The revamped 2023 Lexus UX 300e pricing has been confirmed with an extended battery range, and upgrades to technology and safety. 

Lexus New Zealand says orders are being taken now for the UX 300e upgrade that is expected to arrive in Lexus dealerships from June this year in two variations, the Premium and the Limited.

Lexus New Zealand Vice President, Andrew Davis, says the upgrades to the UX 300e, which was launched in 2019, reflect the pace of change in Lexus vehicle development.

“The uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand continues to accelerate and luxury car buyers want a balance between an electric vehicle that fits their lifestyle and a vehicle that has the latest safety and in-car connectivity,” he says.

“Built with a mostly urban driver in mind, the UX 300e provides an enjoyable and sustainable city driving experience. The range extension gives Lexus UX 300e motorists a little more freedom to travel further without needing to stop for recharging.”

Andrew says the UX 300e and the brand-new Lexus RZ are the first of many new, exciting electric vehicles to come over the next few years as Lexus has been selected by its parent company to lead BEV development.  

The all-electric UX 300e offers maximum power of 150kW and 300Nm of torque, incorporating a high-output motor and battery. The acceleration experience of the UX 300e is 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds. This is faster than the hybrid UX despite the slight extra weight from the battery. An update to the rear performance damper has also been fitted to enhance the driving performance.

Both the Premium and the Limited grades have a larger battery – up from 54.3kWh to 72.8kWh, which increases the driving range by more than 40% (using the WLTP standard) to around 450km from the previous 315km.

Building on the performance of the car with a major upgrade to the multimedia system, the new Lexus interface has been upgraded from a 10.3” display to a 12.3” touchscreen display. Customers can now also use the “Hey Lexus” dynamic voice recognition feature and wireless Apple CarPlay, the screen has been brought forward so that it is closer to the driver.

A third upgrade to the UX 300e in 2023 is to the safety package which is standard across the range. The Lexus Safety System+ now includes Intersection Turn Assist and Emergency Steering Assist. Curve Speed Reduction has also been bundled into the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system.

Pricing of the 2023 Lexus UX 300e:

Lexus UX 300e Premium$79,900 including on road costs and eligible for a Clean Car Discount  
Lexus UX 300e Limited$89,900 including on-road costs  

The pricing includes Lexus’ four-year unlimited kilometre new vehicle warranty, four-year unlimited kilometre full maintenance service plan, eight-year or 160,000-kilometre high voltage battery warranty, and the Lexus Plus AA Roadside Assistance package.

Assistance with the installation of an AC Wallbox charger via Electrasafe is also available.

The new UX 300e will be available in Lexus dealerships from June 2023 for customers to test drive.

DriveLife last reviewed the UX300e in 2022. You can read the review here.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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