Lexus Australia has confirmed pricing and specification details – plus longer warranties – for its first all-electric model, the UX300e small SUV, which enters local showrooms this month.
Based on the internal-combustion UX, the UX300e is available in two grades, with the entry-level Luxury comprehensively equipped, while the flagship Sports Luxury manages to go a step further.
With the Luxury and Sports Luxury priced from $74,000 and $81,000 plus on-road costs respectively, the UX300e rivals the Mercedes-Benz EQA (from $76,800) and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (from $76,990).
As reported, the UX300e has a single 150kW/300Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels to knock off the zero-to-100km/h sprint in 7.5 seconds. More importantly, though, its 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery provides 305km of WLTP-certified range.
A 7kW AC charger with a Type 2 plug can fully charge the UX300e’s in 6.5 hours. Conveniently, Lexus Australia will organise Jet Charge to install such a wallbox at the home of every buyer and give them two cables as part of the purchase price.
Meanwhile, a 50kW DC fast charger with a CHAdeMO plug can fully charge the UX300e’s battery in 80 minutes, with Lexus Australia also throwing in a three-year subscription to the largest public EV charging network in Australia, Chargefox.
But if buyers need to travel long distances and don’t want to regularly stop to charge, Lexus Australia offers petrol- or hybrid-powered loan cars for four trips up to eight days in duration over the first three years of ownership.
Standard equipment in the Luxury otherwise includes three drive modes (Eco, Normal and Sport), grille shutters, LED lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, four regenerative braking modes, power-folding side mirrors with heating, roof rails, keyless entry, rear privacy glass and a hands-free power tailgate.
Inside, push-button start, a 10.3-inch multimedia system, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a 7.0-inch multifunction display and wireless smartphone charging feature.
Then there’s a heated steering wheel (with paddle-shifters), a power-adjustable steering column, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with heating and cooling), heated rear outboard seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and alloy scuff plates.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front and rear autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection), steering and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, high-beam assist, active blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, tyre pressure monitoring, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.
The Sports Luxury adds adaptive tri-beam LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, a head-up display, ‘smooth’ leather-accented upholstery (black, Rich Cream, White Ash, Ochre or Zephyr Blue), a stitched Washi instrument panel (black, brown or Cobalt Blue), 3D illuminated trim and surround-view cameras.
The UX300e is the first Lexus Australia model to come with a five-year/unlimited-km warranty, with its battery is covered by a separate 10-year/unlimited-km term. Five years of roadside assistance is also included.
The UX300e’s service intervals are every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first, with capped-price servicing available for the first five visits, cost $1475 in total.
2022 Lexus UX300e pricing before on-road costs
UPDATED FROM: 05/10/2021