Following the 2005 launch of ground-breaking RX 400h, new Lexus RX 450h introduces the second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology to the RX model range.
On sale from mid-2009, the new full hybrid crossover is the high-performance flagship of the RX range, which now enters its third-generation as the world's best-selling premium crossover.
RX 450h shares its predecessor's series/parallel hybrid drivetrain configuration, employing a highly efficient, 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two powerful electric motors working in tandem to provide an 'intelligent' electric four-wheel drive capability.
However, comprehensive enhancements to every aspect of the new crossover's Lexus Hybrid Drive system have effected a 10 per cent increase in engine power, a 23 per cent reduction in fuel consumption* to just 6.3L/100km, and remarkably low CO2 emissions of just 148g/km.
RX 450h's emissions figures are significantly lower than any other competitor model in the premium crossover class, including the best-performing diesels. It will also outperform the great majority of all conventional models throughout the SUV/crossover segment.
New RX 450h combines the powerful, aerodynamic road presence of a pioneering crossover with the most compact possible packaging. Reflecting a further, significant evolution of the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy, it brings together the two seemingly contradictory ideas of a 'robust, muscular stance' and 'elegance and intelligence'.
On board, an all-new Crossover Cockpit design showcases numerous advanced features such as a Head-Up Display, a steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch and Lexus Remote Touch -a multi-function device that operates on the same principles as a computer mouse to offer simple, intuitive control over the new crossover's audio, navigation, climate, phone and vehicle set-up systems.
Combining class-leading body strength with advanced safety innovations and driver support systems, new RX 450h sets standards for active, passive and preventive safety.
The new crossover features Lexus' unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, a Pre-Crash Safety system which sets a new benchmark for anticipatory safety, active headrests and ten airbags, including an award-winning, dual-stage, twin-chamber front passenger airbag.
*Preliminary fuel and emissions figures based on European cycle, final Australian fuel and C02 figures may vary slightly.
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