The third production year of the brand’s smallest crossover brings big novelties. For the first time, we will see an all-electric vehicle with a Lexus badge. The new model is ready and it brings some pretty competitive numbers that will, along with the company’s well-known refinement and overall quality, certainly make this mode a serious player on the market of electric cars.
On the other side, standard gasoline and hybrid models will carry on in the same way. The company put the focus on the new all-electric version, so they didn’t bother too much with two familiar versions. After all, they are still pretty fresh on the market, so there is really no need for bigger updates at the moment.
This means you can count on a crossover that offers a comfortable and refined ride, excellent fuel economy and loads of standard equipment. We expect to see it later in the year.
2021 Lexus UX 300e
Without any doubt, this is the biggest novelty for the 2021 model year. The new version is the first all-electric vehicle from Lexus and it brings up some pretty interesting numbers. First of all, it comes with a nice 201-hp electric motor, which is mounted on the front axle. That’s a pretty decent number, which should ensure respectable driving dynamics. According to the manufacturer, this version will be able to hit 60 in about 7.5 seconds, which is pretty good for the class.
Besides decent acceleration, this version will also feature a decent range. The 2021 Lexus UX 300e will feature a 54.3 kWh battery pack, which is large enough to ensure the max range of 196 miles. For an urban crossover, this seems like a perfect fit, especially if we consider pretty quick charging the company promises. According to the company, the battery will need eight hours to fully recharge with a classic household charger. On the other side, the fast-charging option will allow charging 80% of the battery in just about 52 minutes.
2021 Lexus UX Design
Other than the new all-electric version, things are about to remain the same, This means you may count on a familiar design, which has been introduced a couple of years ago. The crossover is based on Toyota’s new TNGA platform and features a quite precise handling and strong overall performances. In terms of the styling, the 2021 Lexus UX will carry on in the same way, following the brand’s latest design language, highlighted by a massive spindle grille.
The same story is expected on the inside. This model features one of the nicest cabins in the class. Some rivals may look fancier but just a few of them could compete with the UX’s precision and overall quality. Besides impressive build quality, this cabin also offers a decent amount of passenger space. Of course, some rivals are more spacious, but the 2021 Lexus UX will surely be able to accommodate four adult people.
One of the biggest drawbacks of this crossovers is a small cargo area and, unfortunately, things won’t change for the next year. You may count on about 21.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
When it comes to standard equipment, the 2021 Lexus UX won’t feature many changes compared to the current model. Therefore, the list of standard features should include goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, the Lexus Remote Touch interface, six speakers, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth etc. That’s a quite impressive list of standard equipment, which can be expanded with things like a moonroof, wireless device charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system.
Things are as impressive in terms of safety features. All models come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and lane trace assist. Additionally, you can get goodies like a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.
2021 Lexus UX Engines
Things under the hood will remain the same. Therefore, base models will carry on with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out around 170 horsepower. That definitely isn’t enough to provide some driving excitement but on the other side, the fuel economy is fantastic. You may count on about 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. That’s way better compared to rivals like Audi Q3 or BMW X1.
Speaking of fuel economy, there is also a 182-hp hybrid model, which gets help from two electric motors. This one returns 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Lexus UX sometime late in the year. Base models should go around 35.000 dollars, while the new all-electric version will feature starting price around 50.000 dollars, roughly.