lives will find it hard to overlook the UX’s poor packaging, frustrating driver assists, and complicated infotainment system.

Lexus Announces ES Sedan Recall for Driver Knee Airbag Issue

Lexus ES Recall

Lexus has announced a recall for certain 2019 model year ES sedans in the United States due to an issue with the driver knee airbag. From the announcement:

During vehicle assembly, it is possible that the driver knee airbag may have not been properly fastened to the instrument panel. This could have an effect on the knee airbag deployment that can increase the risk of injury during a crash.

For all involved vehicles, Lexus dealers will inspect the driver knee airbag assembly and replace the part at no cost to the customer. Approximately 560 vehicles are involved in this recall, and Lexus will begin to notify owners by late April 2019.

Video: Lexus Profiles GX Owner Dan Kunz

Lexus GX Owner profile

Lexus has published a video profile of GX owner Dan Kunz, the man behind the GXOR Facebook page:

(Nice to see Lexus celebrating owners that have embraced the brand, hope to see more of these profiles.)

Lexus LM Luxury Minivan to Debut at Shanghai Motor Show

Lexus MPV LM

It’s now official — Lexus will debut the LM flagship luxury minivan at the Shanghai Motor Show. From the translated Lexus China press release:

Lexus will deubt a new member of the flagship family at the 2019 Shanghai International Auto Show: the new Lexus LM world premiere of the luxury MPV. This is the fifth flagship product launched by Lexus after the flagship luxury sedan LS, the flagship luxury GT coupe LC, the full-size luxury SUV LX and the luxury yacht LY.

Lexus integrates the oriental car philosophy into the new LM, creating a new style of MPV that is connected to the minds of drivers and passengers. With exquisite craftsmanship, a comfortable ride, and a cockpit atmosphere at home, you will find a place to relax, indulge in meditation and inspire your inspiration.

The above teaser image reveals little, though adjusting the brightness does give a clear idea of the side profile:

Lexus LM Brightened

The expectation is that the LM MPV will only be available in China and East Asia, though there has been no confirmation to that effect. For Lexus to classify it as a flagship vehicle is significant, and not to be taken lightly — this could be the most opulent minivan ever released by a luxury manufacturer.

The Lexus LM luxury minivan will debut on April 16th at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Lexus RC F Track Edition Videos: The Details

Lexus RC F Track Edition

As part of the initial marketing push for the RC F Track Edition, Lexus has released four short videos focusing on the details that set it apart from the standard model: