Lexus has revealed a fully-electrified version of the UX crossover. The UX 300e is the marque’s first BEV and will make its public debut at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China.
Compared with the petrol and hybrid variants of the UX, the UX 300e doesn’t look significantly different. However, there are minor styling changes on the front such as the grille pattern and fog lamp housing/air intakes. The ‘Hybrid’ badge on the rear door is replaced with an ‘Electric’ badge, obviously. There are new aerodynamically optimized wheels too which better suit the all-electric variant. As you can see in one of the photos, the underbody has a full cover.
The interior too doesn’t look all that different compared to the aforementioned ICE or hybrid variants. However, there’s a blue tinge to it. The Active Sound Control (ASC) technology transmits natural ambient sounds to the cabin in order to let the driver understand the driving conditions. As for safety, the UX 300e gets the Lexus Safety System+ suite.
The UX 300e is built on the same GA-C platform and is enhanced with additional braces. The shock absorbers’ damping force has been optimized too in order to match the dynamic changes of electrification.
The motor at the front has a maximum output of 150 kW (204 metric hp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). The floor-mounted 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to deliver a range of up to 400 km (248 mi) as per NEDC. The battery is capable of 50 kW DC fast-charging.
As with all the latest cars these days, the UX 300e too gets the connected car technology with a mobile app. Drivers can check the battery state, remotely control various functions such as the AC, seat heaters, and window defrosters.
The UX 300e is scheduled to go on sale in the Chinese and European markets in 2020, and in Japan early in 2021.