Lexus revealed its global electrification strategy, ‘Lexus Electrified,’ during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Fast-forward a month later, and the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its first-ever battery electric vehicle (BEV) at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the new Lexus UX 300e.
As its name suggests, this new Lexus BEV is designed based on the standard UX crossover. The similarity in its design cues is evident in both the exterior and the interior. Lexus claims that the cabin of the UX 300e is the quietest in its class, with an Active Sound Control feature that transmits the appropriate level of ambient sounds to give the driver a better feel for the driving conditions.
The electric powertrain generates 201hp and 300Nm of torque, and the 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery has a claimed maximum range of 400km. Overall, the UX 300e promises good performance and a comfortable ride, thanks in part to the enhancements Lexus has made to the GA-C platform, including the fitment of braces and the optimization of shock absorbers for the new EV setup. Special aerodynamic wheels and an underbody cover further improve the vehicle’s overall efficiency.
For safety, the UX 300e has been equipped with the Lexus Safety System+. The battery also boasts a temperature management system, and drivers may check the battery’s remaining range or state of charging through a dedicated smartphone app. Through this, charging time can be monitored and the charging itself may also be scheduled according to planned trips. Other functions such as air-conditioning, seat heaters, and window defrosters are likewise accessible through the app.
What can you say about the debut of Lexus’s first BEV? Do you like what you’re seeing so far?