Prices and full specification for the new Lexus RX 450h have been announced. On sale now, the range kicks off from £44,495 for the RX450h SE, and rises to £55,495 for the RX450h Premier.
For the first time, the revised line-up includes an F Sport model. Costing £51,995, the F Sport has a wealth of sports-themed style features, and is engineered for better handling.
At the heart of the RX450h F Sport’s appeal is the Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
This unique drivetrain combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a powerful electric motor, and for the first time offers Sport, Normal, Eco and EV (electric only) drive modes, all of which are available to the driver at the touch of a button.
Sport mode has been specifically tuned to deliver greater electric motor power, helping maximise the RX 450h’s performance and agility.
It also winds back the operation of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) systems, allowing drivers to fully exploit their car’s performance.
The new engine offers 299hp along with the fuel economy equivalent to a 4-cylinder diesel and the lowest CO2 emissions in its class, just 140g/km.
New front and rear suspension offers improved body movement control and soaks up more noise and vibration.
The arrangement has already proved itself in the CT 200h and promises a more rewarding drive, as well as added comfort.
Inside, the F Sport-specific features include Lexus-branded kick-plates, a sports pedal set, dedicated stitched and perforated leather upholstery, F Sport steering wheel and a black roof lining.
Standard equipment includes a new head-up display, F-Sport dark-finish 19-inch alloys and LED headlights. The lights come with Lexus’s I-AFS system, which automatically angles the light beams in line with the vehicle’s turning angle through bends and junctions.
Extra features have been added across the new RX range, starting with the SE which has new LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, perforated leather upholstery and a new steering wheel – complete with a new selector switch for the EV, Eco and new Sport drive modes. Switching to new Sport mode sharpens up throttle and steering response and slightly adjusts the stability and traction controls system so you can enjoy a more involving drive.
Luxury grade gains the same new features, plus dark-chrome 19-inch alloys and an upgrade to the 12-speaker audio system with a new DVD player and DAB digital tuner. And at the top of the range, the Premier version has a new tilt/slide sunroof and head-up display.
There are new exterior colours to choose from and new interior trims and leathers, too. And true to Lexus’s famous attention to detail, pinpoint improvements have been made, from the action of the Remote Touch controller (now even more like a computer mouse to use), to the opening angle of the centre console box.
Thanks to the high efficiency and smooth, refined performance the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, the new RX 450h retains its highly competitive fuel economy and low emissions performance.
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In terms of design, the RX450h is the first Lexus to reach the road with the new “spindle” front grille treatment that’s set to be a hallmark feature of future Lexus models – including this summer’s new GS.
The RX450h F Sport also stands apart from the rest of the RX range with its deeper, more upright front bumper, and dedicated F Sport mesh grilles.