2017 Lexus RX 450h Review, Release Date

Among the highest selling SUVs in the States, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h was scheduled for a remodel if not an overhaul since 2012. The 4th generation of this model has been announced by the Japanese luxury automaker division branched under Toyota with an attempt to cement their strong position in SUV segment.

2017 Lexus RX 450h - front

2017 Lexus RX 450h – Innovations in the Dashboard, Storage and Safety Features

  1. 40/20/40 split
  2. 8 inch Dash screen
  3. Siri Eyes Free Connectivity

Some of the confirmed features which come as standard, unlike before in the 2017 Lexus RX 450h. It is one of the most anticipated re-releases of Lexus in its segment. Primary customers being upper-middle-class families, luxury and an upscale cabin are fundamental taglines which the company would aim to portray. Features which made previous models the range pacers will be included in this model with some upgrades ranging from the interiors to the exteriors.

The distinct front fascia with huge black grille and its sharply edged headlamps will be sharpened further. Body Length will be purportedly increased for more cabin space and luggage space. Another distinct feature i.e. floating rear roof spoiler will gain further prominence. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 20-inch alloys as options.

The interiors will come with Lexus’ NuLuxe faux-leather material as standard. Two rows of seats with a seating capacity of 5 including the infotainment and accommodation feature following up on the previous generation models.

Safety Features?

This is a yet unanswered question of whether Lexus Safety System+ will be included into the minimal package by default into this model. This feature was included as an addendum in the previous generations and customers might expect the feature to be included within the introductory base model.

2017 Lexus RX 450h - interior

2017 Lexus RX 450h – Modifications in the Engine

In addition, the forte of this Lexus RX 450h 2017 performance lies in its fuel economy. Power unit variants have not been released by the manufacturer. Regenerative braking and subsequent electric motors give this model a 160kg extra weight compared to Lexus RX 350. However, it provides a sufficient boost to its mileage which is said to be best in class and mentioned before.

  1. Engine Specs- 5 liter V6
  2. Output- 280hp+249 lb-ft/308hp+280 lb-ft-[Expected]
  3. Transmission- 6/8 speed Auto, FWD/AWDand Variable Auto.
  4. Sprint- 9 seconds [0-60 mph]
  5. Hybrid Specs- Nickel-Hydride Batteries [Specs not mentioned]

Lexus insists on customers opting for premium grade 91-octane gasoline. AWD models may include dual batteries on both the wheel sets working on the same principle of breaking. It is to be mentioned though that the battery is not a plug-in battery, which means it is not a plug-in hybrid.

2017 Lexus RX 450h - rear

2017 Lexus RX 450h – Expected MSRP, Availability, and Competition

In conclusion, the BMW X5, Infiniti EX70, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lincoln MKX- premium SUVs are a bustling segment. But as far as stand-out features are concerned, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h has the best-in-class mileage and offers ample space in touch with its rivals. Performance although at par, is a consideration given its strong point is an economy. Finally, it is highly likely that 2017 Lexus RX 450h will be holding onto its customers and expanding it even more so.

Price- $44,000-$60,000
Release Date- Fall 2016

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