It was only last year when Lexus officially joined the electric crossover arena with the all-new UX 300e. Serving as the brand's first-ever battery-electric vehicle (BEV), it signifies the brand's shift from just offering hybrids and standard internal combustion engines.
After making its world debut at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, it looks like it will be making its way to Southeast Asia very soon. But which country in ASEAN will be the first to receive the UX 300e? That would be Indonesia, and they will be the first to get the first-ever electric Lexus.
According to a report by Indonesian publication Motoris, the UX 300e is ready for its debut later this week. An insider close to the matter said that Toyota is hoping that the arrival of the UX 300e in the country will trigger the company's electrified vehicle strategy in Indonesia. But with electric vehicles still seen as premium vehicles, Lexus will market the UX 300e towards premium segment customers that they claim are prepared to go fully-electric.
Those that are planning to get the UX 300e will be happy to know it has a front-mounted electric motor that makes 204 PS and 300 Nm of torque. It gets its power from a 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which allows the UX 300e to travel for 400 km before needing a recharge. With a standard AC charging system, it has a charge rate of 6.6 kW. A DC fast charger, meanwhile, delivers a more potent 50 kW charge rate.
In terms of styling, you'd be hard-pressed to find any differences between the standard UX and the all-electric version. The only telltale signs that give the UX300 e away are the unique badges at the back, as well as the charging port on the right rear quarter panel. Even the interior of the all-electric UX is similar to the engine-powered UX models.
With Indonesia set to receive the UX 300e, does this mean Lexus Philippines will also offer the electric UX? We don't see why they couldn't. After all, they already have several hybrid-electric models, namely the RX, NX, IS, ES, and LS. Should the company go forward and decide to sell the UX 300e, perhaps it might attract customers that are looking for a Lexus but also want a zero-emissions vehicle.
Besides, Lexus and Toyota already established themselves as one of the leading automakers when it comes to hybrid power. The addition of an electric vehicle should strengthen their green credentials not just in the Philippines but also worldwide.