New Car Preview: 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ PHEV

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The highly anticipated 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ PHEV trim has been revealed, the latest addition to the fifth generation of Lexus RX models. Building upon the success of its predecessors, this luxury SUV comes with remarkable enhancements, including a newly introduced plug-in hybrid powertrain, marking a significant stride in the brand’s commitment to eco-friendly performance.

Following its debut in May of the previous year, Lexus has been progressively revealing details about the fifth-generation RX. For the 2024 model year, the lineup expands to include the RX 450h+ PHEV, a major addition that elevates the SUV’s powertrain options. The debut of this plug-in hybrid variant aligns with Lexus’ ongoing effort to provide innovative and efficient powertrain choices for its discerning customers.

Under the hood of the RX 450h+ lies a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine, joined by two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. Drawing inspiration from the successful plug-in hybrid NX, this setup produces a remarkable peak output of 304 horsepower (227 kilowatts). This substantial power translates into an estimated 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) acceleration time of 6.2 seconds, providing an exhilarating driving experience.

One of the distinguishing features of the RX 450h+ is its electric-only capability, offering an estimated 35 miles (56 kilometers) of pure electric driving range. This aligns with Lexus’ commitment to sustainable mobility, providing drivers with the flexibility to choose eco-friendly transportation options for shorter journeys.

Charging convenience is an essential aspect of any plug-in hybrid, and Lexus ensures a seamless experience. The RX 450h+ comes equipped with a Level 1 charging cable for standard 120-volt outlets. However, for faster charging, a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger, in combination with a 240-volt power source, can replenish the battery in around two and a half hours under optimal conditions.

The hybrid powertrain delivers power to all four wheels, ensuring optimal traction and stability across various driving conditions. This enhances both performance and safety, a hallmark of the Lexus brand.

Externally, the 2024 RX 450h+ boasts a range of eight exquisite exterior color options, including Eminent White Pearl, Cloudburst Gray, and Matador Red Mica, among others. Complementing the sophisticated design are standard 21-inch 20-spoke wheels, which add a touch of elegance to the overall appearance.

The interior of the RX 450h+ reflects luxury and comfort in every detail. Heated and ventilated power seats, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic glass roof contribute to an inviting and upscale cabin atmosphere. Music enthusiasts will appreciate the 21-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system that delivers an immersive listening experience.

Of course, this level of luxury and innovation comes with a corresponding price tag. The 2024 RX 450h+ is set to hit the market in the United States later this year, with a starting price of $70,080, including destination fees. While this places it as a higher-priced option compared to the 2023 RX 350h Luxury, which starts at $58,750, the RX 450h+ justifies its premium with a blend of cutting-edge technology, sustainable performance, and refined luxury, setting a new benchmark for the modern luxury SUV segment.


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