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WATCH: Lexus launches its first-ever all-electric model

AFP Relaxnews November 24,2019

At Auto Guangzhou in China, the high-end division of Toyota has unveiled its first-ever all-electric model, the Lexus UX 300e, which is due for release in France in 2020.

Based on the UX crossover, which shares much of its DNA with the Toyota C-HR, the Lexus UX 300e is equipped with a 150-kilowatt electric motor, which delivers the equivalent of 204 horsepower. However, in terms of performance it offers little out of the ordinary: with a promised acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 8.3 seconds and a maximum speed that is limited to 160 kilometers per hour. As for the range, it falls just short of 400 kilometers for a full charge.

This latest vehicle has been designed in response to the current demand in Europe and China. However, Lexus has also been keen to demonstrate that it is looking further ahead.

At the most recent Tokyo Motor Show, the brand presented its vision of the electric car of the future with the LF-30 concept: it featured a spindle shape spanning the entire length of the vehicle, gullwing doors and window glass from front to rear. The concept is the model that will likely set the tone for future Lexus electric vehicles over the next decade.

The 17th Auto Guangzhou runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, 2019. RGA

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