Lexus’ first electric car will be available in two variants when it launches here in November 2021.
The 2022 Lexus UX300e will be available in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades, missing out on the sporty-looking F Sport trim.
Lexus will release pricing closer to the UX300e’s launch, along with information about charging and the UX’s ownership package.
Rival luxury brands like Audi and BMW, for example, offer free charging through the Chargefox network.
It’s not yet clear whether Lexus will follow suit with a similar offer, but Lexus says the ownership package “will set a new standard for BEVs”.
The UX300e’s battery is covered in some markets by a 10-year, 1 million-kilometre warranty, the longest in the industry.
Pricing isn’t yet known, though currently the priciest UX is the UX250h F Sport with Enhancement Pack 3 added. It rings up at $69,700 before on-road costs.
The UX300e uses a front-mounted electric motor with 150kW of power, 300Nm of torque, and a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds. That makes it the most powerful and the fastest member of the UX family.
Claimed electric range is 360km on the NEDC test cycle, less than the Mercedes-Benz EQA and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric even under the stricter WLTP test cycles (426km and 418km, respectively).
For reference, those models start at $76,800 and $76,990 before on-roads.
A 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the cabin floor, and Lexus says it has been integrated into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity.
Other modifications include ventilated rear disc brakes, grille shutters, underbody covers, and additional noise insulation materials around the tyres, fenders and electric motor
The Sports Luxury also includes acoustic front-side glass.
The UX300e uses a bespoke suspension tune, including a multi-link independent rear suspension with greater arm rigidity and optimised bushes. Lexus says it has also strengthened the steering gearbox mount and front suspension member.
While the UX300e will be available in the familiar Luxury and Sports Luxury grades, it offers more kit over the petrol UX200 and hybrid UX250h.
The UX300e Luxury, for example, gains ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, features not available on the petrol and hybrid Luxury variants. It also wears unique 17-inch alloy wheels.
Standard equipment on the UX300e Luxury includes:
- 10.3-inch infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- DAB+ digital radio
- Wireless phone charging
- 7.0-inch driver information screen
- LED headlights and fog lights
- Keyless entry and start
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Rear privacy glass
- Power-adjustable steering column
- Eight-way power front seats
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated outboard rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
- Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection
- All-speed adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane trace assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- Automatic high-beam
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Eight airbags
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Black or Rich Cream interior colourways
The Sports Luxury brings:
- Black, Rich Cream, White Ash, Ochre or Zephyr Blue interior colourways
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Acoustic front-side glass
- Tri-beam LED headlights
- Adaptive high-beam
- Colour head-up display
- Surround-view camera
- 3D-look front air vent illumination
It also features interior trim inspired by Washi, a type of Japanese paper most commonly known for its application on shoji sliding doors, which is available in black, brown or cobalt blue hues.
It also gains ‘high-grade’ leather-accented seats with ‘Sashiko’ quilting and ‘high-grade’ finishes for the door garnish, instrument panel cluster, and centre console bin lid.
All UX300e models gain a new transmission shifter with leather and satin chrome trim.
There’s a new colour called Sonic Chrome, joining the existing Sonic Quartz, Mercury Grey, Titanium, Onyx, Graphite Black, Caliente, Carnelian, Khaki Metal and Celestial Blue.
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