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Recaro Automotive Seating and Skip Barber Racing School Announce Partnership

Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) aim at providing the highest level of safety, performance and racing trainings. This includes the unique characteristics of Recaro performance seats: They help drivers sensing the limits of a vehicle on the track or in critical situations on public roads.

Besides the steering wheel, the seat is the most important link between a driver and a car. Through their body-hugging contour, Recaro seats provide a great deal of body support even with high lateral forces and their direct feedback provide incomparable, dynamic driving pleasure without signs of fatigue. During Skip Barber Racing School’s training sessions, Recaro Pole Position, Pro Racer, and Profi performance seats will enhance the driving experience. They will be installed in the fleet of race prepared Ford Mustang GTs operated by SBRS.

“Skip Barber Racing School and Recaro share a passion for high performance driving. For decades, both renowned brands have been perfecting their abilities to test, train – and re-define – the limits. As leading brands in the field of high-performance driving, our aim is to create intense driving experiences,” said Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “We believe that the psychology of performance driving starts with the correct, relaxed seating posture. Thus, we are thrilled about our cooperation and to bring our Recaro seats to SBRS.”

“We are proud to provide our students at Skip Barber Racing School with the highest quality racing and driving experience,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of Skip Barber Racing School. “By incorporating Recaro seats in our race prepared vehicle lineup, we strive to further develop the skillset of current and future racers, safely and successfully.”

This partnership builds on both brand’s years of automotive and racing expertise. Founded in 1906 as “Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter,” Recaro has provided top-quality OEM as well as aftermarket race and performance seats since 1965. The brand’s seats are widely considered ‘the heart of driving’, and are representative of Recaro’s focus on safety, design, ergonomics, lightweight construction, and first-class quality. Skip Barber Racing School was founded in 1975 and serves as one of the largest auto racing schools in the world, operating a full system of racing and driving schools, championships, as well as corporate and OEM events.

Both Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School work with a number of auto racing teams and drivers. 30 percent of all drivers on the starting grid for the Indianapolis 500 for the last 25 years are Skip Barber graduates including Alexander Rossi, Ryan-Hunter Ray, Spencer Pigot, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti.

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Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport 

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky × Shelby Barbour

”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.

Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.

Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!

Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.

Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.

Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.

In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.

Pre-order here.

Supercar-inspired Design in this Classic British Defender 110

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for its prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, built its latest Defender 110 with design inspiration from modern supercars.
The custom wide-body Defender 110, also known as Project Soho, was designed with inspiration from the client’s collection of modern supercars. It’s finished in Quantum Gray, an Audi original color, but in an eggshell finish chosen by the client for a more exotic look.

There’s no shortage of power in Project Soho which features a 6.2L V8 engine that has been tuned to produce up to 565 horsepower. Adding to the modern dimension of this custom British icon, is the edition of E.C.D’s fully adjustable air suspension, providing an ultra-smooth ride, making it ideal for comfortable daily use. The difference in ride quality between the standard suspension and the air suspension is unmistakable. The interior of Project Soho was designed with elements influenced by McLaren. Luxurious Alcantara suede and premium Italian leather throughout. The Corbeau RRS seats are upholstered in Spinneybeck Prime Meridian Grey leather and grey suede with Carmen Red leather trim. The finished look reminds you of the interior of the elite 720S supercar.

“You could think that grey suede and red leather shouldn’t be in a Defender. I think when you see Project Soho, the opinion changes. It’s an absolute showstopper,” says Tom Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

Project Soho Vehicle Specifications:

Model — Custom Wide-body Defender 110
Engine — 6.2L LS3 V8 with 565-hp
Transmission -— 6-speed automatic
Suspension — E.C.D fully adjustable air suspension
Exhaust — Borla Performance with Kahn Crosshair tips

Paint

Body — Quantum Grey in eggshell finish
Roof, Hood, Wheel spats — Black in eggshell finish
Brake Calipers — Red in full gloss

Exterior

Wheels — 20” Kahn Mondial wheels
Tires — BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A
Grille — Kahn X-lander grille
Bumper — Slimline front bumper with LED daytime running lights
Lights — LED headlights; Two 7” LED bar lights
Additional — Full-length side steps; KBX wing-tops; Steering guard; Boomerang Xtreme tire cover; Swing-away wheel carrier

