Lexus has confirmed Australian specifications for the stylish and agile new UX 300e, with the luxury brand’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) combining Lexus quality and craftsmanship with UX-flagship performance and handling.
Drawing together 15 years of experience in electric motor, battery and inverter technology, the UX 300e offers EV customers unrivalled long-term expertise and the highest build quality borne from the exacting standards of the Lexus Takumi.
Uncompromising durability and fit-and-finish will also be matched by a class-leading ownership experience as part of the renowned Encore owner benefits program, set to be announced along with pricing and rapid charging information in November 2021.
The UX 300e further introduces a new standard of performance and dynamism to the luxury compact SUV model line, with a responsive powertrain delivering instant power and torque combined with a lower centre of gravity comparable to a coupe.
It will be offered in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades, bringing the total Lexus UX variant choice to 10 and providing customers with a portfolio of advanced powertrain choices: petrol UX 200, hybrid-electric UX 250h and electric UX 300e.
Even the UX 300e Luxury will feature the extremely high level of specification expected from Lexus, including heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, heated steering wheel and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.
Key highlights shared with the UX 250h Luxury (Enhancement Pack 2) include LED headlamps and foglamps, smart entry and start, power operated tailgate, a power adjustable steering column, and eight-way power adjustable front seats.
It also offers a 7.0-inch driver display, 10.3-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, DAB+ digital radio and wireless smartphone charging.
Lexus’ Safety System+ includes a pre-collision system featuring pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, all-speed radar active cruise control, lane trace assist, road sign assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking support brake with obstacle and vehicle detection.
This is in addition to a blind-spot monitor, automatic high beam, front and rear parking sensors and eight airbags.
The UX 300e Luxury can be distinguished from other Luxury-grade UX variants on the outside by unique 17-inch alloy wheels, UX 300e tailgate badging and rear-side door ELECTRIC badging.
The ultimate in style and opulence is delivered with the flagship UX 300e Sports Luxury, which is differentiated from the Luxury by 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, acoustic front-side glass and tri-beam LED headlamps with an adaptive high-beam system.
Takumi craftsmanship is further advanced with the addition of 3D-look illumination inside each front air vent bezel, as well as ornamentation inspired by Japanese paper called Washi.
Washi is a grained paper finish used on traditional shoji sliding doors found in Japanese homes, with the dashboard finish providing an authentic, textured feel.
This level of craftsmanship is complemented by the addition of a colour head-up display, panoramic view monitor, high-grade leather-accented seats, and high-grade finishes for the door garnish, instrument panel cluster and console box cover.
Every UX 300e also debuts a new transmission shift knob combining genuine leather and satin chrome plating, giving the impression of pure metal being wrapped in a smooth, supple stitched material.
A knurled finish for both the drive mode select and audio volume dials further highlights an intense focus on textural tactility combined with usability.
A striking new deep grey called Sonic Chrome has been added to the UX exterior colour palette. It joins Sonic Quartz, Mercury Grey, Titanium, Onyx, Graphite Black, Caliente, Carnelian, Khaki Metal and Celestial Blue.
The UX 300e Luxury is available with Black or Rich Cream upholstery trim. The Sports Luxury variant offers both, as well as exclusive White Ash, Ochre or a unique Zephyr Blue, that combines black, blue and light grey colours for a sportier look.
Sports Luxury-exclusive Washi trim is also available in brown, black and cobalt blue hues, while its luxurious upholstery is accentuated by Sashiko quilting that combines with geometric perforation patterns to provide additional visual quality.
The Lexus UX 300e is both the most powerful and the fastest UX, with an electric motor delivering 150kW of power and 300Nm of instant torque. It can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 7.5 seconds.
Special sound deadening measures have been employed as well, with additional noise insulation materials fitted around the tyres, fender panels and electric motor unit to create an even quieter cabin.
The UX 300e Sports Luxury moves refinement to a maximum level with acoustic front-side glass. The 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery package is strategically placed under the vehicle floor, lowering the centre of gravity.
This is helped by a front-axle-mounted electric motor that is placed much lower in the engine bay and weighs approximately half the weight of a conventional petrol engine. The removal of exhaust hardware enabled the boot floor to be lowered as well.
This provides 11-litres of underfloor volume for neat charging cable storage. The battery pack has been integrated into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity. Further strength has been applied to the steering gearbox mount and front suspension member.
This forms part of a UX 300e-exclusive suspension system featuring front and rear performance dampers (bracing), a hollow stabiliser bar and shock absorber tuning specific to 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The multi-link independent rear suspension delivers a rewarding blend of ride comfort and handling balance. The UX 300e also upgrades to ventilated rear disc brakes for the first time on a UX, matching the ventilated front disc brakes.
Regenerative braking can be adjusted via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, with four levels available to dial in a degree of slight braking force when the accelerator is lifted that best suits driver preferences.
The standard 7.0-inch colour driver display also now features EV-specific information such as the selected regenerative braking strength. It has a driving range of 360km, with several EV-specific aids.
These include grille shutters, underbody covers and aerodynamically optimised wheels to help maximise distance. Further details on the Lexus UX 300e will be revealed closer to its launch in November.