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