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Lexus Plotting Electric SUV?


A new trademark filing suggests an all-electric Lexus UX300e could be in development.

Toyota and Lexus were some of the first automakers to embrace hybrid technology, and yet neither automaker has an EV in their line-up. We know that Toyota is developing an EV model in a joint venture with Mazda, but it isn't expected to arrive until 2021. By then, automakers such as Mercedes, Audi, and Jaguar will have already launched rival EVs, but Toyota is hoping its solid state batteries currently in development will give it the edge over the competition.

But while Toyota seems content with expanding its range of hybrids and plug-ins for its budget-conscious buyers, a new trademark filing uncovered by AutoGuide suggests that Lexus could be developing a luxurious all-electric crossover for its wealthier consumers.

Toyota has filed an application with the European Intellectual Property Office for "UX300e". Typically, Lexus uses a lowercase 'h' to signify hybrid vehicles, so the 'e' in the name could indicate that Lexus is developing a fully electric UX crossover. Of course, automakers often file trademarks to prevent other companies from using the name, but UX300e is a very specific name, so we wouldn't be surprised if the name is used for a future production vehicle.

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Lexus hasn't outlined its EV plans yet, but the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept shown at last year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit could preview an upcoming electric UX SUV as Lexus said the small crossover concept could have a hybrid, plug-in or all-electric powertrain. If Lexus has given the UX300e the green light for production, it could possibly debut next year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show or the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.