Interior

Front & Middle-row Seats — Corbeau RRS (heated & ventilated)
Load-area Seats — Removable bench pads
Seat Material — Leather, Suede
Suede Color — Alcantara Black
Leather Colors — Spinneybeck Prime Meridian; Spinneybeck Sabrina Carmen
Stitch Color — Scarlet Red
Seat belts — Flame Red
Center Console — Custom E.C.D extended center console
Steering Wheel — Nardi Deep Corn in black suede with red stitching
Gauges — Autocross gauges in red

Audio & Electronics

Radio — Alpine infotainment with Car Play
Speakers — JL Audio 8-speaker amplified sound system with subwoofer
Remote Start System — Viper with keyless entry
Additional — Wireless charging for mobile devices; Rear AC; in-vehicle WiFi; LED interior; Power windows; Power locks

View Project Soho automative design video here

Visit E.C.D website for the Project Soho showcase

RECARO SPORTSTER GT

The Sportster GT has a new exclusive new victory design – the sleek, lightweight shell fits perfectly into smart interiors and combines the very best of sports and purebred racing seats.

It features a sleek backrest and uses advanced performance materials ranging from high-grade leather to sport cloth. The hybrid seat design incorporates the strength of a metal base with an ultra-thin reinforced polymer-based backrest. The Sportster GT’s lightweight structure provides RECARO’s world-renowned performance ergonomics and excellent body support. It also features new performance foam materials to ensure that the look and feel meets the on-road performance. It has:

  • Integrated headrests
  • Belt pass-throughs and pronounced bolstering reminiscent of racing seats
  • Will be offered in five options: black cloth, three suede options (red, blue and cloud gray) plus a premium leather and carbon weave fabric

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Automotive Exhibition and Competition

Dreams May Come: Las Vegas Gears Up for the Inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Automotive Exhibition and Competition

View and honor spectacular automobiles from around the world as they cruise into the Entertainment Capital of the World from Oct. 25 through Oct. 28; See the 1938 Phantom Corsair, the inaugural featured Marque car.

With a long-standing history dating back to 17th-century France, Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigious automotive exhibition events in existence. This October, the City of Las Vegas, also known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, will revitalize this historical car show in true Las Vegas style with the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance(LVCE). The highly-anticipated, luxury automotive experience will be presented from Friday, Oct. 25 through Monday, Oct. 28 and will feature four consecutive days of captivating, lavish events, honoring remarkable cars of the past, present and some of the most daring automobile concepts of the future.

“I’ve been a lover of automobiles my entire life and bringing this event to the Entertainment Capital of the World has been a dream of mine. Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance will present an exquisite display of design and craftsmanship married with the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas as the backdrop,” said Stuart Sobek, Founder and Chairman of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. “It will truly be unique in every way, featuring some of the world’s finest automobiles, a Tour d’Elegance down the famous Las Vegas Strip, a celebrity golf tournament and much more.”

This year’s feature Marque car, from the Class “Dream Cars of 1930’s” will be the alluring Phantom Corsair. Created in 1938, this dream car was regarded as ahead of its time and has been turning heads ever since with its spaceship-like body. On loan from the National Automobile Museum, Reno, the Phantom Corsair can be viewed at Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance in person on Oct. 26 only at DragonRidge Golf Club at MacDonald Highlands.

Opening Night Gala, Oct. 25

The Opening Night Gala on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic will be a luxurious extravaganza with exciting entertainment and Michelin-rated cuisine presented by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Automotive Exhibition and Competition, Oct. 26

On Saturday, the 18th hole of the exclusive DragonRidge Golf Club will exhibit an amazing collection of rare and unique automobiles from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The event consists of nearly 30 judged, non-judged and contemporary classes including the featured Marque, Designer Dream Cars of the 1930’s, European Post-war Touring/Luxury, American Muscle, Rat Pack Class, Concept Cars, and many more. For a full list of classes visit lasvegasconcours.com/classes.

Best of Show winners and standouts will be awarded the coveted Helene Award™ statuette, in honor of the first lady of automotive design, Helene Rother. The inaugural Helene Awards™ will be presented to deserving innovators throughout the automotive industry for outstanding achievement in the design, development and future of the automobile.

