Lexus reveals the new RX 450h
Lexus will take its advanced hybrid power technology to a higher level in 2009 with the launch of the new RX 450h. The luxury all-wheel drive model made its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, ahead of going on sale in Europe next summer.
In the UK the new-generation RX will be an all-hybrid range, with the RX 450h replacing both the current RX 400h hybrid and RX 350 petrol engine models. Lexus was the first and remains the only manufacturer to offer hybrid models in the segment in Europe, now presenting its second generation model before its rivals manage to bring their first hybrid contenders to the showroom.
NEW LEXUS RX 450H REVEALED – FACTS ABOUT LEXUS
Further details about the new Lexus RX 450h will be announced early next year.
The current RX 400h already addresses the prime concerns of today’s motorists, applying advanced technology to deliver high performance and whisper quiet refinement, combined with excellent fuel and emissions efficiency.
Priced from £36,273 and available from Lexus Centres across the UK, the RX 400h gives great fuel consumption (34.9mpg combined cycle) and carbon dioxide emissions (192g/km) that earn a low tax rating. It all adds up to make the RX 400h as cost efficient to own and run as a smaller family car.
The newest editions of the best-selling Lexuses on the planet have arrived–and for the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and hybrid 2010 Lexus RX 450h, the buzzwords are “don’t rock the boat.”
The new crossover’s shape is clearly related to the outgoing model, though the faster rear pillar and more creased fenders give the new RX a little sharper visual appeal. It’s inside where the more radical changes have taken place; Toyota’s stylists are on a mission to chop their center consoles into visual pieces, and the RX doesn’t escape the treatment, with a Tundra-like curve that separates driving controls in metallic trim from the passenger-side plastic trim. The hybrid RX has some distinctive touches like a new grille and front bumper, blue-tinted headlamps, blue-trimmed Lexus logos and an option for LED headlights.
FACTS ON LEXUS
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in the United States, where Lexus has become the highest-selling make of luxury cars, today Lexus brand name vehicles are available throughout the world. In 2005, the Lexus marque launched in Japan, marking the continued global expansion of the luxury division.
Lexus originated from a clandestine flagship sedan project which began in 1983. This effort developed into the original Lexus LS, which was the first vehicle to wear the Lexus marque upon its launch in 1989. In following years, Lexus added sedan, coupe, and SUV models. Hybrid drivetrains arrived in 2005, and the F-marque performance division debuted in 2007. From the start of production, Lexus vehicles have been consistently produced in Japan, with manufacturing centered in the Ch?bu and Ky?sh? regions. Assembly of the first Lexus built outside the country, the Ontario, Canada-produced RX, began in 2003.
Since 1989, Lexus has developed a reputation for vehicle reliability and customer service, as measured by independent surveys. In 2008, consumer ratings firm J.D. Power and Associates named Lexus the most reliable brand in the U.S. for the fourteenth year based on its Vehicle Dependability Survey, a measure of over 53,000 vehicle owners and problems experienced in the first three years of vehicle ownership. Through 2008, Consumer Reports has also named Lexus among the top five most reliable brands in its Annual Car Reliability Surveys of over one million vehicles across the U.S