Pascal Ruch, TME vice president in charge of Lexus Europe, said: “All future development will be based on the principle of leveraging electrification to reinvent the driving experience. We want our vehicles to be truly enjoyable to drive.”

A photo of a blue Lexus UX 300e plug-in hybrid SUV.
Lexus is testing the augmented gearbox on a UX 300e.
Image: Lexus

The Japanese automaker has already built a working prototype based on its UX300e electric crossover. In the test vehicle, engineers have mapped the engine and transmission feel of a petrol engine. The test car also has a rev counter and could one day be fitted with motors in the seats and other interior features to help recreate the rumble and feel of an engine.

It all sounds very cool, and could be a fun way to stay engaged in the experience of driving an EV.


But what do you think? Does the fact that it’s not affecting the drive sway you one way or the other? Or, are you happy that you’ll be able to play at manual driving without having to worry about ever stalling?