Lexus rocks the electrified market!

Lexus rocks the electrified market!

Lexus has now sold over two million electrified vehicles globally! Meanwhile, the hybrid-only UX crossover range has been confirmed for the local market.

Ever wondered how motorists feel about electrified vehicles? Judging by Lexus sales, they love them. We can make this statement because the luxury car maker has just celebrated its two millionth electric vehicle sale! This reflects a clear commitment to the reduction of CO2 emissions and a firm indication that – like sister brand Toyota – Lexus is firmly on the path to carbon-neutrality.

This commitment will continue with confirmation that Lexus will reveal the first Lexus plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) internationally this year, with the first Lexus battery electric vehicle (BEV) on a dedicated platform coming in 2022.

By 2025, Lexus will debut 20 new or improved models internationally, including more than 10 BEVs, PHEVs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). In the same year, Lexus will make available an electrified version of every model in its line-up.

Long environmental path

The sustainability path is nothing new to the brand. Since the launch of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus has been a pioneer of electrification in luxury segments. Since then, Lexus electrified vehicles have contributed to a cumulative global reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 19 million tonnes. This reduction is equivalent to the combined CO2 output of approximately 300 000 passenger cars each year for the past 15 years.

Globally, 33% of Lexus models sold were of the electrified variety during 2020. In South Africa, Lexus has already established itself as the leading luxury brand for hybrid electrification. In fact, for almost every Lexus model (other than LX, RC, LS and LC) sold in the country, there is a hybrid variant available. In addition, Lexus has two hybrid-exclusive model ranges – the newly-minted IS and the premium compact UX SUV.

New all-hybrid range for UX

Now that range is gaining a new member in the form of the hybrid-only UX. South Africans are familiar with the UX; it was introduced in 2019 and has been one of the brand’s top sales drivers since its inception in South Africa. The UX offers luxury and safety in a luxury compact crossover package that combines charismatic design elements and an ultra-efficient powertrain.

Hybrid direction

Lexus is fully committed to lowering fuel emissions and so the company decided to offer the UX in hybrid only. The model range now comprises the UX 250h EX (entry grade) and UX 250h SE (top spec).

The Lexus UX 250h – which boasts an impressive 135kW total system output – is equipped with a 2.0-litre petrol engine which alone delivers 107kW of power at 6000 r/min and an improved 188Nm of torque at 4400 r/min. Working in tandem with the electric motor, this equates to a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 8,5 seconds. Overall, the vehicle produces fuel economy figures of 4,5-litres/100 km combined and CO2 emissions of 103 g/km.

Spoilt for choice

Both the model grades are equipped with Lexus Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to tailor the driving experience by selecting from three different drive modes – Normal, Eco and Sport.

Normal mode provides an optimal balance between driving performance and fuel efficiency; ECO mode maximises fuel savings across all driving conditions by smoothing the throttle response, and by moderating air conditioning operation; Sport Mode delivers quicker throttle response and increased power steering feel; Sport S+ (F Sport model) dramatically changes the handling dynamics.

Superior safety technology

Both UX models are equipped with eight airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Pre-Crash System – Brake Synchronised, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keep Assist with improved Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and the LED Adaptive High-beam System.

Pricing and maintenance plans

The Lexus UX 250h EX retails for R734 000 while the top-of-the-range UX 250h SE model retails for R811 700. All Lexus models come standard with a best-in-class seven-year/105 000 km warranty and full maintenance plan.

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