The Lexus UX300e, the upmarket Japanese brand's first foray into the realm of all-electric vehicles, officially went on sale in China on April 26. Guiding prices of its two variants sit between RMB362,000 and RMB385,000.
The significant BEV model is built on e-TNGA, Toyota's dedicated platform from all-electric vehicles. It displays a striking resemblance to the fuel-powered UX with many familiar elements retained. For instance, the iconic Lexus spindle grille features a block-style mesh that changes shape depending on the viewing angle. Arrowhead-shaped clearance lamps located immediately above the slim LED headlamps render an aggressive front fascia.
The UX 300e still possesses a body proportion that befits a vehicle with brilliant agility. The taillight cluster stretching across the tailgate is also adopted here. At the rear, the “ELECTRIC” lettering at the rear reveals that this is a battery-only vehicle. Charging ports are located at the rear fender.
Many of unique styling cues, which have been applies in the UX's existing petrol and plug-in hybrid versions, can still be seen in the new model's interior, such as the 7-inch LCD dashboard display, the center console adorned with a 12.3-inch floating screen, the leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel and the infotainment input system called Remote Touch. Unlike the fuel-powered version, the UX 300e uses a shift-by-wire system at the center console.
The UX 300e is outfitted with the latest Lexus Safety System +, which contains Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Tracing Assist that helps drivers stay on course, Adaptive High-beam System that helps drivers recognize pedestrians and road signs more clearly at night, Road Sign Assist as well as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
With Lexus Link App, a driver can stay connected with its UX 300e, enjoying such practical functions as remote charging, remote control of air conditioning and a charging station detector. The UX300e Touch Pad allows him to control the 10.3-inch Lexus Premium Navigation and the Lexus Link.
The new BEV model is afforded with a 400km of NEDC-rated range thanks to a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Powering the vehicle is an electric motor at the front axle that pumps out 204PS and 300 N·m of almost instantaneous torque (photo source: Lexus' WeChat account).