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Lexus Introduces the Fully Electric UX 300e

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Lexus UX 300e
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Lexus has debuted its first fully electric vehicle, the new UX 300e. As the name suggests, the Lexus UX 300e is based on the classic Lexus UX, a luxurious five-seat SUV. According to the automaker, the Lexus UX 300e will earn a range of 250 miles, based on New European Driving Cycles standards.

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The new model made its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China. On the outside, it looks quite similar to the familiar Lexus UX. Of course, that’s not a bad thing — the UX is an upscale and attractive vehicle.

Unique features

To differentiate the UX 300e from its gas-powered sibling, the electrified model boasts special badging, aerodynamic wheels, and underbody covers to reduce drag and boost efficiency.

The inside hasn’t strayed from the UX’s luxurious amenities. There have been some minor rearrangements inside the cockpit. For example, the shift-by-wire system has been relocated, and the paddle shifters now allow you to choose between four modes of regenerative braking.

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Powertrain and performance

Of course, the UX 300e’s most notable changes are within its powertrain. It boasts an electric motor and a 54.3 kWh battery, which can take up to 50 kW when hooked up to a fast-charging station. Otherwise, you’ll get about 6.6 kW with a standard charge. The motor, on the other hand, pumps out 201 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. All of that power will be channeled to the front wheels. The UX 300e should also boast a smooth ride thanks to its retooled shock absorbers and additional braces.

Currently, there are no plans to release the Lexus UX 300 in the United States. It will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, while Japan will have to wait until 2021.