Launched in 2020, the UX 300e is a landmark vehicle for Lexus as its first all-electric model. The compact SUV shares the same instantly recognisable stylish looks as the hybrid version, a design that Lexus is now inviting people of all ages to make for themselves at home with a print-out-and-make paper kit of the car.
One of the key benefits of the UX 300e is its 196-mile EV driving range* on a full battery charge. Of course, the paper model won’t cover that distance but, just like the real thing, it will be emissions-free**.
Craftsmanship is an essential element of every Lexus, with the quality of every vehicle monitored by its highly experienced takumi craftspeople. Their regular skills testing includes folding an origami paper cat in less than 90 seconds, using their non-dominant hand.
We hope this paper model is easier to master, but you will need a colour printer, some paper glue or double-sided tape and a pair of scissors. This activity should take about an hour to complete. Top tip: when folding paper, fold it against a ruler to create a perfectly straight edge.
How to build the UX 300e paper model
Step one: download a high-resolution PDF template of the UX 300e model. There are two colour options to choose from, a Celestial Blue version and one left blank for you to add your own colour/design if you wish. If you have the option, print the document in A3 rather than A4 size, as this will make the construction easier and will produce a larger model.
Step two: using scissors, cut out the template, taking care not to cut off the tabs, outlined in blue.
Step three: fold the cut-out along all dotted lines, folding all the tabs so they line up with the underside of the adjacent panel. The model should begin to take shape (check photo 5 for reference).
Step four: finally, glue all the side tabs to their corresponding tab on the underside of the adjacent panel.
After these steps, you should have a three-dimensional shape that resembles the UX 300e.
Lexus is inviting people to share their finished models on its social media channels: