The Lexus RX 450h SUV will be the first car from Toyota’s luxury vehicle division in the Indian market.
December 26, 2016 – Toyota’s luxury arm, Lexus is all set to mark its entry in the Indian market early next year. The company will introduce three models simultaneously – Lexus RX450h, Lexus ES300h and Lexus LX. In fact, Toyota has begun taking pre-orders for the vehicles across the country. And deliveries will be commenced in March next year. Lexus will set up its first dealership in Mumbai prior to official launch of these models.
Toyota has already imported a batch of the RX450h for demo and test drive purposes in India. This also indicates that this will be the first model to arrive under the Lexus brand. The Lexus RX 450h will be initially launched only with a hybrid powertrain, while the diesel variant will come at a later stage. Read More – Lexus Cars In India – Hybrid Cars To Come First
|Minimum||Rs 80 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 85 lakh|
Initially, the RX450h will be imported to India as CBU (Completely Built-Up Unit). However, the company also plans to assemble its products at Toyota’s Bidadi facility in Karnataka. This hybrid SUV will be a beneficiary of the central government’s FAME tax incentive. However, in other states (except Delhi) it will cost much higher as an imported unit. In India, this hybrid car could be priced between Rs 80 lakh to Rs 85 lakh (on-road).
The company will open its first dealership in Mumbai by the end of this year. The market launch of this hybrid car is likely to take place early next year, possibly in March 2017.
|Engine||3.5L, V6 Petrol + Electric Motor|
Power for the RX 450h comes from a 3.5-litre, V6 petrol engine that is coupled to an electric motor. The hybrid mill pushes out a peak power of 300bhp and 361Nm of torque. Transmitting power to the wheels is an 8-speed automatic transmission. The global-spec model is available with two drivetrains – Front Wheel and All-Wheel. We expect that the India-spec model will come with an AWD setup.
Dimensions of this five seater luxury SUV measure 4,890mm in length, 1,895mm in width and 1,690mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,790mm. The 2017 model is 120mm longer, 10mm wider and 35mm lower than the previous generation model, while the wheelbase has been increased by 50mm. The car has a ground clearance of 195mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions.
Wearing a new Lexus corporate “spindle” grille, automatic headlamps and 18-inch alloys (20-inch optional), the 2017 RX 450h looks quite aggressive. Inside, the SUV has a premium appeal with solid materials, “T” shape dashboard with aluminum and wood inserts. Feature-wise, it’s quite a loaded one.
The SUV comes equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled audio system with 9-speakers, 8-inch touchscreen display with an integrated rear camera monitor, an electronic park brake, 10-way power-adjustable front seats. a 40/20/40-split and reclining rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc.
The company will also offer a range of premium/luxury packages that include leather upholstery, a heated wood-and-leather trimmed steering wheel, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, powered thigh extension for the driver’s seat, etc. For passenger safety and security, there are dual front, front knee, front and rear side, and side curtain airbags, and traction and stability control system, EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and tire-pressure monitoring system.
Furthermore, it also gets pre-collision automation with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, LED headlamps, intelligent high-beams, lane departure warning and lane keep assist as an optional safety features.