Lexus RX, the pioneer of premium hybrid SUVs, introduces its fifth generation. The new version, rich in innovations, includes an unprecedented rechargeable hybrid engine.
The Lexus RX, one of the flagship models of the Toyota Group’s premium brand, has sold more than 3.5 million units since launch. Introduced in 1998 and now integrated into strategy “Lexus Electrified”, it is comprehensively developing for its fifth generation.
Without breaking the DNA of its predecessor, the new Lexus RX evolves slightly in size. The SUV increased the wheelbase by 6 cm (2.85 m) while maintaining the length of 4.89 m. Conversely, its roofline was lowered by 10 mm and the width increased by 25 mm.
|DIMENSIONS (mm)||NEW RECEPTION||DIFFERENCE compared to the current RX|
In terms of styling, the changes are mostly focused on the front end. The RX grille is now closer to the Lexus RZ 450e, the brand’s first all-electric SUV with a dedicated platform. Shrinking, he’s surrounded headlights that are more compact and sharper.
The back is also changing. As on the new Lexus NX, the two optics are now combined with a wide light strip.
The interior of the new Lexus RX is again inspired by the brand’s latest models. Equipped with a large 14-inch touchscreen – one of the largest in its class – it inherits the manufacturer’s latest generation of multimedia system, featuring in particular the “Hey Lexus” voice assistant. Added to this is the connection of the smartphone to a wireless device for Apple CarPlay (wired on Android). An inductive charger is also available as standard. It is 50% faster than the previous one.
Two new hybrid engines, including one rechargeable
With the advent of its new SUV, Lexus is expanding its engine lineup. Based on the GA-K platform already on board the NX, this new generation of RX now has two electrified engines in France.
The performance-focused new Lexus RX 500h is the brand’s first hybrid model to benefit supercharged engine. Equipped with a 2.4 turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it develops 371 hp. and a torque of 645 Nm. What to bring down from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 6 seconds.
But the biggest novelty remains the introduction of a rechargeable hybrid version. For the first time in the RX line! With 306 horsepower, the Lexus RX 450h+ will be the best-selling version in Western Europe. Equipped with an 18.1 kWh battery, it provides up to 65 kilometers of battery life in electric mode. Reduced fuel consumption to 1.2 l/100 km or 26 g CO2/km entitles you to a number of tax benefits, especially for professionals.
|Lexus RX500h||Hybrid||371 HP|
|Lexus RX450h+||Plug-in hybrid||306 HP|
Lexus RX Opéra de Paris: Exclusive Launch Series!
Production of the new Lexus RX will begin next October. To celebrate its launch, the manufacturer is offering a retooled limited edition.
Based on the RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid in the most prestigious trim (Executive), the Lexus RX Opéra de Paris features a number plate with the Paris National Opera logo, a Mark Levinson 5909 premium audio headset, and two seats. attend a performance at the Paris Opera, whose official car is Lexus.
This exclusive edition, limited to only 50 copies, can be purchased starting at 98,500 euros.