Lexus launches first

electric model

Lexus UX 300e, 2020, front
Lexus UX 300e, 2020, rear
Lexus UX 300e, 2020, charging
Lexus UX 300e, 2020, boot
Lexus UX 300e, 2020, interior
Lexus UX 300e, 2020, badge

THE first all-electric model from Lexus has been unveiled at the Chinese auto show which is taking place in Guangzhou.

The Lexus UX 300e is a battery powered version of the compact UX SUV which was launched earlier in the year.

Due on sale in the UK by 2021, the UX 300e is said to have a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge.

Other performance details are sketchy at the moment but Lexus says the UX 300e use the latest connectivity technology to maximise the potential of an EV while at the same time delivering driving performance and convenience.

The electric version of the UX has a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery which is located beneath the car's floor.

Lexus launched the UX as its first compact hybrid SUV and the electric model appears to have inherited many of its features such as a fair sized boot and being fully equipped on the technology front.

The electric model comes with a Drive Mode Select function which allows the driver to manage acceleration and deceleration according the situation and use the paddle shifts in a manner similar to engine braking, through four levels of deceleration regeneration.

A LexusLink smartphone app allows for the checking of battery charge and driving range while away from the car. It also allows the owner to remotely control the climate of the car.

The regular UX is priced from £29,905 and Lexus says prices and further information about the electric model will be released during the course of 2020.

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