Lexus launches next-gen RX450h in NZ

Lexus launches next-gen RX450h in NZ

Lexus 450h fq

Lexus has introduced its new generation RX450h to the NZ market. The RX450h is set to bring more Lexus luxury to the model, beginning with a new exterior adopting the L-finesse design theme and growing in several dimensions and is available in three grades, the RX450h, RX450h SE and the top of the range RX450h Limited.

New RX450h is powered by a 3.5 litre engine and is equipped with a Lexus Hybrid Drive system, featuring a rear electric motor in addition to front electric and petrol motors combined with a new inverter with high cooling performance to raise fuel efficiency.

Fuel efficiency in the RX450h is improved considerably, with the new model achieving a combined consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, a more than 20 per cent improvement over the previous model, according to ADR81/01 combined figures, but has the power of a 4.5 litre engine.

The 2GR-FXE engine has been newly developed for the hybrid model based on the 2GR-FE engine. In this Atkinson cycle engine, the intake valves close late, delaying the beginning of compression, creating a high expansion ratio. This reduces energy losses, contributing to overall fuel efficiency. Lexus has combined the Atkinson cycle with direct ignition, quad-cam multi valves and dual variable valve timing with intelligence to optimise efficiency.

CO2 emission figures have improved by 42g/km to 150 grams per kilometre, according to the combined ADR 81/01 figures.

RX450h achieves a total system output from the engine and electric motors of 220kW. The new, hybrid-exclusive V6 3.5-litre 2GR-FXE engine with a maximum output of 183kW @ 6000rpm and maximum torque of 317Nm at 4800rpm has been adopted. The E-Four hybrid system performs regenerative braking using both the front and rear wheels during deceleration or braking.

The engine further benefits from a newly-adopted exhaust heat recovery system, which uses exhaust heat to raise the coolant temperature, reducing the time required to warm up the engine. This in turn allows the hybrid system to shut off the engine earlier, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.

The previous strut-type rear suspension has been changed to a newly developed double wishbone type suspension, improving stability and manoeuvrability and providing greater capability of driving across varied terrain. Tyre sizes remain the same on the base model with completely new 19 inch alloys on the SE and Limited models.

The rolling exterior of the previous model is discarded in favour of sharp creases and broader shoulders.

The stance is enhanced by a 55mm wider track in the front and a 65mm stretch in the rear. Overall length has increased by 30mm to 4770mm, overall width has increased by 40mm to 1885mm, with the height remaining the same at 1720mm.

The new RX450h has updated safety features. Lexus has equipped the new RX with many advanced technologies, such as the pre-crash safety system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), and advanced headlamp systems.

Optional extras available on the RX450h models include a sun roof, a Mark Levinson premium audio system, panorama roof, and full size spare wheel. A total of 10 exterior colours are available on RX450h, with a choice of three interior colours.

Pricing of the RX450h is $114,990, the SE model $124,990 and the RX450h Limited is $133,990.

Lexus 450h fq

Lexus has introduced its new generation RX450h to the NZ market. The RX450h is set to bring more Lexus luxury to the model, beginning with a new exterior adopting the L-finesse design theme and growing in several dimensions and is available in three grades, the RX450h, RX450h SE and the top of the range RX450h Limited.

New RX450h is powered by a 3.5 litre engine and is equipped with a Lexus Hybrid Drive system, featuring a rear electric motor in addition to front electric and petrol motors combined with a new inverter with high cooling performance to raise fuel efficiency.

Fuel efficiency in the RX450h is improved considerably, with the new model achieving a combined consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, a more than 20 per cent improvement over the previous model, according to ADR81/01 combined figures, but has the power of a 4.5 litre engine.

The 2GR-FXE engine has been newly developed for the hybrid model based on the 2GR-FE engine. In this Atkinson cycle engine, the intake valves close late, delaying the beginning of compression, creating a high expansion ratio. This reduces energy losses, contributing to overall fuel efficiency. Lexus has combined the Atkinson cycle with direct ignition, quad-cam multi valves and dual variable valve timing with intelligence to optimise efficiency.

CO2 emission figures have improved by 42g/km to 150 grams per kilometre, according to the combined ADR 81/01 figures.

RX450h achieves a total system output from the engine and electric motors of 220kW. The new, hybrid-exclusive V6 3.5-litre 2GR-FXE engine with a maximum output of 183kW @ 6000rpm and maximum torque of 317Nm at 4800rpm has been adopted. The E-Four hybrid system performs regenerative braking using both the front and rear wheels during deceleration or braking.

The engine further benefits from a newly-adopted exhaust heat recovery system, which uses exhaust heat to raise the coolant temperature, reducing the time required to warm up the engine. This in turn allows the hybrid system to shut off the engine earlier, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.

The previous strut-type rear suspension has been changed to a newly developed double wishbone type suspension, improving stability and manoeuvrability and providing greater capability of driving across varied terrain. Tyre sizes remain the same on the base model with completely new 19 inch alloys on the SE and Limited models.

The rolling exterior of the previous model is discarded in favour of sharp creases and broader shoulders.

The stance is enhanced by a 55mm wider track in the front and a 65mm stretch in the rear. Overall length has increased by 30mm to 4770mm, overall width has increased by 40mm to 1885mm, with the height remaining the same at 1720mm.

The new RX450h has updated safety features. Lexus has equipped the new RX with many advanced technologies, such as the pre-crash safety system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), and advanced headlamp systems.

Optional extras available on the RX450h models include a sun roof, a Mark Levinson premium audio system, panorama roof, and full size spare wheel. A total of 10 exterior colours are available on RX450h, with a choice of three interior colours.

Pricing of the RX450h is $114,990, the SE model $124,990 and the RX450h Limited is $133,990.

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