Rush Hour: Tour d’Elegance down The Strip, Oct. 27

Watch an amazing spectacle on Sunday morning as the Concours cruise down the Las Vegas Strip and reconvene at the famed Fountains of Bellagio.

LVCE Celebrity Golf Tournament, Oct. 28

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance concludes with the LVCE Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 28. An exciting day of golf, food, drink and camaraderie, the tournament will take place at the DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands, internationally recognized as one of the finest luxury communities in the world. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be given to the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund.

For additional event information, to buy tickets, or to apply for entry, please visit lasvegasconcours.com.

ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

In the inaugural year, the 2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance brings the historic automobile show to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance exhibits nearly 30 classes of rare and unique automobiles from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious locations including, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands and the iconic Las Vegas Blvd. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund.

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Rolls-Royce New Head of Design

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD OF DESIGN

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that Jozef Kabaň has been appointed Head of Design. Kabaň, 46, is an experienced and talented designer, having spent the majority of his career at a senior level in automotive design. Kabaň joins Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the BMW Group where he has been Head of Design Studio BMW since 2017.

Passionate about car design and art from an early age, and with an obsession for detail, Kabaň completed his studies in Bratislava and London, concluding with a Master of Art in Car Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Aged just 20, Kabaň was one of the youngest ever designers to join the VW Group. He progressed rapidly, and in 1998 he was awarded project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, for which he designed the exterior. He gained global recognition for the design, demonstrating his ability, even at this early stage in his career, to combine the automotive world with those of luxury and art.  

His success led to a desire to continue broadening his experience in the automotive field, leading to Head of Exterior roles, first at Audi AG and then Skoda Auto. At Skoda he was recognized for revolutionizing the manufacturer’s design ethos, significantly influencing the design and emotionality of the brand through a broad range of models. Throughout this period of his career he also maintained design responsibility for small volume projects, including limited and special editions and show cars.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to announce that Jozef Kabaň has been appointed Head of Design. He is an exceptionally talented designer with a strong track record and a wide breadth of ability. It is testament to the success of our business that, as the world’s leading luxury house, we are able to attract the world’s very best design talent.” He continued, “This is an exciting time for our brand and I look forward to welcoming Jozef to the Rolls-Royce family.”

Adrian van Hooydonk, Chief Designer, BMW Group, commented, “The Rolls-Royce Design Team creates outstanding motor cars and luxury objects. I am convinced that Jozef Kabaňwill guide this phenomenal team into a very bright future indeed.”

Kabaň is married with a daughter and a son and will be based at the company’s design studios in Goodwood, West Sussex and Munich.

 

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E.C.D. AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN COMPLETES WIDE-BODY DEFENDER 110, ONE OF THE FASTEST THE COMPANY HAS BUILT TO DATE

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed one of the fastest Defender 110’s the company has ever built.

The custom wide-body Defender 110, named Project Camper, is finished in a beautiful Rosello Red gloss paint. The color is quite stunning, appearing to move from a bright red to an almost-black finish depending on where the truck is and what time of day it is. It’s a color option available on several of the newer Land Rover models.

Project Camper is powered by an upgraded 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine producing 565-horsepower and paired with a dual exhaust system from Borla Performance. The owner of this Defender 110 chose not to have a roll cage installed, which significantly reduces the weight of the truck in comparison to builds with the roll-cage. The result is apparent when accelerating in Project Camper, a pure put-you-back-in-your-seat feeling, making this custom Defender 110 one of the quickest trucks E.C.D. Automotive Design has built to date.

The interior of Project Camper features beautiful ivory-white leather and suede throughout. It provides a stark contrast to the dark exterior. The front and middle-row seats are heated and ventilated Corbeau Trailcat seats while the rear loading area features four inward-facing jump seats. The white and black interior

“The weight reduction in comparison to our other builds, paired with the upgraded LS3, makes this D110 one of the quickest trucks we’ve ever built to date,” says Tom Humble, founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

E.C.D. Automotive Design remains a leader in producing custom British classics that feature a culmination of new technology, high-end luxury, and performance.

Hamlin & Associates Names Eric C. Shepherd as President

Hamlin & Associates has announced the immediate appointment of Eric C. Shepherd as company president.

Shepherd joins Hamlin & Associates with an extensive automotive background, successfully leading organizations in advertising and retail operations along with OEM executive experience, including three years as President, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America.

