Lexus continues to offer more electrified models for the Philippine market. What better way to broaden the appeal of hybrids than by offering its most affordable crossover as a hybrid model? That’s right, for 2023, the Lexus UX is now solely available with a hybrid powertrain.
Now called the UX 250h, the electrified crossover is available in two variants; Premier and the more aggressive F Sport. Both models are powered by a new 2.0-liter gasoline inline-four that’s helped along by two electric motors. Lexus says the hybrid system benefits from a new power control unit (PCU) that is more powerful yet 20% smaller and 10% lighter. More importantly, the smaller and lighter package reduced frictional loss by 25% which allows for smoother and more direct power delivery.
The result is a total system output of 184 PS along with a generous 188 Nm of torque between 4400 to 5200 rpm. The engine also benefits from Lexus’ D4-S fuel injection system which combines direct and multi-port injection for optimal combustion. A continuously variable capacity oil pump and a variable cooling system with an electric water pump contribute to ultra-low internal friction, further optimizing engine performance and fuel efficiency. Power is then sent to a CVT that drives the front wheels and comes with paddle shifters.
Like most of Lexus’ (and Toyota’s) hybrids, the UX 250h comes with the brand’s tried-and-tested nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack placed underneath the rear seats. It comes with a built-in cooling system and is designed to help give the vehicle a lower center of gravity. For better peace of mind, the battery is covered by an 8-year HEV battery warranty aside from the regular 3-year/100,000km warranty for the vehicle itself.
When it comes to in-car features, the UX 250h has plenty. It gets a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker sound system, a full-leather interior, smart keyless entry, an 8-inch multi-info display, power tilt/telescopic steering column, automatic climate control, power tailgate with kick motion sensor, and driver seat memory function.
Available only on the UX 250h F Sport is the brand’s innovative Lexus Safety Sense. This gives the crossover a suite of intelligent driver aids that include; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Alert and Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Adaptive High-Beam System.
Other safety systems present on the UX 250h are; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction and stability controls, hill-start assist, blind-spot monitor, and a host of airbags.
Pricing for the 2023 Lexus UX 250h is as follows:
UX 250h Premier - PHP 3,058,000
UX 250h F Sport - PHP 3,798,000