Lexus made it simple for its arrival on the electrical market: not a new model but a variant of the UX. Unfortunately, the announced autonomy is not a dream.
For its first 100% electric production vehicle, Lexus has chosen to convert its compact SUX UX. This new variant, named 300th, has just been presented in China, the main market for electrics, with sales favored by quotas.
But marketing in Europe is already planned for 2020. If it touts in its ads the merits of its simple hybrids which are freed from the constraint of recharging, Lexus wants to be able to meet the growing demand of Europeans for the 100 % electric. This UX 300e will compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
This model adopts an electrical block placed at the front of 150 kW, or 204 hp. The maximum torque is 300 Nm. There is a 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. Lexus announces a range of 400 km… but with the old NEDC measurement cycle. In real conditions, we should therefore expect barely 300 km, which is not much for an electric model launched in 2020.
In terms of style, the 300th variant can be recognized by its specific rims, with improved aerodynamics. There are also new protections for the bases. Nothing moves elsewhere, we find the look so particular of the UX.