“Eric’s background is so unique, starting on the advertising agency side, to working with Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce on the OEM side, then running retail dealerships. He brings such depth and strength to our organization and will lead us into a tremendous growth period,” said John Hamlin, Founder and CEO, Hamlin & Associates.

“I can’t wait to push Hamlin & Associates to new heights. John’s commitment to growth and the investment he has put in, including a multi-million dollar renovation project for a new company headquarters, was a key driver for me to join the organization,” said Shepherd. “We share a common vision for our growth and are excited to quickly move the company into expanding areas of opportunity.” In an industry so often focused on one-size-fits-all marketing, Mr. Shepherd adds a vast breadth of insight on how to match a brand offering with consumer demand.  He has an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience on both the OEM and retail side, ranging from the best volume brands to the most exclusive brands in the world serving ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

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COROLLA HATCHBACK

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback makes a design comeback, leaving a lasting impression with innovative upgrades and engineering. SE base model starts at $21,000 and the XSE somewhere in the ballpark of $24,000. Our midnight black souped-up model’s MSRP is around $27,000 and is fully stocked with 18-inch wheels alongside a massive back spoiler to add drama. With every pen stroke, the architects produced a dynamic, athletic yet sophisticated vehicle. The world’s best-selling car just got remixed. So, we promptly accepted the manufacturer’s offer to road trip it to Vegas to check out our favorite pop stars Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, and Pitbull at the JBL Fest hosted by special guest Quincy Jones.

Different from former models, this version possesses a longer wheelbase. The black mesh honeycomb grille, emphasizes the evolution of the Corolla and its increased width. To provide better forward visibility, the hood is constructed to sit two inches lower than earlier. The rounded physique makes a simple, yet powerful three-dimensional landscape that is comfortable and pleasing to drive. Moreover, the interior quality is more delicate and stylish. The XSE stitching on dash and door is bold and fashion-forward. Thus, when we pulled up to the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino all eyes were on us. Furthermore, the hatchback has technologically advanced features: three-door Smart Key system; Apple CarPlay; Amazon’s Alexa and 8-inch touch display screen. Other amenities include an 8-speaker JBL audio system (excellent for fist-pumping), 2 USB ports and a single-zone automatic climate control; a leather shift knob and paddle shifters behind the steering rack.

The Safety Sense 2.0 includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian, cyclist and roadside detection as well as dynamic cruise control and lane departure alerts. Alarms are popular amongst users, who enjoy a visual alert on infotainment screen and then a ringing alert if detection becomes more fatal. Seats empower comfort with updated cushioning which minimizes fatigue and also are great for cornering while in Sport Mode. Ideal access to the steering wheel, pedals, and gear shift are available with power adjustable seat.

The new fuel-efficient TNGA 2.0 liter four-cylinder, six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) makes it easier to maneuver on highways. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) at an additional $1,100 includes more power and miles per gallon. The CVT simplifies the stop and go action, boosts fuel economy and makes blind spot monitoring available.

While both SE and XSE receive LED headlamps/taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels, the XSE is more distinctive. The SE sports 16-inch wheels while XSE rocks 18-inch wheels (with a 33 mpg). Additional features include LED fog lights; chrome grille surround and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). AFS matches the vehicle velocity and steering angle for the correct distribution of light – great for some of the darker strips in downtown Las Vegas. Behind the steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) which displays vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings: Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Blind Spot Monitor.

The sport-tuned suspension paired with rallycross looks and Toyota technology makes the Corolla Hatchback perfect for buyers seeking an easy, affordable drive.

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LEXUS UX

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 Magazine had the opportunity to join Lexus in Seattle for an intimate ride and drive of their wholly-new UX SUV at the newly reimagined luxurious Loews Hotel 1000. This seaport city is home to both tech giants Microsoft and Amazon. With Lexus’s innovative track record for having unparalleled technology within their cabin, it was befitting that they brought us to the home of the Space Needle. Subsequently, this town is known to think outside of the box.

The 2019 Lexus UX takes a step into the future of modern luxury with its two most affordable and compact SUVs – the UX 200 and UX 250h. UX stands for urban crossover (x-over). The UX 200 will be released in December 2018 starting at $32,000 and the UX 250h will be released in January 2019 for around $34,000. Gearing towards an opulent compact car with an exterior design so specific, the UX has a signature three-dimensional shape that makes it different from its siblings.

