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RX 450h

THE REVOLUTIONARY RX 450h FULL HYBRID PROVIDES DYNAMIC POWER, CROSSOVER LUXURY AND INCREDIBLE ECONOMY.


Total power (DIN hp) 299
CO2 emissions, combined (g/km) 140
Fuel consumption, combined (l/100km) 6,0
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 8,2
Maximum speed (km/h) 180
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PIONEERING CROSSOVER

THE REVOLUTIONARY RX 450h FULL HYBRID PROVIDES DYNAMIC POWER, CROSSOVER LUXURY AND INCREDIBLE ECONOMY

For the latest RX 450h and RX 450h F SPORT we challenged ourselves with creating the best, most innovative, luxury crossover ever built. Featuring a bolder exterior centred on a Lexus signature ‘spindle grille’ and advanced technologies like Remote Touch and Head-Up Display, it’s an extraordinarily enjoyable crossover to drive. To achieve this, we tuned it at the Nürburgring, proving – quite literally – that we don’t stop until we create amazing. In its superbly tranquil and comfortable cabin, the RX 450h will keep you relaxed, even on long journeys. The sumptuous driver’s seat offers extensive electric adjustments while, for ease of entry, it also slides back and the steering wheel retracts. Rear seats slide too, but also recline or fold for extra comfort and space. Exquisitely stitched leather is available on all RX 450h models with the finest semi-aniline leather upholstery reserved for Luxury grade versions. Gentle lighting illuminates the start button and gearshift, and storage compartments open and close with the calming motion of a traditional Japanese sliding door.

The award-winning quality of our RX crossover begins at the Kyushu plant, where production is overseen by Lexus ‘Takumi’ master craftspeople. Inside the plant, we assemble our cars in clean room conditions; employees wear pocketless, anti-static clothing and wash their shoes before entering the line. A water screen – nicknamed Niagara – reduces particles ever further. Gleaming paintwork is produced by hand sanding each foundation coat (a time-consuming process normally reserved for coach-built cars). Finally, to check for leaks, every RX undergoes a special ‘typhoon test’ in a high-pressure water chamber.

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RX 450h FWD Comfort

  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) daytime running lights
  • 18" alloy wheels, 5-spoke design, 235/60 R18
  • 9-speaker premium audio system, with RDS tuner & front loading 6-CD autochanger

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VEHICLE FEATURES

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Inside the RX 450h - The Highlights

THE HIGHLIGHTS

With a host of intelligent technology, the RX is extraordinarily enjoyable to drive. Remote Touch offers seamless interaction with the navigation display and 15-speaker Mark Levinson® audio, while Head-Up Display lets you concentrate on the road ahead. To aid manoeuvring, Parking Assist Monitor and Side Monitor show live images of the area behind and beside the car.

Extensively tested in arctic and desert conditions, the cabin warms up as quickly as it cools down, and a filter system reduces pollen and dust.

Driving the RX 450h - The Highlights

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Powered by the latest Lexus Hybrid Drive, this pioneering crossover intelligently combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two high-output electric motors for seamless all-wheel drive. Accelerate to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds, in a crossover that emits just 145 g/km of CO2 *. Alternatively, use EV (Electric Vehicle) mode to drive in near silence, using no petrol and emitting zero CO2 or NOX.

The RX 450h is also very practical; the hybrid battery never needs charging and occupies minimum room, resulting in generous luggage space.
*Front-Wheel Drive version with one electric motor: 8.2 seconds and 140 g/km of CO2.

Safety in the RX 450h - The Highlights

SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

Equipped with our latest Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management and powerful ventilated disc brakes, the RX is engineered to avoid danger. To help you see around corners, an Intelligent-Adaptive Front-lighting System automatically swivels the headlights into approaching bends. On the RX 450h, low-beam LED headlights offer extremely focused light, while LED Daytime Running Lights on all RX models make sure you are seen by other drivers.

In the event of a collision, it’s comforting to know you’re protected by an exceptionally rigid tensile steel safety cell. Every RX is also equipped with 10 airbags, including a breakthrough twin-chamber front passenger airbag.

