Electric version of crossover features 201bhp powertrain, due to reach UK in 2021
James Attwood, digital editor
22 November 2019

Lexus has revealed its first electric production car, the UX 300e, at the Guangzhou motor show in China, with the compact SUV due to go on sale in the UK in 2021.

The electric version of the regular UX crossover, understood to be based on the electric Toyota C-HR offered in China, features a front-mounted motor that produces 201bhp and 221lb ft. Power comes from a 54.3kWh under-floor battery offering a claimed range of around 250 miles and fast charging at speeds of up to 50kW.

The styling of the regular UX has been largely maintained, including the brand’s distinctive large front grille. It does gain new aerodynamic-influenced wheels, with the charging port located on the rear pillar where the fuel filler usually is.

The UX 300e features a number of drive modes so that the performance of the electric motor can be better managed, along with paddle shifters to control the regenerative braking modes.

Lexus says the UX 300e, built on Toyota’s GA-C platform, has been developed with a focus on on-road performance, and the goal of offering a quiet and refined driving experience. To balance the new powertrain, extra bracing has been added with the dampers reworked to maintain optimum weight distribution. 

According to Lexus, the UX 300e’s powertrain draws on learnings from the firm’s long-running hybrid system, and features a temperature management system that balances power at low and high temperatures.

There has also been a focus on refinement, Lexus claiming it has added insulation to reduce wind and road noise, with an Active Sound Control system that “transmits natural, ambient sounds to communicate the driving conditions”.

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22 November 2019

Should be a good electric car  choice  and of course be totally reliable as all Toyota/Lexus car,s seem to be

22 November 2019

Barf, an SUV. Only plonkers drive SUVs. Give us a 3 series sized RWD electric saloon.

22 November 2019
John Fox wrote:

Barf, an SUV. Only plonkers drive SUVs. Give us a 3 series sized RWD electric saloon.

Unfortunately the majority of the car buying public do what they are told: The motoring press tell you SUVs are fashionable, practical, and what you need, the dealers tell you the same, and the manufacturers love these things because they can charge more for them. What is the poor consumer to do?

23 November 2019

Only plonkers write  such comment !

23 November 2019

It's called a Tesla Model 3. And, having owned both, the Tesla is from another planet. In a good way.

23 November 2019
Technomad wrote:

It's called a Tesla Model 3. And, having owned both, the Tesla is from another planet. In a good way.

Considering the article is about an unreleased vehicle, your comment lacks credibility, but maybe you're comparing your Tesla Model 3 to Lexus as a brand? For me there is no comparison based on my experience compared to that of my Model 3-owning neighbour.

Its hard to say whether I get more fun from watching my neighbor's Model 3 get flatbedded yet again, or watching them shout and tap endlessly at their iWatches hoping for the call to connect properly. There is no arguing that their Model 3 has great acceleration for joining traffic from cold in the morning, but I think they'd take their Evoque back, all-forgiven, after Tesla reliability.

Four doors down, I drive a Lexus, and combined with othe Lexus models we've owned, we have had over 300,000 miles of faultless rattle-free scheduled-maintenance-only ownership. Yes, I need a larger gap joining traffic every day but then I don't get honked at every day for causing other drivers to brake as I 'power-merge'...

22 November 2019

A rather plain and mundane car but it has a Lexus badge and so the bought-up media would fawn over it and sing its praises... 

When you look at the design and compare it to the Mach-E it pales in comparison. the interior too is less innovative and modern than the Mustang but again the media would find ways to talk it up while they would save their harsh criticisms for the Mach-E... 

22 November 2019
Factczech wrote:

A rather plain and mundane car but it has a Lexus badge and so the bought-up media would fawn over it and sing its praises... 

When you look at the design and compare it to the Mach-E it pales in comparison. the interior too is less innovative and modern than the Mustang but again the media would find ways to talk it up while they would save their harsh criticisms for the Mach-E... 

Really? The motoring press aren't usually fawning over Lexus' Fords maybe, anything German definitely, but not Lexus.

22 November 2019

If you can live with the looks (I actually quite like most of it apart from the gawping grille) then this looks a pretty good option.

Lexus interior quality and reliability, refined torquey drive and decent range. 

What about the price though?

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