New Lexus UX 300e, a long-awaited upgrade brings with it a bigger battery and a price hike

Lexus updates its UX 300e electric SUV, adding a longer battery and range, but at the cost of a higher price.

Lexus has announced a long-awaited update to its all-electric urban compact crossover, the Lexus UX 300e. Among the improvements is an increase in battery capacity, resulting in a longer range. Lexus has also made a number of changes to the interior of the vehicle. All of this at a price increase.

This new version offers a range of up to 450 km ( previously 315 km), thanks to its larger 72.8 kWh battery (previously 54.3 kWh). Body rigidity has also been improved, with 20 additional welding points, according to the brand. Lexus chief engineer Mitsuteru Emoto said:

“The UX300e has achieved a significant range extension. An electric vehicle that improves on the value of its predecessor and adapts to the driver’s lifestyle. We will continue to make improvements towards achieving a carbon-neutral society.”

Another point highlighted by the brand of this update, is the improvement of the so-called ‘Lexus Safety System’ which now, in addition to detecting a possible collision with cyclists or pedestrians, is also able to avoid accidents at intersections with oncoming vehicles or pedestrians. In addition, emergency steering assistance and a new cruise control function for automatic deceleration during cornering have also been added.

Inside, the instrument panel and centre console have been upgraded and are now touch-sensitive, adding a USB A port and two USB-C ports, as well as an illuminated tray for mobile phone storage.

Deliveries of the facelifted model are scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. Of course, as we mentioned at the start, the Lexus UX 300e has been upped in price, now starting at 52,900 euros, which is a price increase of 3,000 euros for the same version sold in 2020.

For the moment, the Lexus UX 300e is the brand’s first and only all-electric vehicle, although the Lexus RZ 450e is expected to arrive soon, for which prices for Spain were previously announced. In addition, Lexus has electrification plans that were announced at the end of 2021, which promise a full range of all-electric vehicles in all segments by 2030.

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