Upholstery & Inlay Choice

UPHOLSTERY & INLAY CHOICE

You can customise the finely crafted interior of the RX to your own individual choice. There are four leather upholstery options – Black, Light Grey, Ivory or Saddle tan, as well as four semi-aniline leather options in the same colours. There’s also a choice of distinctive inlay designs: dark grey gloss, dark brown walnut and bird’s eye maple. The RX HYBRID F SPORT extends these choices further with an exclusive black and white grey colour scheme.

Suspension

SUSPENSION

The RX 450h was tested and refined in the world’s most advanced driving simulator – and then driven over many hundreds of thousands of kilometres.

A sophisticated double wishbone rear suspension delivers outstanding road holding, performance sedan-like cornering characteristics and superb straight-line stability. Due to its compact design, the suspension encroaches far less into the rear luggage compartment.

For an even more refined and stable drive, the RX 450h can be ordered with electronically controlled air suspension. Unlike conventional coil springs, air suspension achieves a consistent vehicle height regardless of the number of occupants and the amount of luggage on board. Furthermore, when travelling at high speeds, the vehicle will automatically lower, reducing wind resistance and ensuring driving stability. In addition, at the touch of a button, air suspension also allows owners to lower the rear of their RX for easier loading of heavy or bulky objects.

Mark Levinson® Premium Audio

MARK LEVINSON® PREMIUM AUDIO

Mark Levinson is one of the most sought-after high-end audio equipment makers in the world. Since 1972, their reputation for pure musical reproduction has been legendary as has their systems’ uncanny ability to reproduce audio subtleties and nuances with nothing added and nothing taken away from the original performance. Mark Levinson himself built the stage mixer used at Woodstock in 1968 and has since been credited as the founder of the high-end audio industry.

Despite approaches from several luxury car manufacturers, we are the only one featuring Mark Levinson’s ultra-high quality equipment. As Lexus cars are scientifically engineered to provide a highly refined and quiet ride, they provide the perfect acoustic opportunity for a ‘concert hall in a car’ experience. The Mark Levinson system in each Lexus model is painstakingly optimised, components adjusted, speakers positioned and tuning applied to address its unique acoustic environment.

The exclusive 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround system available with the RX has 7.1-channel sound. For long journeys, an optional Rear Seat Entertainment system provides 7-inch LCD screens in the front seatbacks – allowing DVD movies or games to be enjoyed in vibrant, high definition audio. With its unrivalled combination of power and purity, the Mark Levinson system offers perfect reproduction for a truly immersive experience.

Remote Touch

REMOTE TOUCH

Our award-winning Remote Touch technology revolutionises the way you interact with many of the car’s advanced systems. Naturally and conveniently positioned between the two front seats, on the centre console, it works like a computer mouse, allowing you to operate the features displayed on the full-colour multi-display screen. This means that eye movement and unnecessary distraction is kept to a minimum, allowing you to focus on the road ahead.

You can control the car’s entertainment system, manage the climate control and even operate the advanced satellite navigation via Remote Touch. You have full control of the cursor, avoiding the need to click through options, and the haptic technology inside gently draws the cursor towards the icons as you navigate the screen making it even easier. This sensory reaction force can even be customised to suit your specific preferences. Simple, intuitive and very easy to operate.

Occupant Protection

OCCUPANT PROTECTION

We do all we can to prevent accidents by incorporating advanced impact-avoiding technology (although this is never a substitute for careful driving). Nevertheless, every effort has also been made to protect each passenger from all sides should the worst happen. Indeed, the safety measures built into the RX more than surpass all worldwide requirements.

All occupants are protected by ten carefully positioned airbags - including dual-stage driver/front passenger airbags and knee airbags. The front passenger also receives further safeguard against injury from an innovative twin chamber airbag, designed to cradle the delicate facial areas and the steering column is designed to collapse in the event of a frontal collision.

