New 2021 Lexus UX 300e electric SUV revealed
First-ever all-electric Lexus will get a 201bhp output and range of 186 miles
Lexus has revealed the UX 300e compact SUV. The all-electric version of the brand’s Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Japanese brand’s first EV is due to go on sale in China in 2020, before reaching the UK market in January 2021.
The UX 300e is powered by a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery, which feeds a front-axle electric motor. The drivetrain develops 201bhp and 300Nm of torque – and offers support for 50kW fast-charging. Based on the official WLTP testing figures, the UX 300e will cover 186 miles on a single charge. The sprint from 0-62mph takes 7.5 seconds, while the UX 300e has a top speed of 100mph.
It’s based on an adapted version of Toyota’s TNGA GA-C platform, which is also found under the petrol hybrid UX and recently revised Toyota C-HR. Lexus has fitted a range of additional chassis bracing and a redesigned suspension system to support the extra weight of the electric powertrain.
Inside, the all-electric UX 300e is the same as the hybrid model, with the exception of a new automatic gear selector and some EV-specific displays for the SUV’s digital instrument binnacle and infotainment system.
However, behind the identical interior trim, Lexus has fitted additional sound dampening to help suppress external intrusions, such as wind noise, gravel impacts and tyre roar, which it says would be more noticeable with the absence of an internal combustion engine. At 367 litres, the boot is actually slightly larger than in the UX hybrid.
Exterior styling revisions are equally minimal, stretching to a subtly reworked radiator grille, new badges highlighting the electric powertrain and a more aerodynamic front bumper with smaller air intakes. Lexus has also fitted the UX 300e with an active sound generator, which produces an ambient noise at low speeds to warn pedestrians of the car’s presence.
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