The varied powertrain line-up of the Lexus UX collection welcomes an up to date Battery EV mannequin with enhanced electrical vary and additional refinement
Lexus UX 300e (Prototype)
Lexus publicizes the worldwide debut of the brand new UX 300e, a big evolution of the model’s first manufacturing BEV mannequin. The up to date UX 300e joins the brand new UX 200/250h introduced earlier this 12 months, with deliveries scheduled to start in spring 2023.
Because the 2005 launch of the RX 400h, the world’s first hybrid SUV, Lexus has been a pioneer of electrification within the luxurious market. Primarily based on the electrification imaginative and prescient “Lexus Electrified” introduced in 2019, Lexus goals to fulfill the various wants of worldwide clients by way of a broad vary of electrified automobiles, from HEVs to PHEVs and BEVs. Utilizing electrification expertise to considerably improve elementary car efficiency, Lexus continues to refine the timeless pleasure of the auto, by way of hallmark precision and class. In 2020, Lexus launched UX 300e because the model’s first manufacturing BEV mannequin. In 2022, this was adopted by the introduction of the Lexus RZ, a devoted BEV mannequin. As of the top of August 2022, cumulative gross sales of Lexus electrified automobiles stand at roughly 2.3 million items, because the model accelerates their growth and adoption to contribute to the belief of a carbon-neutral society.
Along with its maneuverable physique measurement and distinctive “UX” city compact crossover design, the UX 300e is extremely regarded by clients looking for a distinctly quiet and refined BEV driving expertise. The enhancements introduced for the UX 300e are primarily based on the relentless pursuit of perfection underneath an “All the time On” philosophy. Enhancements distinctive to the BEV powertrain embrace a newly developed battery pack with capability elevated from 54.4 kWh to 72.8 kWh, leading to a cruising vary of 450 km*1―over 40% longer than the present mannequin. The UX 300e additionally inherits the additional refinements made to the dynamic precision of the UX collection for confidence-inspiring efficiency, together with the expanded performance of energetic security applied sciences, and the evolution of superior options by way of the newest multimedia system.
The up to date UX 300e underwent rigorous testing and analysis at Toyota Technical Heart Shimoyama. The low middle of gravity created by the under-floor placement of the BEV battery pack provides the UX 300e a pure efficiency benefit, as do customary rear Efficiency Dampers*2. For much more refined dynamics, physique rigidity was strengthened with the addition of 20 spot welding factors, and the Electrical Energy Steering (EPS) and shock absorbers have been optimally tuned for the all-electric mannequin.
In relation to superior expertise, performance of the “Lexus Security System +” energetic security expertise was expanded with the intention of offering a safer and safer driving expertise. As well as, the newest multimedia system brings a bigger, increased decision contact panel show, the shape and swap structure of the instrument panel and console space have been optimized, and two new Sort-C USB connectors have been added to the entrance of the console for improved usability when charging units.
Lexus Worldwide Chief Engineer Mitsuteru Emoto
“As Lexus’ first BEV mannequin and a core a part of the UX household, the UX 300e embraces the continuous efficiency growth and evolution of superior expertise utilized to the UX 200/250h introduced earlier this 12 months, whereas enhancing the attributes distinctive to an all-electric car. Most notably, primarily based on an “All the time On” philosophy we considerably prolonged the cruising vary to additional enrich the life of our clients. As a number one gentle for “Lexus Electrified,” the refinement of UX 300e is a key step on the trail in direction of a carbon-neutral society.”
Distinctive BEV evolution to reinforce buyer way of life
The UX 300e takes full benefit of the electrical powertrain configuration. As a singular BEV attribute, it doesn’t carry front-heavy objects akin to an engine, permitting heavier parts to be positioned in direction of the middle of the car for optimum entrance/rear weight distribution and second of inertia. The low middle of gravity supplied by the underfloor battery pack and the rear Efficiency Dampers*2 complement these attributes to refine the dynamics and improve the sense of connection between the automobile and driver. The underfloor battery additionally acts as a sound barrier, and additional consideration was centered on wind noise and street noise from gravel and different supplies that turned obvious within the absence of engine and transmission sounds. The result’s a snug, quiet inside house.
