According company information this the new 2021 Lexus UX 300e as a little battery-powered crossover probably won’t be coming to America, instead sticking to China and Europe for its initial 2020 roll-out, before hitting Japan in 2021.
The new UX 300e is the beginning of what the Japanese brand calls “Lexus Electrified”, the UX300e is an important signal of what’s to come.
If we compare the new 2021 Lexus UX 300e VS 2021 Lexus UX – the regular UX, the hourglass grille is the same; the rear end, complete with those unique, three-dimensional taillights, is the same; the faux-off-roader body cladding is the same. Only a small “electric” badge along the rear doors and the unique wheel design marks this out as the plug-in. Sneak a peek underneath and a new underbody cover might be hard to miss too, we suppose.
Lexus UX battery and engine option
The UX 300e have the floor is a 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It connects to a front-mounted motor capable of 201 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. That out-flexes the existing UX250h, though the 300e sends all its power through the front wheels alone.
Lexus quotes a range of 248 miles on the older NEDC test cycle, which is typically more optimistic than the newer WLTP standards. The UX300e will be capable of DC fast-charging up to 50 kW however, meaning a full charge will take a little over an hour. The standard AC rate is 6.6 kW, which translates to around eight hours from empty.
The interior features a new shifter design, operating via shift-by-wire system. Paddle shifters have sprouted up behind the wheel too, allowing drivers to select up to four levels of brake regeneration.
The „regular one“ 2021 Lexus UX will have a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 169 horsepower. This engine will come exclusively with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive – there is no all-wheel-drive option with the gasoline-only model. We also expect the UX 250h to continue with a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for 176 hp. The hybrid model will also come with a CVT and standard all-wheel drive.
2021 Lexus UX/UX300e Price & Release Date
Release date for the new 2021 Lexus UX as well as UX300e will be in second part of 2021.
With no changes expected, we anticipate the 2021 Lexus UX’s pricing to remain close to the current model, which ranges from $33,325 to $40,725 (destination fees included).