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35 electrical miles, 35 mpg, due late 2023


Lexus on Tuesday revealed launch timing and specs for the first-ever plug-in hybrid model of its RX mid-size crossover.

The 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ will arrive at U.S. dealerships on the finish of 2023 with a base value of $70,080 (together with vacation spot). That buys a Lexus-estimated, EPA-cycle 35 miles of electrical vary. Gasoline economic system, once more only a producer estimate, is predicted to be 35 mpg mixed (36 mpg metropolis, 33 mpg freeway).

A variant of the fifth-generation Lexus RX that debuted final 12 months as a 2023 mannequin, the RX 450h+ is Lexus’ second plug-in hybrid, following the smaller NX 450h+ that launched for 2022. The 2 fashions share a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine and 18.1-kwh battery pack, however the NX is EPA-rated at 37 miles of electrical vary.

2024 Lexus RX 450h+

2024 Lexus RX 450h+

 

Inexperienced Automotive Studies drove a European-market model of the RX 450h+ in 2022 and likewise discovered it behaved like a considerably bigger, much less agile model of the NX plug-in hybrid. With 304 hp accessible, although, Lexus nonetheless estimates a decent 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds for the all-wheel drive RX plug-in hybrid.

Lexus additionally sells the fifth-generation RX with typical and hybrid powertrains—together with a performance-oriented RX 500h F Sport Efficiency mannequin with a sportier Direct4 hybrid system. However the place that model combines a standard computerized transmission with a high-output rear motor, inverter, and discount gearbox, the plug-in hybrid system relies on the the long-established Toyota/Lexus planetary hybrid system.

Utilizing the usual 6.6-kw onboard charger, Lexus estimates a full recharge will take roughly two and a half hours. DC quick charging is not accessible.

2024 Lexus RX 450h+

2024 Lexus RX 450h+

 

Lexus has not less than yet one more plug-in hybrid on the way in which. The 2024 Lexus TX 550h+ is a plug-in model of the brand new TX three-row crossover aiming for 33 electrical miles and greater than 30 mpg after that. The TX plug-in hybrid will pair Toyota’s planetary hybrid system with a V-6 engine, although, for a complete system output of 406 hp. Different variations of the TX will attain dealerships this fall, with the plug-in hybrid arriving at a later date, Lexus mentioned on the crossover’s unveiling in June.

For now, the one all-electric mannequin within the Lexus lineup is the RZ crossover, with deliveries trickling out at a really sluggish fee.

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