The newly developed battery pack extends cruising vary by greater than 40% to 450 km*1 in comparison with the present mannequin and achieves vitality consumption of 166.7 Wh/km*1.
UX 300e Specs (European specs, prototype)
|Cruising Vary||450 km|
|Vitality Consumption||166.7 Wh/km|
|Battery Capability||72.8 kWh|
|Quick Charging Commonplace||CHAdeMO|
|Most Output (kW[ps])||150 |
|Most Torque (Nm[Kgf･m])||300 [30.5]|
Additional enhancement of refined, confidence-inspiring efficiency by way of strengthened fundamentals
A complete of 20 spot welding factors have been added to the car physique across the aspect and again doorways to enhance structural rigidity. As well as, the automobile was pushed extensively at Toyota Technical Heart Shimoyama to be able to additional tune the EPS, shock absorbers, and different parts. The intention was to attain a linear response devoted to the driving force’s intentions, such because the confidence-inspiring feeling of seamless deceleration, steering, and acceleration in all driving conditions.
Growth of energetic security capabilities and gear enhancements together with the newest multimedia system
As a way to obtain the final word aim of a cellular society the place fatalities from site visitors accidents are decreased to zero, the brand new UX has expanded performance of the Lexus Security System + energetic security expertise. The intention is to forestall accidents, additional cut back site visitors accidents and fatalities, and to lighten the burden on drivers. Moreover, a sophisticated digital key characteristic enhances buyer usability, enabling door lock/unlock and EV System Begin through smartphone. A panoramic view monitor with clear floor floor picture show has additionally been added to indicate the street floor circumstances and tire place beneath the car.
Lexus Security System +
- An improved single lens digital camera and millimeter wave radar expands the Pre-Collision System security capabilities by detecting bicyclists within the daytime and pedestrians at night time. The system can detect oncoming automobiles earlier than proper turns in intersections, in addition to crossing pedestrians approaching from the entrance, when turning proper or left. As well as, Emergency Steering Help has been added, permitting assisted steering help throughout the lane when triggered by the driving force’s enter.
- Lane Tracing Help (LTA), a sophisticated driving help operate that keeps the car within the middle of the lane, makes use of AI expertise for lane recognition and expands the vary of help, thereby reaching smoother and extra constant steering help.
- A curve speed-control operate that decelerates the car upfront in line with the dimensions of an approaching curve has been added to Dynamic Radar Cruise Management (with an all-speed monitoring operate), which controls acceleration and deceleration in order that the space to an instantly previous car is fixed throughout the pace set when driving on roads akin to motor-vehicle-only roadways.
- Emergency Driving Cease System helps the driving force by way of audio and visible alerts and delicate deceleration if non-operation by the driving force continues throughout use of Lane Tracing Help. It then prompts the car’s hazard lamps and horn to alert these outdoors the car to assist forestall or cut back harm to the car or others, whereas slowing and ultimately stopping the car inside its lane. After stopping the car, the system unlocks the doorways and makes an emergency name by way of computerized connection to Assist Internet, which contributes to early driver rescue.
Set up of a devoted smartphone app permits the smartphone for use as a digital key for automobiles with this characteristic. Along with with the ability to lock/unlock the doorways through smartphone display screen, the EV system may be began by urgent the facility swap whereas holding the smartphone. The car may be operated with only one smartphone, even for those who personal a number of automobiles suitable with a digital key. As well as, as a result of digital keys may be shared between smartphones, it turns into simpler and handy to lend or borrow automobiles between far-away members of the family or pals.
Panoramic View Monitor
The Panoramic View Monitor combines pictures from the entrance, rear, left and proper aspect cameras of the car and shows them on the middle show. The newly added under-body clear show operate combines pictures of street floor circumstances taken previously with a picture of the car underbody, thereby serving to the driving force to know street floor circumstances and tire place beneath the car.
