We drive a Lexus UX 300e, a Toyota SUV that has never been seen in Brazil

We drive a Lexus UX 300e, a Toyota SUV that has never been seen in Brazil


Launched in 2020 as Lexus’ first 100% electric production model, the UX 300e is a mid-size SUV that combines luxury, refinement and power in one product, but which is not very popular here.

Report of canaltech got a chance to see for themselves this beautiful SUV produced by the luxury division of Toyota, during an event held at the Japanese brand’s factory in Sorocaba, within São Paulo. And he felt the pleasure that the Brazilian user, unfortunately, will not have.

Eduardo Bennacchio, Toyota’s Experimental Engineering Manager, explains the features of the Lexus UX 300e (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

Before we report how this experience was, let’s show you everything that the Japanese automaker’s luxury division put into this car that, at least for now, won’t be sold here.

How is the Lexus UX 300e?

The model received significant updates in 2022 and is sold in Asia, Europe and the United States, with prices starting at 53,000 euros – approximately R$ 298,000 in direct conversion.

Sold abroad in three versions (Executive, Premium and Premium+), the Lexus UX 300e has a 54 kWh battery mounted under the floor and capable of giving the SUV a range of approximately 300 kilometers per charge in the WLTC cycle.

Other variants available on the market outside of Brazil offer a larger battery, 72.8 kWh. In this configuration, which will begin production in early 2023, the range jumps from 300 to 450 km, a significant increase in capacity.

Lexus UX 300e offers 204 horsepower to the driver (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

Lexus UX 300e offers 204 horsepower to the driver (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

In terms of the engine, the Lexus UX 300e also does well, as it has a 150 kW electric motor mounted on the front axle. It has the same power of 204 horses (equal to Hydrogenated tomatoes, which we also tested) and a torque of 30.6 kgfm, which is also the same as that of a large sedan.

The security and technology package received a lot of attention from the company in the latest update. The Lexus Safety System, for example, got one lens upgraded with millimeter radars, and can now detect cyclists and pedestrians even at night, as well as cars that may approach before curves or intersections.

Lexus 300e also has such equipment Dynamic Radar Traffic Control, which reduces the speed of the SUV directly in sharp curves; The Emergency Operations Support it is Support for Tracking Routes, both with artificial intelligence aimed at helping with security performance. All versions have 17-inch wheels with LED optics.

The interior of the Lexus UX 300e is full of technology and comfort (Image: Handout/Toyota)

The interior of the Lexus UX 300e is full of technology and comfort (Image: Handout/Toyota)

Test drive: Lexus UX 300e will be successful in Brazil

As with the Toyota Mirai, the driving experience of the Lexus UX 300e was quick but very pleasant. The route, quite short, included a quick lap around the Japanese automaker’s test track in Sorocaba and was enough to leave a good first (and perhaps only) impression about the model.

Lighter than the Mirai, the Lexus UX 300e has a quick response to stepping on the accelerator and instantly delivers 30.6 kgfm of torque to the driver. The power of 204 horsepower is the same as that of models like Volkswagen ID.3which also we have already run hereand it proved to be perfect for what the mid-size SUV plans to offer.

The Lexus UX 300e showed that it can perform very well in Brazil (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

The Lexus UX 300e showed that it can perform very well in Brazil (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

According to a Toyota expert who accompanied the report on the test drive, the entry-level version of the Lexus UX 300e would be ideal for the Brazilian market, especially for urban use – also because of the limited freedom of very long trips.

Unfortunately, however, the high cost of the model, which would not arrive here for less than R$ 500 thousand, will prevent the Toyota compact SUV from having a chance to show more Brazilians canaltech had the opportunity to taste … at least until further notice.

Source: canaltech

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