The RX 450h (second generation) made its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show next to the RX 350. The car will go on sale in the spring of 2009.
The RX 450h will feature an exclusive grille, hybrid badging including blue-trimmed Lexus logos, unique front bumper, a special 19-inch optional wheel design, blue-tinted headlamps and taillamps, and optional LED headlamps.
Under the hood there is a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.
The RX 450h features a front-wheel hybrid drive or an electronically driven, part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) hybrid drive system, which supplies the rear wheels with the optimal amount of torque as conditions demand. Unlike mechanical AWD systems that reduce fuel efficiency via added weight and friction, the RX 450h’s rear-mounted electric motor-generator allows all four wheels to perform regenerative braking, charging the hybrid battery more effectively.
UPDATE 11/06/2010: Check out our review for the RX 450h hybrid by clicking here!
Lexus announced prices for the 2010 RX 450h hybrid SUV and 2010 IS250C and IS350C retractable hardtop convertibles. The RX450h will go on sale for a price of f $41,660 for the FWD version and $43,250 for the AWD version. The prices for the 2010 IS250C will start from $38,490 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C with a six-speed automatic transmission will be $39,660. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $43,940.
The 2010 RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle engine combined to a lighter electric motors. It delivers 295 hp and has a fuel economy of 30 mpg combined.
The IS 250C features a 2.5-liter, 204-hp V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the IS350C contains a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V6 with a six-speed automatic.
The 2010 Lexus RX 350 will go on sale this month at a price of $36,800 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) model and $38,200 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) version.
The 2010 RX 350 teams a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine with an all-new six-speed Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission. Horsepower is increased to 275 at 6,200 rpm from 270 in the previous generation, while ninety percent or more of the 256 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm, an optimal range where torque is most utilized. The new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous five-speed, and the Multi-Mode allows the driver to shift manually when desired by first moving the gated shift lever to the “S” slot and then pushing it forward ("+") to up shift and backward ("-") to downshift.
Our Japanese is a little rusty, so we haven’t been able to lift any new technical details yet. What we do get is a sense of how close Lexus kept the new car to the LF-Xh hybrid concept revealed at last year’s Tokyo Auto Show. The new RX carries the new Lexus corporate look, which Lexus calls "L-finesse" styling. Still, even after a redesign, the RX hasn’t changed too much from when it first arrived in the U.S. over a decade ago.
Lexus confirmed today that the 2010 RX will make its world debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The design of the 2010 RX will not stray too far from the current design, which didn’t stray too far from the original 1997 design. The updates to look of the RX will likely be inspired by the Lexus LF-Xh hybrid Concept revealed last year at the Tokyo Show (using Lexus’ "L-finesse" style.)
Not much is known about the technical details, except that the next generation will continue to receive a hybrid version. When we know more, you’ll know more.
Auto Motor und Sport caught the 2009 Lexus RX testing at the Nurburgring race track. This should say a lot about the future of the original crossover SUV, because most SUVs don’t take the time to be able to say "tested at the Nurburgring".
The base engine will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 introduced this year in the current RX 350. Top version will be powered by a 380 hp 4.6-liter V8 engine used in the recently introduced LS 460 sedan.
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After creating a new segment in 1997, the Lexus RX went on to become the best-selling luxury SUV in the world. The improvements introduced to the 2006 model bring additional dynamism and refinement that will consolidate the dominant position of RX in the global SUV market.
Ever since the Lexus RX 400h debuted at the North American International Auto Show, this Lexus hybrid has continued to generate interest among consumers.
"The new RX 400h redefines the midsize luxury SUV market while raising awareness and acceptance of hybrid gas-electric vehicles among luxury car and SUV buyers," said Denny Clements, Lexus group vice president and general manager. He goes on to state that the Lexus hybrid SUV will add a performance dimension to the traditional hybrid advantages of high mileage and low emissions.