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Lexus UX300e joins PH luxury EV market

This can be had for P3,898,000

Fun fact: The UX300e is the brand's first BEV even before the RZ came out. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

If the Lexus RZ is a little too big for your taste, worry not as Lexus Philippines has yet another BEV for buyers locally: the UX300e. This complements the model’s full-hybrid lineup with this sitting at the top of the heap.

It's the same UX design on the outside, which is a good thing. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

For the exterior, the same familiar design found on current Lexus models is present, down to the spindle grille.

No F Sport package here, but it comes with triple-beam LED headlamps, LED foglamps and taillights, 18-inch wheels, and a rear power tailgate featuring a kick sensor for convenience.

No front trunk, but the EV drivetrain promises added luxury and driving fun. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The two “fuel doors” on either side house the two charging ports (CCS Type 2 and CHAdeMO) for the full-electric drivetrain.

It has a single motor with a system output of 201hp and 300Nm. The total range is up to 560km, and the 72.82kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged to full in 80 minutes via DC fast charging (or 10 hours for regular AC charging).

The UX features a discreet yet luxurious interior. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The interior is mostly black, with washi-inspired dashboard trim accenting the cockpit. The seats are upholstered in fine black leather with sashiko quilting, both of which feature eight-way power adjustment and automatic seat heating/cooling controls.

The most comprehensive tech updates are found inside. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Two 12.3-inch displays are front and center—one for the digital instrument cluster, and one for the infotainment that supports smartphone integration for Apple (wireless) and Android devices—alongside two USB-C ports and a wireless charging pad.

If that’s not enough, there is a heads-up display as well as a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. Also, there is an additional card-based keyless entry system for convenience.

An attractive proposition for those who want a familiar EV experience. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Of course, the car comes complete with Lexus Safety Sense, which brings along adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping and departure warning, road sign recognition, automatic and adaptive high beams, hill-start assist, and a blind-spot monitor.

The asking price is a cool P3,898,000, and you can check it out at the Lexus Manila showroom.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.