Newest Multimedia System and Improved Cockpit Usability
The multimedia system and linked companies have been dramatically re-envisioned for an improved buyer expertise. The system options the newest 12.3″ contact show with bigger measurement/increased decision and intuitive state-of-the-art multimedia system for ease-of-use. As well as, G-Hyperlink*3 performance has been enormously expanded to supply companies which are extra significant in our clients’ every day lives. We’ll proceed to additional the customized buyer expertise by updating our multimedia programs by way of OTA*4 software program updates. As well as, the shapes and swap structure of the instrument panel and console space have been optimized in accordance with using the touch-screen show, and two new charging USB connectors (Sort-C) have been added to the entrance of the console for improved usability.
UX 300e Cockpit (12.3-inch contact show) (Prototype)
Improved Cockpit Usability
The bigger and better decision 12.3-inch contact show is mounted nearer to the driving force, permitting touch-screen operation with out compromising driving posture. As well as, the shapes and swap structure of the instrument panel and console space have been optimized in accordance with using the contact show. The seat heater switches beforehand mounted within the middle of the instrument panel have been positioned on high of the console, and two USB charging connectors (Sort-C) have been newly put in within the house in entrance of the console created by this alteration. As well as, the wi-fi charging house has been vertically prolonged and LED lighting has been added on the high for improved usability.
Multimedia Programs and Related Companies
- The UX 300e is provided with the newest multimedia system for intuitive ease-of-use. Distinctive accessibility is achieved by frequently displaying navigation, music, car settings, and different menu choice icons alongside the driving force aspect. The structure of your entire display screen is split in line with operate, thereby unifying the operation circulation and specializing in simple operation.
- The system employs a linked navigation system that makes use of cloud-based map info to acquire real-time site visitors info and parking zone availability info. As well as, the navigation system makes use of a hybrid kind system combining a standard in-vehicle navigation system and a linked navigation system.
- The newest voice recognition operate is enabled by way of voice activation, working the speak swap on the steering wheel, or working the microphone icon on the show. By saying a pre-defined activation phrase (e.g., “Hey Lexus!”), the voice recognition operate may be activated with out having to function a swap or stopping music. The system additionally helps conversational model operation, as for those who have been speaking to the automobile.
- Apple CarPlay*5 and Android Auto*6, which options sure unique capabilities of the iPhone*5 and Android*6 units on the in-vehicle show is now accessible. Apple CarPlay helps Wi-Fi wi-fi connection*7 along with the traditional USB connection.
- The system is configured with an online browser that permits customers to browse web sites (information, blogs, streaming music, YouTube*6 movies, and so on.) by way of an Web connection using the DCM (Knowledge Communication Module).
- The “My Settings” operate permits customers to register private settings for car multimedia programs, akin to navigation and audio system, by linking to Bluetooth*8 units (e.g. smartphones.) As well as, with G-Hyperlink subscription, multimedia settings are saved within the knowledge middle and can be utilized in one other car.
- “My LEXUS” permits customers to examine the car’s battery degree and cruising vary on their smartphones. As well as, companies akin to distant air con, which permits activation of the air con earlier than getting within the automobile, can be found. Through the use of the “My Automotive Begin Lock” operate within the “My LEXUS” system, it’s now doable to disable the car EV system for a desired time frame. This characteristic will increase safety when the car just isn’t in use, akin to at night time, throughout lengthy journeys or whereas on enterprise journeys.
- The OTA*4 software program replace operate allows software program updates by way of wi-fi communication by DCM. Along with bettering multimedia show content material and operability, this permits the addition of recent capabilities and improved efficiency.
*1 WLTC values for Europe (varies in line with optionally available gear)
*2 “Efficiency Dampers” is a registered trademark of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
*3 “G-link” is a trademark of Tokyo Gasoline Co. Used underneath license.
*4 Over The Air
*5 Apple, Apple CarPlay and iPhone are emblems of Apple Inc.
iPhone trademark is used underneath license from Aiphone Co. Ltd.
*6 Android, Android Auto and YouTube are emblems of Google LLC.
*7 Wi-Fi connection is supported solely by Apple CarPlay.
*8 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
NOTE: Gear availability and companies, together with for Lexus Security System+, varies relying in the marketplace.