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Lexus UX gets Black Line treatment for 2021

The 2021 Lexus UX BLack Line Special Edition takes design notes from other members from the Black Line family

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Lexus is adding another member to the Black Line Special Edition lineup. The 2021 Lexus UX will receive the treatment, which includes blacked out design elements that were added based on feedback from dealers and buyers.

Based on the UX Hybrid, the 2021 Lexus UX 250h Black Line Special Edition comes in the buyer’s choice of three colors: Eminent White Pearl, Caviar, and new Grecian Water. The color carries to the overfenders, extending the look all the way down the wheel well.

The subcompact SUV rides on 18-inch wheels that are finished in black and have black lug nuts. Black grille surround, blackened headlamps, black side mirrors, and black roof rails complete the look on the exterior of the UX 250h.

2021 Lexus UX 250h Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus UX 250h Black Line Special Edition

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Lexus buyers can select their UX 250h Black Line Special Edition with either Black or Birch-colored NuLuxe-trimmed seats with blue accents. Blue seatbelts are standard.

The list of standard features also includes color contrast floor and cargo mats and black and blue key gloves.

Lexus has added technology from the UX 250h Premium to the new model to give it a rear power lift gate with kick sensor, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming inside mirror, windshield de-icer, wireless charger, and parking asssit technology.

Each Black Line Special Edition series model gets a Zero Halliburton two-piece luggage set that has been made exclusively for Lexus. The Edge Lightweight Collection for Lexus include a chrome logo badge laser etched with “Zero Halliburton for Lexus”, interior lining featuring a Lexus grille motif, and a Lexus embossed leather logo badge. The custom Lexus Black Line Zero Halliburton luggage set includes an Edge Lightweight 22" International Carry-on and a 26" Continental travel case. Travel cases will be sent to guests at the address of their choice.

Lexus will only produce 1,000 2021 Lexus UX 250h Black Line Special Edition Models. It iis expected to be available in spring of 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to launch timing.

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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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