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Lexus UX 300e Driving Range Extended To 450km

Lexus’ battery electric UX 300e will receive increased battery capacity when its 2023 facelift model arrives, delivering an estimated WLTP range of 450km.

Lexus says the extended range capability means the UX 300e will comfortably tackle an Auckland to Taupo drive from one charge, expanding the appeal of the premium hatchback beyond an urban setting.

The UX 300e is the first of several fully electric new models Lexus will look to introduce to its line-up of models over the next few years.

Arriving in New Zealand in mid-2023, the second iteration of the battery electric Lexus UX 300e will feature an increased battery capacity from 54.4kWh to 72.8kWh to achieve a greater driving range compared to the current model. From fully charged the updated UX 300e will offer drivers an estimated WLTP range of 450km.

Clever engineering in the UX 300e has resulted in an unaltered driving experience compared to the hybrid electric edition – only the quiet and seamless acceleration of the sole electric motor identifies the UX 300e as a battery electric vehicle.

“Built for a mostly urban driver in mind, the UX 300e provides an enjoyable and sustainable city driving experience,” says Lexus New Zealand General Manager, Andrew Davis. “The range extension gives Lexus UX 300e motorists a little more freedom to travel around the country without needing to stop at a fast charger.”

Featuring both AC and DC charging ports, drivers will have the flexibility to switch between home charging or fast charging while out. The all-electric UX 300e offers maximum power of 150kW and 300Nm of torque, incorporating a high-output motor and a battery.

The Lexus UX 300e harnesses over a decade of Lexus expertise in electric motor, battery, and energy management development, producing a flagship UX that combines brave design with energetic performance and agile dynamics.

Lexus says it is aiming to decarbonise its portfolio as part of an overall commitment to reduce the impact on the environment and communities it operates in. The UX 300e is the first model of a host of battery electric vehicles Lexus plans to roll out over the next few years, while continuing to provide alternative electrified vehicles such as HEVs and PHEVs.

The carmaker says the newly announced partial improvements to the UX series are designed to deepen an elegant, sharp, and sophisticated driving experience, while expressing the marque’s qualities of design, imaginative technology, takumi craftsmanship and omotenashi, which translates as “luxurious hospitality”.

Further information about the Lexus UX 300e will be revealed closer to the New Zealand launch in mid-2023.

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