It is the first battery-electric model from Lexus, the brand which has been the established premium market leader in self-charging hybrid electric vehicles for more than 15 years.
Reservations are being accepted and the first details about the new UX 300e are available here. Indicative pricing has been announced, starting at £43,900 for the UX grade model.
Customers can also specify either of two option packs: Premium Plus, taking the anticipated price to £47,400, and Takumi, at £53,500. Confirmed prices will be announced in October, from when customers will be able to place orders for the new model.
The UX 300e will be sold in just one specification, but two option packs are available: Premium Plus, which bumps the price up to £47,400, and Takumi, which adds another £6100 and therefore exceeds the cut-off for the grant.
Standard features include automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, parking sensors, a reversing camera, 17in alloy wheels, and smartphone integration.
Premium Plus adds leather seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, keyless entry, and a wireless smartphone charger, while top-rung Takumi includes an upgraded sound system, a larger (10.3in) infotainment screen, a 360deg camera, 18in alloys, and a sunroof.
Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: “Anticipation has been high for the arrival of the UX 300e, the first production model in our Lexus Electrified global vision for creating high-quality cars that deliver the low emissions benefits of electric power together with strong performance and genuinely rewarding driving experience.
“Lexus has unparalleled experience in electrified vehicle technology, having been a pioneer in the global premium market since the launch of the RX 400h SUV in 2004, the world’s first luxury hybrid. We will continue to develop the performance of our self-charging hybrid technology, offering our extensive range of models alongside new, all-electric vehicles, led by the new UX 300e.”
The UX 300e is offered in a single equipment grade, UX, but with option packs, customers can select to raise the specification of their vehicle. Key standard features include Lexus Safety System+, Bi-LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, heated, power-adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, illuminated entry, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), power steering wheel adjustment, automatic wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, and aluminum roof rails.
Additional items provided in the Premium Plus Pack include smooth leather seat upholstery, heated steering wheel, additional ventilation function on the front seats, heated outer rear seats, smart keyless entry, wireless smartphone charger, card key, and illuminated door handles with puddle lights.
The UX 300e is powered by a 150kW electric motor and is equipped with a 54.3kW/h lithium-ion battery. The system produces a maximum 300 Nm of torque and enables acceleration from rest to 62mph in 7.5 seconds**. The driving range on a full charge is expected to be up to 196 miles**. Using a 50kW DC charger, an 80 percent charge should take 52 minutes** to complete. Connection using a dedicated domestic AC charger should allow a full recharge in eight hours.