Lexus is getting ready to ramp up its electrification efforts, starting with the release of the company’s first production battery-electric vehicle, the Lexus UX 300e. Lexus revealed the battery-powered UX crossover this week at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China.
At first glance the UX 300e looks nearly identical to the gas-powered UX crossover. Despite the similar appearance, under the hood of the 300e is a 150-kw electric motor resting at the front axle. This motor is supplied power via a 54.3-kWh battery pack, which is good for around 248 miles of range on the European test cycle, which tends to over-estimate figures.
“The all-electric UX 300e was developed for excellent on-road performance,” Lexus said in a statement. “Lexus engineers kept the distinctive design and the utility characteristics of the UX crossover intact and focused on the opportunities to build on the performance advantages unique to EVs. The UX 300e’s high-output motor provides a natural-yet-brisk acceleration.”
Lexus says the UX 300e will launch in China and Europe sometime next year, while Japan will see it sometime in 2021. At this time Lexus has no immediate plans to sell the UX 300e stateside, which means the brand’s first EV in the U.S. is still a mystery.