Lexus Teases New UX Crossover: Have Tail Fins Returned?

Lexus UX

Lexus is teasing the new UX crossover prior to its big March 6th premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, and something immediately stands out: itty-bitty tail fins. To be fair, we don’t know how much molding is actually happening in the singular photo provided by the automaker. The fins do seemed toned down compared to the earlier UX Concept vehicle — but they also look further separated from the rest of the bodywork.

Compared to a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, the Lexus’ fins could be best described as vestigial. However, they do appear to be legitimate — extending upward from the vehicle’s rear haunches in a distinctive manner. 

Does this mean the small Japanese crossover heralds a second renaissance for tail fins? Possibly. Toyota’s Prius currently has a subtle set of fins and so does the CH-R to a lesser degree. But the vehicles’ busy bodywork makes them fairly difficult to identify. The Chrysler 300 and Cadillac XTS also have a slight indentation along their backside that denotes something fin-like. But neither are bold enough to truly qualify.

Interestingly, all signs point to the UX being based on the Toyota C-HR subcompact, which uses the same TNGA modular platform underpinning the lightly finned Prius. Lexus hasn’t confirmed anything, but it’s likely the premium crossover will borrow an engine from its mainstream counterpart. As we’re not particularly fond of the C-HR’s 144-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four (paired with a CVT), we’re hoping Lexus provides a more savory powertrain option.

At any rate, the UX will help the brand round out its crossover lineup and give the Infiniti QX30 some competition. Premium crossovers are doing exceptionally well and having an affordable entry can only improve Lexus’ sales, which increased 14 percent last year against a stagnating market.

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