Over 40% of the RX body mass is high tensile strength sheet steel which gives a lightweight-yet-rigid structure. In the event of a rear collision, a mechanism in the front seatback is triggered which pushes the headrest up and forward reducing the severity of potential whiplash injury.

Luggage space

LUGGAGE SPACE

The RX offers generous luggage space, even for this class of vehicle. With the rear seats up, its 496-litre capacity is enough to accommodate around four sets of golf clubs or large suitcases. But if you need even more room - to fit in a mountain bike, for example - a ‘One-Touch Tumble’ mechanism allows the rear seats to be quickly folded away. These can be split 40-20-40 too for extra versatility. There’s also plenty of space for personal effects in the centre console (up to 6.5 litres) as well as numerous other storage areas.

For added convenience, the rear of RX models with air suspension can be lowered 30mm, so that heavy objects can be lifted in and out more easily – with the option of an electric tailgate available too.

Full Hybrid Power

REMOTE TOUCH

The RX 450h benefits from over a decade of leadership in hybrid technology to deliver unrivalled performance and fantastic economy. Its innovative Lexus Hybrid Drive intelligently marries a super-efficient, 3.5-litre Atkinson Cycle V6 petrol engine with two high output electric motors at the front and rear. It’s a potent combination that produces amazing results.

With a combined power output of 220 kW, acceleration reaches 0 – 100 km/h in only 7.8 seconds (8.2 seconds for the FWD) and is utterly seamless. Fuel consumption is astonishing – using a mere 6.3 l/100 km (and only 6.1 l/100km in the FWD) combined. And CO2 emissions are equally impressive – just 145 g/km combined (this drops to 140 g/km for the FWD).

The ‘brain’ of the RX is an advanced Power Control Unit (PCU), which oversees the energy management of this unique, full hybrid engine. When in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, the car produces zero CO2 or NOx emissions, will use no petrol and is almost completely silent. The PCU defaults to this mode when you first switch on the engine or are proceeding at low speed. But as you speed up, the petrol engine seamlessly kicks in and all power sources work in harmony. At faster speeds, the powerful electric motors provide a smooth and instant surge of torque when accelerating. The compact, hybrid battery never needs to be re-charged as kinetic energy is harnessed when braking or decelerating. This is then converted for storage in the battery.

In summary, the RX is a magnificent technical achievement that combines impressive sports performance with class-leading economy and environment responsibility.

Advanced Safety

ADVANCED SAFETY

Our breakthrough Pre-Crash Safety system is constantly primed to help reduce the risk of injury and collision damage. A millimetre-wave radar - discretely hidden in the front grille – continuously monitors the road ahead for obstacles; this information is combined with vehicle speed and the system’s computer works out the likelihood of an impact.

If the risk is high, the driver is alerted by a warning message on the instrument panel and an audible buzz – the suspension settings are adjusted and brake pressure is increased in readiness for more than usually hard braking. If an impact is calculated to be unavoidable, the powerful pre-crash brakes are applied to reduce collision force and the front seatbelts are tightened immediately before impact.

Although there is no substitute for safe and attentive driving, Pre-Crash Safety is always there, just in case.

For added safety, the RX also includes a Parking Assist Monitor, from which the view to the rear of the car can be seen on the LCD dashboard display. There is also a side monitor in the form of a tiny camera incorporated into the passenger door mirror to further help with close-quarter parking.

Interior Comfort

INTERIOR COMFORT

Approach the RX and it detects the key in your bag or pocket, illuminating your path with courtesy lights. Then as you climb in, the driver’s seat automatically slides back 50mm and steering wheel folds out of the way to make life that little bit easier. Ambient lighting also illuminates key areas and the futuristic dashboard lights up in greeting. It’s an immensely satisfying mix of thoughtful hospitality and friendly technology.

This generous welcome extends to the smooth leather of the seating, buffed and pressed to soft perfection and contoured for ultimate comfort and support. Unusually, rear seat passengers can also move their seats backwards and recline them for maximum comfort. Surfaces are hand-finished and polished to a luxurious sheen. The RX looks and feels prestigious and inviting.

