Lexus is making a series of updates to its entry-level crossover UX for the 2023 model year. Now only available with a hybrid powertrain, the soft-roader gets a better infotainment system, updated steering and suspension, and more robust safety features.

The move to a hybrid-only lineup brings a new name: UXh. This isn’t the only change you’ll find if you open (or download) the booklet. Buyers can choose from a pair of option packages called F Sport Design and F Sport Handling. The former focuses primarily on looks and equipment. It adds F Sport wheels, a specific grille, painted wheel arch flares, darkened roof rails, black roof panels, sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, cornering lights and auto-leveling headlights. Inside, the F Sport-specific parts list includes front sports seats, steering wheel, gear selector, instrument panel and pedals. The latter goes a step further with performance-tuned dampers, an active variable suspension system and steering gear mounts. We are told that these changes significantly improve the processing power of UXh.

Even if you choose not to tick either box, the 2023 UXh should be better and quieter than the 2022 UX. Lexus notes that it recalibrated the steering and suspension systems and, interestingly, added 20 spot welds to the body to improve structural rigidity.

Inside, the most significant changes for 2023 are related to infotainment. The UXh gets the Lexus Interface infotainment system already found in some other models in the range, like the NX. It’s displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen with anti-glare technology (with an optional 12.3-inch unit) and brings a redesigned center console, a larger wireless device charger, and a pair of USB charging ports.

By 2023, regardless of trim level, every UXh comes standard with the Lexus Safety System + 2.5 Driver Assistance Package. The package includes a pre-collision system, emergency steering assist, lane-tracing assist and adaptive cruise control. Lexus notes that the response range of the pre-collision system has been expanded with better hardware, and artificial intelligence has helped it improve lane-following assist.

Lexus dealerships across the country will begin receiving the 2023 UXh in late summer 2022. Pricing information has not been released.

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