The 2016 Lexus RX 450h is a fourth generation hybrid SUV, unveiled at the 2015 New Your Auto Show. The Japanese manufacturer has decided to work on a new model so they can compete with Tuareg from Volkswagen, Acura MDX, M-class models from Mercedes-Benz and the Ford Edge. Lexus aims at markets of Europe and United States, since they can be sure that this car will sell good in Asia. It should go on sale by the end of this year.
Exterior and Interior Redesign
According to the latest reports, the 2016 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid will be similar on the outside to its predecessor, but lots of things involving the production and design of the exterior will be different. When you take a look at this SUV, you notice that it is much different than other SUVs, since it has different design than most of its competitors. One of the changes in the production of the new model is going to be the increased use of aluminum in the production of the body parts. The company wanted to shed the overall weight of the car, so that it can have better performance and better fuel efficiency, which is very important for a hybrid. Small changes to the front of the RX 450h include new design of the headlights with large LED running daylights, new grille with chrome accents. On the back of the car, new taillights are introduced, along with the new bumper.
When it comes to the interior, the 2016 Lexus RX 450h has suffered more changes than on the inside, than on the outside. The interior of almost every Lexus is elegant, stylish and luxurious and this one is no different. The dashboard has definitely unique design with gear shift lever located just below the center of center console, unlike next to driver where it is usually located. Above the gear shift lever, are buttons for air conditioning control and large display is above. The cabin of the new RX 450h is all about luxury and comfort and since this is a mid-size SUV – there is a lot of space for five adult passengers. Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer announced that they have improved the audio system and that this model is going to have a lot more safety features than its predecessor.
Hybrid Engine, Specs, Performance
There are no official information about the engines that are going to be offered with 2016 Lexus RX 450h. However, most probably the Japanese manufacturer is going to use known Atkinson-cycle engine, that is offered with the current model. The unit in question is a 3.5L V-6 engine (that is found also in RX 350) that produces around 300 horsepower and is very fuel efficient. Given that this is a hybrid model, there is also an electric motor which adds around 22 horsepower. The system will most likely be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission.
2016 Lexus RX 450h Release Date, Price
This SUV should be hitting the retail stores around the world in the late 2015. The price of the 2016 Lexus RX 450h is yet to be announced, but the expected price of the base model should be around $50,000.
In the photo gallery below, you can see more pictures of the upcoming hybrid SUV. It has some really nice stuff inside.