After 25 years on the U.S. market, the Lexus RX plugs in. Though we received to briefly drive the Lexus RX 450h+ final yr together with the remainder of the brand new RX lineup, full particulars weren’t obtainable because it would not be occurring sale till the 2024 mannequin yr. Famous by the plus signal on the finish of the identify, its plug-in hybrid powertrain is identical primary unit discovered within the Lexus NX 450h+, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine helped by two electrical motors. They mix for about 300 horsepower and all-wheel drive. As to the battery, Lexus did not give a kilowatt-hour determine. We had been advised final yr it was an 18.1-kWh pack, that determine’s been become the imprecise “high-capacity” within the press launch, so there may need been some revision. The efficiency specs level to an unchanged unit. Carrying a tad extra weight than the NX, the RX 450h+ will get to 60 miles per hour in an estimated 6.2 seconds and goes an estimated 35 miles on a cost, these numbers 0.2 second above and two miles beneath the NX 450h+.
Refilling the battery takes “roughly two-and-a-half hours” by way of the 6.6-kW onboard charger when plugged right into a 240V wall outlet, the utmost present allowed. Lexus will promote the RX 450h+ with a Degree 1 cable meant for a 120V outlet.
Though the non-plug-in RX 500h F Sport Efficiency is extra highly effective, the RX 450h+ goes to the highest of the MSRP desk. It begins at $70,080 after vacation spot, $6,230 greater than the RX 500h. The PHEV solely is available in top-grade Luxurious trim, so patrons can anticipate loads of goodies to come back customary: Perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed inside, heated wooden and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated and ventilated energy driver/entrance/rear passenger seats, Lexus Reminiscence System, panoramic roof, themed ambient lighting, roof rails, and 21-inch, 20-spoke wheels with a darkish premium metallic end.
Eight exterior colours can be found: Caviar, Cloudburst Grey, Copper Crest, Eminent White Pearl, Iridium, Matador Pink Mica, Dusk Mica, and Nori Inexperienced Pearl. The inside may be performed up in both Macadamia, Black, or Peppercorn, with trim in both Ash Bamboo or black open pore. Lexus Security System 3.0+ means tech like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Highway Signal Help, and Lane Departure Warning with Steering Help.
Lexus says the 2024 RX 450h+ will likely be in dealerships by the tip of the yr.