The electric Lexus UX300e has been updated ahead of its 2023 launch, headlined by a much larger battery pack that offers a significantly extended driving range.
The MY23 model has a 72.8kWh battery, up from the old 54.4kWh pack, extending the driving range from 315km to 450km as confirmed in WLTP testing.
The electric motor remains the same as before, producing 150kW of power and 300Nm of torque.
The battery isn’t the UX300e’s only update, with other changes better suited to the upgraded petrol and UX hybrid family. details in Augustand on sale right now.
Improvements include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen in place of the old 10.3-inch non-touch setup, the addition of a USB-C port, and a new multimedia system.
The designers also reconfigured the shape and switch layout of the panel and panel area, and increased the area of the wireless smartphone charging dock.
The new operating system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, and has a data communication module available with an internet connection. The combination of cloud-based and natural satellite positioning means that the system can receive traffic and parking information in real time.
The new natural speech recognition means users can say “Hey Lexus” to handle functions like opening and closing windows or changing songs.
DCM also enables Lexus Connected Services, which enables over-the-air updates. Other services include automatic notification in the event of a collision or theft, app-based unlocking and starting of the vehicle, remote climate control and battery health checks.
The Lexus safety system + driver assistance system also has some tweaks, junction AEB selection, automatic deceleration in corners using adaptive cruise control and a tweaked version of the function. lane centering function Lane warning.
The Sports Luxury class features an enhanced 360-degree camera with a new floor view.
As with MY23 Lexus UX200 and UX250h, the UX300e has a reinforced chassis with engineers adding 20 spot welds all over the body for greater torsional stiffness. The electronic power steering system, shock absorbers and brakes have also been modified.
Full pricing and specs will be announced closer to the on-sale date, only listed as 2023 at this stage.
The How much is the Lexus UX300e? $74,000 (Luxury) and $81,000 (Luxury Sport), but with a larger battery, we’ll reserve some price hikes.
UX300e EV sold slowly for Lexus, reaching 63 sales at the beginning of the year compared to 403 hybrid cars.