Lexus RX Obtains Hybrid Powertrain and Third Row
Lexus is venturing into uncharted waters by debuting a hybrid, three-row crossover to the United States come April. The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL will be priced at $51,615, or $1,550 more if looking for a non-hybrid edition.
The RX 450hL arrives with a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine, all-wheel drive, and two electric motors. The hybrid model produces a total of 308 hp, with the non-hybrid one reaching 290 hp. Instead of an eight-speed automatic, the hybrid uses a standard CVT transmission. The hybrid can take advantage of EV mode to travel at low speeds for short distances using electric power.
Shades of black, red, brown, blue, gray, beige, and white are available for the online configurator. A navigation package can be added for $2,120,which carries 12-speaker premium sound system, a nav system, and plenty others. There’s also an option to get a Mark Levinson surround sound audio system instead.
A Luxury package is also available, with a price tag of $55,550. This includes semi-aniline trimmed seats, interior LED ambient lighting, laser-cut Gray Sapele wood trim, a heated wood steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels boasting selectable color inserts and machined finish, and manual sunshades at the rear door.