Amidst the news of Tesla Cybertruck which is Paolo Alto based company’s first ever electric pickup truck, few might think this is the not a great time for other brands to launch another EV. However, Lexus wasn’t considering it and unveiled their first ever electric vehicle. Dubbed as 2020 Lexus UX 300e, it was showcased Auto Guangzhou. They opted for China as for them it is a key market for their latest EV. Nonetheless, 2020 Lexus UX 300e will be sold in Europe and Japan. With respect to aesthetics, it follows the same design as the conventional power model.
But there are few changes such as new aerodynamic wheels, 20mm lowered ride height and redesigned underbody cover. It gives Lexus UX 300e a sleek look and also improves efficiency. In place of internal combustion engine at the front, there is an electric motor that generates 201hp and 300 Nm of torque. Lithium-ion battery pack with 54.3 kWh capacity sits underneath the body. It offers driving range of 250 miles as per NEDC cycle. To rejuvenate the battery, 50 minutes of charging is required with help from 50 kW fast charger and around 7 hours with 6.6 kW household socket.
Weight of 2020 Lexus UX 300e is about 1,900 kg and features retuned suspension with revised dampers to handle extra weight. To make its presence felt on the road through noise without combustion engine, Lexus has installed Active Sound Control (ASC) system. It transmits natural and ambient sounds. Even though Lexus UX 300e might be first EV from the company, more such models will follow as they are working on a new platform dedicated towards zero-emission cars. A new model is being build up from scratch and is due by next year and they will also introduce their first PHEV model.