New Lexus RX: a collection of technologies

New Lexus RX: a collection of technologies

The pioneer of premium hybrid SUVs, the Lexus RX is entering its fifth generation. An all-new version that includes an unprecedented plug-in hybrid engine.

With more than 3.5 million units sold since its launch, the Lexus RX is one of the flagship models of Toyota’s flagship brand. It appeared in 1998 and is now included in the “Lexus Electrified” strategy, unfolds in detail for its fifth generation.

Without breaking the DNA of its predecessor, the new Lexus RX changes little in its dimensions. The SUV gains 6 cm in wheelbase (2.85 m) while maintaining a height of 4.89 m. On the contrary, its roof line has decreased by 10 mm and its width has increased by 25 mm.

Height 4,890 0
Height 1,920 +25
Height 1,710 -10
The base of the wheels 2,850 +60
Front track 1,650 +15
Back track 1,675 +50
The front side 1,080 0
Rear installation 960 -60

In terms of style, the changes are largely concentrated in the front. The RX grille now sits next to the Lexus RZ 450e, the brand’s first electric SUV with a dedicated platform. Encircled, surrounded by headlights that are both shorter and more protruding.

The back is also changing. As in the new Lexus NX, two optics are now combined with a wide light strip.

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Updated interior

Inside, the new Lexus RX has been re-inspired by the brand’s latest designs. With a large touch screen with a diagonal of 14 inches – one of the largest in its class – it inherits the new generation of the manufacturer’s multimedia system, which is particularly distinguished by the “Hey Lexus” voice assistant. Added to this is smartphone connectivity and wireless Apple CarPlay (wired on Android). An inductive charging device is also available as standard. It is 50% faster than the previous one.

Two new hybrid engines, including one rechargeable

With the arrival of its new SUV, Lexus is upgrading many of its engines. Now based on the GA-K platform, which is already used on board the NX, this new generation RX now has two electric motors in France.

Focused on performance, the new Lexus RX 500h is the brand’s first hybrid model to benefit. of a supercharged engine. With a 2.4 turbo four-cylinder, it develops 371 hp of power and 645 Nm of torque. What to bring down from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 6 seconds.

But the biggest novelty remains the arrival of a rechargeable hybrid version. The first in the RX series! With 306 horsepower, the Lexus RX 450h+ will be the best-selling version in Western Europe. With a battery with a capacity of 18.1 kWh, it advertises up to 65 kilometers of autonomy in electric mode. Reduced to 1.2 l/100 km, or 26 g of CO2/km, consumption entitles you to a series of tax benefits, especially for professionals.

Version Technology Powerful
Lexus RX500h Hybrid 371 hp
Lexus RX450h+ Plug-in hybrid 306 hp

A plug-in hybrid, the new Lexus RX 450h+ offers up to 65 kilometers of range in electric mode.

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 releasing a limited series with many accessories.

Based on the RX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid in its highest (Executive) trim, the Lexus RX Opéra de Paris includes a number plate with the logo of the Opéra national de Paris, the first Mark Levinson 5909 loudspeaker as well as seats two. attending performances at the Paris Opera, for which Lexus is the Official Car.

Limited to 50 copies, this exclusive edition is available from €98,500.

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