Lexus improves UX 300e driving range

October 12, 2022

Lexus is introducing a package of upgrades for the UX 300e battery electric compact crossover, including an increase of up to more than 40 per cent in the driving range.

Lexus UX 300e

The lithium-ion battery’s capacity has been increased from 54.3 to 72.8kWh while maximum power remains at 201bhp/159kW with 300Nm maximum torque.

There are also detailed changes to enhance the driving experience include fine-tuning of the steering and shock absorber settings to sharpen dynamic performance, while additional spot-welding increases body rigidity.

These alterations improve the car’s responsiveness and planted feel, characteristics accentuated by the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and the location of the battery pack beneath the floor. Changes are also being made to the sound insulation to achieve an even quieter cabin.

In addition, the UX 300e will follow the UX 250h in adopting the new Lexus Link multimedia systems, giving faster response, more intuitive, human-centred operation and increased functionality.

The system’s new voice recognition set-up includes the option of using the “Hey Lexus” on-board assistant. This makes for easier use of voice commands to make phone calls, operate the audio and climate control and search the net. It can link to cloud-based information, so, for example, it can be asked about nearby fuel prices and other local information.

Finally, revisions to the Lexus Safety System+ bring improved performance in the Pre-Collision System, equipping the car with Intersection Turning Assist for safer left and right turns across traffic at intersections and Emergency Steering Assist, which helps the driver steer to avoid obstacles without departing from their traffic lane.

The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control adopts Curve Speed Reduction, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to suit the radius of a bend in the road.

Lexus expects customer deliveries of the new car to commence during the second half of 2023 with pricing and specification details due to be announced nearer the model’s on-sale date.

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