The Lexus’s mid-size crossover SUV known as the Lexus RX is available in several trims including a hybrid RX 450h. What is the most surprising news about the new 2018 Lexus RX 450h is its price? Instead of the expected increase in its price, the hybrid model will now arrive with a more affordable price. That won’t be the case with the rest of the lineup where we can expect it to be a bit higher.
The Lexus RX will be available in several trims including the base RX, RX 350 L, RX 350F Sport, RX 450h and RX 450h F Sport. So, like we can conclude the hybrid powertrain will be available in RX F Sport and RX 450h model. Furthermore, the carmaker has introduced an optional third row which will be suitable for larger families especially. What you will like the most about the new Lexus RX 450h is its spacious and refined interior, a great hybrid engine with excellent fuel economy and lots of safety equipment.
2018 Lexus RX 450h engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h will be placed a hybrid engine which will be more fuel efficient than the rest of the lineup. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine combined with electric motors and batteries. The total output of this unit will be 259 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The traditional engine will power the front wheels while the electric motors will power the rear ones. The engine will pair with a continuously variable transmission. The all-wheel-drive system will be standard.
On the other hand, the standard model will use the same 3.5-liter V-6 only. This one will be able to generate 295 horses and 267 pound-feet of torque. This unit will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As for the fuel economy, the hybrid version is rated at 31 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. The RX 350 model will get 20/27/23 mpg with FWD. With all-wheel drive it is estimated to be 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
The exterior of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h will be the same as the one of the current model. It looks attractive, handsome and very modern. The front end features the brand’s well-known large spindle grille and a pair of sharp and narrow LED headlamps. The rear end is also nicely sculpted with modern touches and lines.
The interior of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h will be very cozy, luxurious and pleasant. The front passengers will enjoy wide, comfortable and very supportive seats. The rear-seat passengers will also get plenty of room and comfort. This time, the carmaker will add the optional third-row seats so it will be able to accommodate up to seven or eight passengers. The dashboard will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system. The standard equipment will include power front seats, power features, LED headlamps, USB, Bluetooth, audio system with nine speakers and so on. Furthermore, some of the optional equipment will be a panoramic roof, navigation, blind-spot monitors and heated and ventilated seats.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus RX 450h is ready to go on sale. Speaking of the price, it will start at around $46,690.