The front has brow-shaped LED lights with optional ultra-small 3-projector LED units. Across the back of the boot, are an innovative wrap of three-dimensional LED lights which help with stability on the highways – a standout design element on the UX. The structure is built to mold into an everyday vehicle that is stable, perfect for urban use because it’s small and easy to park. We had no problem squeezing to the front of the Bainbridge ferry.

The 18″ 5-spoke aluminum alloy dark gray metallic wheels are proportional to the overall aesthetics of the vehicle. Available in a variety of twelve exterior colors, two of which are exclusive to the UX F Sport – Cadmium Orange and Nori Green. The Cadmium Orange includes a cherry base with yellow lowlights, making it appear vivid and adding tons of depth. Nori Green possesses bright highlights and dark contrast alongside of calm shades, drawing the color brilliant. Both of these colors are newfangled and daring for the Lexus brand.

The F Sport package is available in both the UX 200 and UX 250h model as well as has enhanced features and style which contributes to its name. This option comes in the two colors – Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0. The F Sport performance is exceptional, transforming the UX into a bespoke-like designer car with front sports seats, grille design, and jet-black trim.

The concept of UX stems from the versatility and adaptability this vehicle offers. With a seamless interior coupled with the Japanese concept of engawa offers a richer field of vision. Executed with a high-strength structure, placement of sound absorbing and insulating materials throughout, one can enjoy an extremely quiet ride.

The connection between driver and the vehicle is apparent with the “seat-in-control” concept. Entering and exiting is made easy with hip-point bottom cushions. 8-way power driver seats (including lunbar) allows the driver to operate with a comfortable yet natural posture.

All UX models are fabricated to ensure safety while driving. The Pre-Collision System alerts drivers of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles with a forward-facing camera and radar system. The LSS+ 2.0 system enhances this with specific light detection for different hours of the day. If the Pre-Collision System detects a high possibility of collision, an audio and visual alert will prompt the driver to take action. If the driver does not break at that point, the system may automatically apply brakes to help mitigate impacts. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control maintains a preset distance and operates between 0 to 110 mph. The Lane Departure Alert is extremely helpful with the Multi-Information Display (MID) the system can use forward-facing cameras to detect colored land marking illustrations. If the driver deviates from a visibly marked lane, the system alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert. In addition, the UX has an Electric Power Steering and Steering Assist. The Road Sign Assist can read a variety of traffic signs and will display them on the vehicle’s MID. Furthermore, Parking Support Brake uses braking control and visual warnings to reduce possible contact with moving objects while parking.

This Lexus is extraordinary with its high definition, intuitive technology, and overall performance. The UX includes a standard 7″ TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD control panel while the UX F Sport features an 8″ TFT LCD panel design with a movable meter ring. By pressing a switch on the steering wheel, it moves to the right, enlarging the multi-information display. With the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, the 2019 UX feels as familiar as a smartphone. The most impressive tech feature is Amazon’s “Alexa” – which immediately connects you to play music; find directions; open your garage door on a rainy day; lock/unlock from a smart device and amongst other things control the lights in your home. The Lincoln Navigator is the only other vehicle in Northern America which offers Alexa. Moreover, additional driver connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, 4GB Wi-Fi Hotspot, Voice recognition for commands and the SiriusXM. The heads-up display allows drivers to focus more on the road and less on the infotainment unit.

The UX complies with the global trend of efficient gas mileage vehicles – UX 200 at 33 mpg (2.0- liter inline four-cylinder engine, similar to competitors but with less under-hood heat and lower weight for better vehicle balance). The UX 250h at 39 mpg, making it the wave of their next generation of hybrids. With 181 hp, the UX 250h is the fuel-efficient leader with the best-combined mpg of any CUV and/or SUV without a plugin NA.

In short, the Lexus UX 200 and UX 250h is a shoo-in for a ‘xennial’ buyer – a person who grew up in an analog environment and can easily adapt to present-day’s digital society. Just think of all of your friends and family members with a recent graduate degree or higher residing in a metropolis. Most likely they have a high appreciation for the arts and take local trips within their surrounding area with one or more cronies and a small lap dog in tow.