The intelligent climate control system also takes the concept of air-conditioning to a whole new level. A variety of sensors constantly monitors and adjusts for sunlight, temperature and humidity – managing and filtering airflow to achieve optimum comfort for each passenger. This system has been thoroughly tested in Arctic conditions to ensure fast warming and cooling, with equally rapid de-icing and de-fogging jets on windows.

In addition to this, the system includes a sensor to monitor and filter both outside and inside air quality. If harmful pollutants are detected, it switches to re-circulation mode. Once clean air is detected again, it will revert to the external source. The RX is designed to offer complete comfort to all passengers, no matter where in the world your journey takes you.

Dynamic Control

DYNAMIC CONTROL

We have developed a technology called Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) which intelligently combines the powertrain and electronic dynamic control systems. Put simply: it provides assured control to help you negotiate the most demanding situations safely and with confidence.

VDIM networks the various braking, traction, stability and suspension systems applying them together, rather than independently, to ensure optimum dynamic performance. If you are accelerating on a slippery surface or braking on a surface with unequal grip, for example, its sensors anticipate an imbalance and optimise traction and steering control to apply corrective measures and maintain a balanced trajectory. This results in a level of driving performance that simply is not possible if each system is operated independently and is an important contribution to the car’s safety systems.

Adaptive Crusie Control

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

Adaptive Cruise Control is supplied with our Pre-Crash Safety system as it uses the same millimetre-wave radar system. Just like a conventional cruise control system, it maintains a pre-set speed for the car; however, thanks to the radar, it can detect a slower moving vehicle ahead. The system then reduces speed accordingly by easing off the throttle or applying the brakes.

You can set a specific following distance between you and the car ahead and the system will maintain it by matching the speed of the vehicle in front. Once the road is clear again, Adaptive Cruise Control smoothly resumes your original cruising speed.

Dashboard and Console

DASHBOARD AND CONSOLE

Sit behind the wheel of an RX and you’re instantly struck by wide sweep of the excitingly futuristic dashboard design. The dual zone ‘crossover’ cockpit is a masterful example of ergonomic layout, with none of the information overload common with some modern cars. The steering wheel itself feels relaxing and easy to grip, with a wood finish and heated rims also available.

The centrepiece of the console is a crystal clear, 8-inch LED display with multi-screen capability. From here, the driver can view three types of information: depending on the screen selected, just a glance reveals performance information, navigation or maps, audio, climate control or incoming calls.

The intuitively placed 2nd generation Remote Touch controller allows the operation of many of the car’s functions without distracting the driver, as do the steering wheel controls. A Head-Up Display (developed in the bright snow of North Japan), projecting key information such as speed, onto the bottom of the windscreen is designed to reduce eye movement and keep you focussed on the road ahead.

The display also features a convenient Parking Assist Monitor, where a rear video camera will feed images of what’s behind the car for problem-free parking. All in all, the dashboard is a beautiful, intuitive mix of exquisitely detailed aesthetics and technological innovation.

Aerodynamics

AERODYNAMICS

The elegant coupe-like silhouette and remarkable aerodynamic performance of the RX comes as a result of months of painstaking wind tunnel development. Every aspect of the car’s eye-catching design shape has been rigorously tested to minimise wind resistance. With the air suspension option, the RX will even lower itself to improve aerodynamics further at higher speeds. Indeed, the RX can hold its own with most sedans; it boasts an incredibly low drag coefficient of just Cd 0.32 – the lowest in this class of vehicle.

To achieve this, our engineering and design teams have paid attention to every detail. Gaps between body panels have been reduced to a minimum. Rear lights have integrated spoilers and door mirrors have been sculpted to present little wind resistance. Plus, concealed in the rear spoiler are the rear wiper and the AM/FM antenna to further enhance the sleek shape of the RX. The end result is a car that’s as at home on the open road as it is in wide-open terrain.

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I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE GOING TOO FAR TO SAY THAT THE RX HAS DONE MORE THAN CREATE A NEW AUTOMOTIVE SEGMENT - IT HAS CREATED A NEW SENSE OF VALUE.

