The carmakers are now focusing on making vehicles that run on electricity or green energy sources. This is also true about the luxury car brands. Lexus the luxury wing of Japanese car behemoth Toyota is on the same path as well. The company has revamped the top-selling hybrid crossover 2019 Lexus RX 450h model.
The styling changes are minimal but amenities have been enhanced to an extent. The model also gets a price cut compared to the earlier version and this makes it even more lucrative for the target buyers.
2019 Lexus RX 450h Exterior and Interior Structuring
The 2019 Lexus RX 450h is the stunning looking vehicle from all angles. The large spindle grille is there but its styling has been modified. Some changes have also been made to the vehicle’s backside. Dimensionally, the new model comes with a wheelbase of 109.8 in and its length is 192.5 in. This is a couple of inches less that have model 350L. The height of the upcoming model measures 74.6 in and height is 67.7 in.
However, the new model will be available with extended version 450hL that will add 3-row seating setup. Its cabin is expected to be lavishly designed with focus paid to finish and versatility. The cabin is really quiet and you can hear the faint whisper of road noise sometimes. For the infotainment, the model posses 8-inch touchscreen display.
Lexus offers enough customization choices for those buying the 2019 Lexus RX 450h. In the company website, you can use an online configuration wizard to select shades. The navigation package adds nav system, premium sound system etc. Pure audiophiles opt for a Mark Levinson surround sound setup.
Luxury Package and Safety Features
A luxury package is there which includes semi-aniline trimmed seats, Gray Sapele wood trim, LED ambient lighting in cabin, 20-inch alloy wheels, and heated wood-based steering wheel. The new Lexus infotainment setup is better than the earlier version but it is still not speedy enough.
In safety section, the new 2019 Lexus RX 450h fares pretty well. It gets standard features like a forward-collision warning, active lane control, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and the rearview camera.
2019 Lexus RX 450h F Sport and L version review
As we already said at the beginning, the newest model 2019 Lexus RX 450h will get F sport and L version that is extended and it comes with three-seat configuration. However, the F sport package that cost around $3500 to the standard model will be only available with the all-wheel-drive system.
Also, with this package, one will get a great modification with a black mesh grille, black side-mirror caps, facelifted and lowered front fascia, adaptive variable suspension and attractive blacked 20-inch wheels. There is four model that will be available in this model. This includes Normal, Eco, Sport or Sport+.
However, the interior of this trim will be richer than the standard one. The 8.0-inch version touchscreen is now replaced with a bigger 12.3-inch center display. One can set and customize home screen by its need. It can place for example apps like map, audio.
2019 Lexus RX 450h Engine Details
The V-6-based hybrid setup used in the existing model will be retained in the 2019 version with some tweaks to the powertrain. This model will get a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that comes with an electric motor. Furthermore, the electric motor has the power of 123-kW. The total output of this engine is 308 HP.
A CVT is there in lieu of eight-speed automatic gearbox. There is a drive mode selector with three modes and the Sport mode does make a difference. The ride quality of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h is butter smooth and the car soaks in bumps very well.
Acceleration Time and Fuel Economy
With this great and efficient engine, the new 2019 Lexus RX 450h is able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7,1 sec. This is around 0.2 second behind the RX350. However, as for the fuel economy, it depends on models. The RX 450h version of the SUV gives EPA city/highway fuel economy of 31/28 mpg with the AWD system, while the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL gives 29/28 mpg.
2019 Lexus RX 450h Price and Availability
The base price of new 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is approx $53,185. This is about $5000 more than the model with 2 row of seats. Furthermore, the top trim F Sport starts near $58,000. With customizations, the price can exceed $60.000. The car will be available for sale in a few months.
Summing it up
The 2019 Lexus RX 450h is a nice midsized luxury hybrid crossover that will appeal to a large section of buyers. Its expanded seating capacity will let Lexus gain new grounds in the US market. The powertrain is a solid performer and amenities leave almost no place for grudges. The company also offers plenty of customization packages for the vehicle.
The pricing, however, remains on the competitive side. Rivals like Volvo XC90 Hybrid and Acura MDX Sport Hybrid have higher price tags than this one.