Lexus has officially brought its first-ever electric car to the ASEAN region. After making its world debut last year in China, the all-electric Lexus UX 300e has arrived in Indonesia. The electric UX serves as the brand's foray into the luxury EV market and is meant to push the brand towards electrification.
At the heart of the UX 300e is an electric motor powered by a 54.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It generates 204 PS, along with 300 Nm of torque. On a full charge, the UX 300e can travel for 300 km before needing a recharge. With a standard AC charging system, the crossover can be recharged at a rate of 6.6kW. Those that prefer faster recharging can opt for the 50kW DC charging system.
Need to monitor its battery status remotely? Lexus has a dedicated smartphone app for the all-electric UX. By using the app, owners can check the remaining charge, driving range left, as well as remotely turning on the automatic climate control system.
In terms of size, the UX 300e measures 4495mm long, 1840mm wide, and 1545mm tall. It also has a 2640mm wheelbase. This makes the electric UX have a similar length, width, and wheelbase measurements as the standard model. It only differs in height as the standard UX is 25mm shorter.
As for its looks, the UX 300e doesn't look too different from its gas-engined counterparts. From its sleek LED headlights, signature spindle front grille, eye-catching LED taillights, and squared wheel arches, the electric UX is stylish and sophisticated. The most obvious differences between the standard UX and the 300e are the badges and the charging port located on the right rear quarter panel.
Inside, it's also a similar story as it features the brand's 'Human-Centered Cockpit'. It gets a digital instrument panel, a three-spoke steering wheel with media and cruise control function, power-adjustable seats, leather upholstery, a 10.3-inch media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
With Indonesia becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to get the UX 300e, it might only a matter of time before it makes its way to the Philippines. Over in Indonesia, the electric UX currently retails for IDR 1,245,000,000 (or about PhP 4,224,300). Hopefully, it won't be as expensive should Lexus Philippines release it locally.