Takayuki Katsuda, RX Chief Engineer

RX 450h SPECIAL EDITION

THE PIONEERING FULL HYBRID LUXURY CROSSOVER, WITH DYNAMIC LEXUS ‘SPINDLE GRILLE’, LED HEADLIGHTS AND EXCLUSIVE 19" ALLOYS.

Available for a limited period only, the RX 450h Special Edition offers all the power, handling and performance of the RX 450h Full Hybrid crossover. Outside we’ve given it a more dynamic look, with a darker Lexus ‘spindle grille’, LED headlights, electric tilt & slide sunroof and exclusive 19" alloy wheels with a 5-triple-spoke design. Delivering the refinement and comfort of a luxury sedan, but with the flexibility of a crossover, the RX 450h Special Edition is highly rewarding to drive. Accelerate and the 299 DIN hp Lexus Hybrid Drive propels you smoothly from 0 – 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds.

For a light and airy cabin, the RX 450h Special Edition is available with either an electric tilt and slide sunroof or large panoramic roof. Available with an exquisite wood package, inside you and your passengers relax in beautifully finished leather seats. The perfect partner for business, sport or leisure, the ergonomic cockpit features intelligently positioned controls – enabling a really focused drive. For seamless interaction, Remote Touch lets you control Electronic Climate Control, Full Map Navigation and peerless 15-speaker Mark Levinson® 7.1-channel surround sound.

DYNAMIC
GRILLE

The RX 450h Special Edition builds on the RX Executive grade, but with certain key design changes, including an exclusively finished Lexus ‘spindle grille’ that adds to the car’s powerful appearance.

19" ALLOY
WHEELS

With contrast shading, these dynamic 5-triplespoke alloy wheels complement the dark grey grille and LED headlights, further underlining the powerful design.

LED
HEADLIGHTS

To help you see around corners, an Intelligent-Adaptive Front-lighting System automatically swivels the headlights into approaching bends. Low-beam LED headlights offer extremely focused light, use less energy and last longer than conventional bulbs.

SUNROOF

The RX 450h Special Edition is available with either a large panoramic roof or electric tilt & slide sunroof, adding a feeling of freedom, spaciousness and light to the cabin.

MARK LEVINSON® PREMIUM AUDIO

The RX 450h Special Edition comes with 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium 7.1 Surround system as standard, giving a truly unique and immersive sound experience.

WHAT IS F SPORT?

THE UNIQUELY DYNAMIC SHAPE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE RX ARE FURTHER ENHANCED IN THE F SPORT GRADE. ITS MORE FORMIDABLE LOOK INCLUDES A SPECIALLY RE-DESIGNED TRADEMARK SPINDLE GRILL, WITH RECESSED FOG LAMPS IN THE LOWER FRONT BUMPER.

The sporty feel continues with exclusive 19-inch shaded alloy wheels and distinctive F SPORT badging. Inside this exciting RX option, a custom black and grey, smooth leather upholstery is available. Silver trim inserts and a black ceiling give the car a more cockpit-like ambience.
Silver metal pedals add to the sport feeling.

The RX 450h F SPORT also benefits from a smoother drive as a result of front and rear performance dampers. This makes steering more responsive and the car more agile on the road It also offers extra ride comfort with the system’s ability to absorb fine vibrations. With the RX 450h F SPORT, you have the ultimate combination of power, economy and attractive styling.

F SPORT STEERING
WHEEL

Equipped with a bespoke sports steering wheel, complete with the F SPORT logo, there is a tangible sense of being at one with this powerful crossover

F SPORT 19”
ALLOY WHEELS

Exclusive 5 twin-spoke F SPORT 19-inch alloy wheels give the car an unmistakably sporty look on all types of terrain.

DRILLED SPORT
PEDALS

Drilled aluminum pedals reflect the exciting performance of the RX 450h F SPORT model. With a non slip finish, they are comfortable and precise to use.

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