The new 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid has been spotted during its testing on public roads wearing camouflage. However, it seems that the 2019 model year will bring only subtle changes which will mostly be visible on the rear end of the vehicle. In the terms of technology, it is very likely that the carmaker will rearrange it with some changes in options and standard equipment which could make the RX model more affordable this time. Under the hood, the RX will return with the same powertrain.
Engine and performance of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid
On the engine front, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid won’t bring any changes this time. So, it will return with the same hybrid engine under its hood. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 unit combined with an electric motor of 123 kWh. The gasoline unit is able to make 259 hp while the total output of the hybrid engine will be 308 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a continuously variable transmission and will come standard with all-wheel drive configuration. As for the fuel economy, it will get 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
On the other hand, the extended version RX 450hL will have the same horsepower. However, it will be rated at 29 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
We have caught the newest 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid during its testing and wearing camouflage. However, the 2019 model year will get just some mild upgrades. And judging by the position of the coverings, this time we can only expect some changes on the taillights. So, the upcoming RX will feature the same attractive styling with sharp edges, massive spindle grille and elongated angular headlamps which dominate the front fascia. The RX L model will be longer for 4.3 inches from the standard model as its forerunner.
Inside, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid will come with the luxurious and well-equipped cabin. It offers plenty of head and leg room for all the passengers. And the RXL model comes with standard three-row seating configuration and can welcome up to seven passengers. In the RXL Hybrid model, the second row comes with standard captain’s chairs. The cargo room is also very good and there is the room of more than 18 cubic feet. However, with the rear seats folded down, it expands to more than 56 cubes.
Equipment of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid
The 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid comes standard with 18-inch wheels, power front seats, leather upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, power features, roof rails, wood trim, USB port, Bluetooth, an audio system with 9 speakers. Some of the optional equipment will include navigation, heated and ventilated seats, panoramic roof, blind-spot monitors, Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, and a larger12.3-inch touchscreen.
Release date and price
It is not yet officially confirmed, but the 2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid should be presented at the end of the year, or perhaps at the beginning of the next. Its price is expected to be around $54,000.