The first all-electric Lexus, based on the UX compact urban SUV, leverages the company’s 15 years of market leadership in manufacturing electrified hybrid cars. It provides a driving experience that is both near-silent and razor-sharp.
With the UX 300e, Lexus takes its electrification vision to the next level. But, first and foremost, this is a Lexus: nothing has been overlooked. This first Lexus BEV (battery electric vehicle) delivers exceptional craftsmanship, build quality, comfort, and quietness. By studying BEV noise patterns, the development team was able to take specific measures, such as fitting bespoke tyres and wheel arch liners that reduce the noise of gravel spatter and water, to significantly reduce in-cabin noise.
No detail was too small, even the shift selector has been shaped by hand.
“Fun” was also high on Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe’s list of priorities, resulting in dynamic yet extremely refined driving quality. This is mainly due to the car’s low centre of gravity, a fundamental characteristic of the UX’s GA-C platform, reinforced in this case by the battery being located beneath the vehicle body and electric motor being set low in the engine bay. The UX 300e also has its own suspension and steering, featuring elements of Lexus’s Advanced Posture Control, which was showcased on the LF30 Electrified concept presented at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
The UX 300e welcomes owners with a unique Lexus ownership experience, unmatched by any other BEV in the premium market. This omotenashi approach to customer care, drawing on the finest traditions of Japanese hospitality and service, means for example giving customers multiple charging options: at home with a Lexus charging station, or on the move with the full-service Lexus Charging Network, developed with Digital Charging Solutions GmBH, a leader in the field of seamless and convenient digital charging. When fully rolled out, this service will give access to Europe’s largest public charging network, comprising around 160,000 charging stations. This can be accessed using the Lexus Link connectivity app, created to complement the brand’s omotenashi customer-centric service philosophy.
The new model qualifies for a zero percent benefit-in-kind rate for 2020/2021 and just one percent in 2021/2022. With no CO2 emissions, there is also no Vehicle Excise Duty to pay.
Notably, the UX 300e is currently the only premium SUV that meets the eligibility criteria for the £3,000 plug-in vehicle grant from OLEV, the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Any grant would be subject to an application for funding and funding is available at the time the customer places their order.
|MODEL||OTR PRICD||OTR PRICE WITH OLEV GRANT|
|UX 300e with Premium Plus Pack||£47,400||£44,400|
|UX 300e with Takumi Pack||53,500||£50.500|