Lexus has unveiled its to start with entirely electric powered automobile and — surprise — it’s a crossover. The Lexus UX 300e is looking at its public debut in China, at the Guangzhou International Car Exhibition.
Lexus tipped the earth off to its next move in the luxurious automaker’s “Lexus Electrified” marketing campaign with a trademark submitting. Now it has followed through, in what seems to be a pattern, as much more and additional automakers enter the EV arena with formats that are very hot as all heck suitable now: crossovers.
We only have a couple specs so significantly, but they are exciting. The Lexus UX 300e has a 54.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an approximated 248 miles of driving range based on the pretty generous and arguably out-of-date NEDC driving cycle — this would indubitably be rated significantly lower if examined by the EPA. The electric motor, positioned up entrance, is capable of a peak 201 horsepower and 221 pound-toes of torque. It has a DC quickly charging capacity of 50 kW, which lags driving a good deal of what we’re observing presently (for instance, the Kia Niro EV is capable of 100 kW, and the Audi E-Tron can do 150 kW). Lexus’ press release does not specify the charging common, but that 50-kW potential corresponds with the current most pace of the CHAdeMo charging conventional.
The UX 300e promises a comfy but enjoyable push expertise with a twin emphasis on NVH and driving dynamics. Motorists can manage the knowledge with a amount of driving modes, as nicely as paddle “shifters” that regulate the amount of regen experience kind the electric motor/generator. As for the sonic working experience, Lexus suggests it has an “Active Sound Control (ASC)” function that “transmits purely natural ambient sounds to allow for a greater comprehension of driving circumstances, and supplies a all-natural feeling for the cabin’s occupants.”
We have no phrase on no matter whether the UX EV will make its way to the U.S. Lexus claims it will go on sale in China and Europe next year, with a Japan introduction in 2021. Again, this is just a 1st move, and we’ll be curious to see what strategies Lexus has for EVs here in the States.