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It can take a year or more for aftermarket hitch makers to market receiver hitches for new models ... if they ever do.  

I've bought several receiver hitches, including for Lexus LS, from etrailer but they don't yet have one for the UX.  I suppose you could contact them and ask if there is anything in the works:  https://www.etrailer.com/vehicle/2019/Lexus/UX+200

You could buy the roof rack cross rails for your UX if you don't already have them and use your choice of bike carrier attachments on them.  I've carried bikes only on hitch racks for the past 30 years but I used roof bike racks for many years before that.  As much as I dislike carrying bikes on the roof, sometimes that's the best way.  I dislike trunk/hatch mounted bike carriers even more due to the damage they can cause.    

Another possibility is to have a receiver hitch custom fabricated.  That can cost substantially more than an off-the-shelf hitch but there are numerous companies that do it.  Torklift near Seattle is one of the most well known nationally that custom fabricates hitches:  https://torkliftcentral.com/

It's not unusual that there was a tow hitch sold by Lexus dealers in the UK and Europe from the first day the UX was sold.  It's not shown on the Lexus UK website for the UX but there is also a bike carrier that fits the hitch.  Unfortunately, the UK/Europe tow hitch is not compatible with accessories for U.S. standard receiver hitches. 

For your amusement, the following Lexus UK web page shows the tow hitch and roof bike racks sold for the UX by Lexus dealers in the UK and Europe:  https://www.lexus.co.uk/car-models/ux/accessories/#choose-accessories

 

 

 

 

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Here is a response I received from Lexus 2 days ago.
 
Thank you for contacting Lexus, we regret to hear of your disappointment with not being able to add a tow-hitch on your 2019 UX 200 but do congratulate you on this purchase.
 
We are sorry; as you are correct we do not offer a tow hitch for your vehicle nor do not have any recommendations to a supplier or source that may. 
 
However, you may wish to inquire with your local Lexus dealers Parts Department to determine if they offer such a product, as our dealers may carry items that extend beyond the Genuine Lexus Parts and Accessories line. Your local Lexus dealer may be able to provide you with a referral to a company who may offer the product.
 
That being said still please be aware that Lexus recommends using only Genuine Lexus Parts and Accessories for your vehicle. Non-Genuine Lexus Parts, or any damage or failures resulting from their use, are not covered by any Lexus warranty.
 
If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
 
 
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I too am frustrated with Lexus. I ask the service department every 3-4 months about a hitch. I find it ironic that the UX was introduced as a urban adventure vehicle and yet no ability to use a hitch since none has been available since the release of the vehicle. I don’t want a roof rack; I had one  previously on a Mazda and had a vandal try to rip the bike off the roof, damaging the frame and fork of the bike and damaged my roof. 

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On 3/27/2020 at 8:02 AM, Scooter NJ said:

I too am frustrated with Lexus. I ask the service department every 3-4 months about a hitch. I find it ironic that the UX was introduced as a urban adventure vehicle and yet no ability to use a hitch since none has been available since the release of the vehicle. I don’t want a roof rack; I had one  previously on a Mazda and had a vandal try to rip the bike off the roof, damaging the frame and fork of the bike and damaged my roof. 

I would be surprised if a hitch ever becomes available from Lexus USA.  They usually supply hitches at the time a vehicle is introduced as they did with the UX in the U.K. and the NX and RX in the U.S.   Maybe an aftermarket hitch will eventually become available but the UX is selling in pretty low numbers ... only a little over 16,000 in 2019 - might not be cost effective for an aftermarket hitch company for such a low volume vehicle.  I don't like carrying bikes on a roof either but I've sometimes done it.  I carried bikes on the room of a Mercedes for 11 years since a receiver hitch wasn't available and I wasn't about to trash the trunk lid with a trunk lid mount bike rack.

I now check on hitch availability before I buy a vehicle.  I even installed a 1 1/4 inch receiver hitch on my wife's Prius so she could plug in a 2-bike rack.  I'm planning to buy a 2-seat sports car next summer for which neither a roof rack or receiver hitch is available.  Although I'll buy the car even if I can't carry bikes on it, I'm already investigating having a class I 1 1/4 inch receiver hitch fabricated for it.

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This from the Uhaul website.

Your vehicle requires a custom-built hitch

Custom-built hitch

If U-Haul doesn't have a hitch for your vehicle, nobody does!

Your vehicle requires a custom-built hitch which we will gladly fabricate for you. If you are able to bring your vehicle to our Tempe, AZ Research & Development facility we'll provide you with a free U-Haul custom trailer hitch, including free installation, and a lifetime unlimited warranty in exchange for the use of your vehicle to fabricate the trailer hitch. We'll need the vehicle for two to three days. If you are interested in this offer please complete the form below and we'll contact you to schedule your appointment. This offer is only valid until one customer per vehicle can fulfill our requirements.

So, anyone near Tempe, AZ willing to get a free hitch and make it available for all?

 

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Hi. I was able to get a custom hitch made in Orlando at http://www.ezhitchandtrailer.com/ . 
They did a great job. This is the main complaint I had with the car, other than the entertainment system layout and the cupholders. (Whoever designed this car needs to be fired.)

 

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Torklift Central <support@torkliftcentral.com> 253-854-1832 can do customized hitch for you if  live in WI.

 

What about TX? Is anyone aware of someone who can do it in Texas? Can't find anyone😡

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Just wonder how much apox. customized hitch can cost? I got quotes around $450😲 at least with installation. Could be worse?!

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1 minute ago, Kim Waddell said:

That sounds right

Never again I will buy Lexus with no mass media hitch.

Another question,  warranty will not work on a car with this customized hitch?

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2 hours ago, Ellen12 said:

Never again I will buy Lexus with no mass media hitch.

Another question,  warranty will not work on a car with this customized hitch?

Warranties are not affected by the installation of tow hitches unless it can be proved that the hitch caused the failure of a vehicle component.  

If a hitch is super important to you then it's best to verify that a hitch is available before purchasing a vehicle.

The cost of custom fabricated hitches can vary wildly.  I suggest getting several bids.  I'm going to have a class II trailer hitch fabricated for a new mid-engine Corvette C8 convertible so I can plug a bike rack into it and I won't be surprised if the total cost is well over $1,000 but that's a nit considering it's an $80,000+ car.  I will provide a detailed design to the fabricator.

 

 

 

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CHICAGOLAND UX owners who need a hitch........

I just got a custom hitch installed on my UX by Advantage Trailer.  www.advantagetrailer.com

They are just west of the city.  It was a bit expensive (about $1200) as it took 10+ hours for them to install.  Most of the cost was for labor.  They did a fantastic job.

After considering alternatives, I feel the cost was well worth it:  The Thule cross bars and 2 bike mounts would have cost me up to $1000.  Years ago I had a roof rack for the bikes and I despised it -- looks horrible, pain to load the bikes, fear of pulling into a garage and ripping the bikes off, etc.  

The Thule trunk mounted racks were also not an option:  if you read the manual, they specifically call out the Lexus NX as not compatible.  There was not info for the UX, however due to the NX and UX being similar designs I was not comfortable with this solution.

I highly recommend Advantage Trailer. Worth the price.  

 

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