Lexus have been successful at selling hybrids and plug-in hybrids, but their lineup lacks a proper battery-electric model.
However, that could soon change for the luxury auto brand, as a new trademark filing, discovered by AutoGuide, might signal the arrival of a zero-emission UX.
Toyota is looking to secure the UX300e moniker with the European Intellectual Property Office. And while sometimes automakers trademark different names to prevent the competition from using them, Lexus’ naming scheme scheme tells us that an electric UX might be on the cards.
So far, Lexus hasn’t announced its intention of launching an electric crossover. Nevertheless, the LF-1 Limitless Concept that was presented at the 2018 NAIAS was said to have either a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or even an electric powertrain. Thus, this could’ve been the firm’s way of initially teasing such a model.
AutoGuide reports that the UX300e will probably launch next year, hinting at either a Geneva Motor Show or Frankfurt Motor Show reveal, in spring or fall, respectively. The vehicle, however, allegedly won’t be available in the U.S.
We reached out to Lexus hoping for an official confirmation, or other information about the rumored UX300e, but (unsurprisingly) their response was that they “do not comment on future possible production plans”.
Note: Lexus UX 250h pictured