Lexus has announced the global debut of the new UX 300e, a refreshed version of its first battery electric vehicle. The updated crossover will join the brand’s UX 200/250h models announced earlier this year, with deliveries scheduled to begin in spring 2023.
Enhancements unique to the model’s powertrain include a 72.8 kWh battery pack which adopts the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, and enables a driving range of 279 miles (450 kilometers) – marking a 40% increase over the model offered today. The pack provides the new UX 300e with a maximum power output of 201 hp (150 kW) and 221 lb-ft of torque (300 Nm).
Inside, an enhanced Lexus Link infotainment system, available with 8.0-inch (standard) and 12.3-inch (optional) central touchscreen display configurations. While the majority of the multimedia system’s functions encourage touch controls, physical controls for the HVAC and system volume remain in place. A Panoramic View Monitor function shows images from the front, rear, left and right-side cameras on this display. A new under-body transparent display function combines images of road below with an image of the vehicle’s underbody to help the user determine the road conditions and tire position.
Beyond these displays, the form and switch layout of the instrument panel and console have been optimized, while two USB-C ports have been added to the front of the console, adjacent to a wireless charging space for compatible smartphones. Over time, new features can be added to the vehicle’s multimedia system through its ability to accept and download OTA software updates by DCM. In addition, the scope of G-Link has been expanded to provide customers with more services.
The multimedia system is further supported by a number of connected services, including a connected navigation system that uses cloud-based map data to obtain real-time traffic and parking information. A standard voice recognition system can be activated in a number of ways – either through a switch on the steering wheel, the display’s microphone icon, or the ‘Hey Lexus’ voice command. The system is further capable of recognizing and responding to natural speech.
Wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto, are both provided as standard, while a built-in web browser leverages the DCM to establish and enable in-vehicle browsing. Through the app, users can access music streaming services, YouTube videos, and news websites.
The EV’s ‘My Settings’ function allows users to register personal settings for vehicle multimedia systems, such as navigation and audio system, by linking them to Bluetooth-enabled devices. If the user configures their vehicle with a G-Link subscription, their multimedia settings can be stored in the data center and be used in another vehicle.
My Lexus allows users to check the vehicle’s battery level and cruising range on their smartphone. The service provides a hub for further remote functions – such as remote air conditioning, which activates the HVAC before entry. Its ‘My Car Start Lock’ function enhances security, and can disable the vehicle EV system for a desired period of time when the vehicle is not in use.
Owners of the refreshed crossover can benefit further from an available Digital Key. Accessed through a dedicated mobile app, it allows users to lock/unlock the doors remotely and start the EV system by pressing the power switch while holding the smartphone. While key sharing between smartphones will be enabled, it is not yet known how many new keys can be generated and shared with family members and/or friends.