The brand’s smallest crossover in the lineup has been in the production for a couple of years and there are some pretty interesting things on the way for 2021 Lexus UX. We are about to see a completely new, all-electric version of the crossover, which will debut later this year. The new version will offer respectable performances and range, all coupled together with Lexus’ recognizable quality.
On the other side, the rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. The next-year model will carry on with a familiar naturally-aspirated engine and familiar design, though there is always a chance to see goodies in terms of new features and similar things. All in all, you may count on a quality subcompact crossover, which offers a comfortable ride, well-built interior and amazing fuel economy. While the all-electric version is about to hit showrooms a little bit earlier, standard models should arrive sometime late in the year.
2021 Lexus UX 300e
Without any doubt, the biggest novelty for next year will be the launch of an all-electric version. We already know most of the details about this model, which will come with a single electric motor setup. The motor will power the front axle, producing max power of 201 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. That’s definitely won’t make this small crossover a performance car but you may count on respectable performances. For example, 0-60 time should go around 7.5 seconds, while the top speed will be electronically limited to around 100 miles per hour.
The new 2021 Lexus UX 300e will come equipped with a 54.3-kWh battery, which should provide a max range of 190 miles. These are not class-leading numbers but seem okay for a crossover that is primarily a city car. More importantly, the company gives a 10-year or 1.000.000-kilometer battery warranty, which something you will hardly get from other manufacturers.
2021 Lexus UX Engine
Other than the new electric version, the 2021 Lexus UX will carry on in the same way. This means that all North American models will come with a familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine, which puts out around 169 horsepower. That’s not a particularly impressive number but seems okay for daily commuting. The ride is very smooth, thanks to a well-designed CVT gearbox. The thing we really like about this engine is an excellent fuel economy. This small crossover returns 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is way higher compared to most rivals.
In other parts of the world, this small crossover is also available in a hybrid version. This system is based on the same four-cylinder engine and puts out around 180 horsepower.
2021 Lexus UX Design
In terms of base design characteristics, things won’t change too much for the next year. The current model has been around for just a couple of years. So, it’s still early for some bigger changes, whether it’s about mechanics or aesthetics. Of course, the new all-electric version will certainly come with a couple of exclusive styling details. Still, the overall layout will remain the same. We are talking about a subcompact crossover, which shares most of its parts with Toyota C-HR.
On the inside, the overall quality is on pretty high level. Although a subcompact crossover, this is still a Lexus. So, the whole cabin is made of really fine materials. The dashboard looks attractive, while the list of standard equipment is also pretty long. On the other side, the amount of passenger space isn’t particularly generous, especially in the second row. Still, that’s a typical thing for the class. The same thing goes for the cargo area, which offers around 21.7 cubic feet of behind the rear seats. That’s about average for the class.
While details for the new 2021 Lexus UX 300e are still unavailable, we presume that the standard model won’t come with too many novelties in terms of standard equipment. The current model already stands pretty well in this aspect. All models are equipped with 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, and four USB ports. Additionally, you can get goodies like a moonroof, wireless device charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system.
In terms of safety, the list of standard features currently includes 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 etc.
2021 Lexus UX Price
While price details about the new all-electric version are still unavailable, we presume that standard models will carry on in the same way, which would mean the base price around 33.000 dollars.