Second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology introduced to RX model range.Following the 2005 launch of the ground-breaking RX 400h, the new Lexus RX 450h introduces second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology to the RX model range.
RX 450h AT A GLANCE*:
- 23% reduction in fuel consumption
- 10% increase in power
- C02 148g/km
On sale from mid 2009, the new full hybrid crossover is the high-performance flagship of the RX range, which now enters its third generation as the world's best-selling premium crossover.
The RX 450h shares its predecessor's series/parallel hybrid drivetrain configuration, employing a highly efficient, 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine and two powerful electric motors working in tandem to provide an intelligent electric four-wheel drive capability.
However, comprehensive enhancements to every aspect of the new crossover's Lexus Hybrid Drive system have effected a 10% increase in engine power, a 23% reduction in fuel consumption* to just 6.3L/100km, and remarkably low CO2 emissions of just 148g/km.
The RX 450h's emissions figures are significantly lower than any other competitor model in the premium crossover class, including the best- performing diesels. It will also outperform the great majority of all conventional models throughout the SUV/crossover segment.
The new RX 450h combines the powerful, aerodynamic road presence of a pioneering crossover with the most compact possible packaging. Reflecting a further, significant evolution of the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy, it brings together the two seemingly contradictory ideas of a 'robust, muscular stance' and 'elegance and intelligence'.
On board, an all-new Crossover Cockpit design showcases numerous advanced features such as a Head-Up Display, a steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch and Lexus Remote Touch - a multi-function device which operates on the same principles as a computer mouse to offer simple, intuitive control over the new crossoverâ€™s audio, navigation, climate, phone and vehicle set-up systems.
Combining class-leading body strength with advanced safety innovations and driver support systems, the new RX 450h sets standards for active, passive and preventive safety.
The new crossover features Lexus' unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, a Pre-Crash Safety system which sets a new benchmark for anticipatory safety, active headrests and ten airbags, including an award winning, dual stage, twin-chamber front passenger airbag.
*Preliminary fuel and emissions figures based on European cycle, final Australian fuel and C02 figures may vary slightly.