RX lineup of Lexus crossovers will get updates for next season. The star of the family is probably the hybrid 450H model. Besides 350, this is going to be one of the most fuel friendly versions coming from Lexus. The carmaker usually pays a lot of attention to premium features and luxurious appearance. Now, with 2019 Lexus RX 450H, the situation is different.
The plug-in hybrid crossover is going to use the same drivetrain as its base sibling. However, with electric batteries, it will be capable to deliver more power and torque. Slight differences in exterior and interior will unveil if it is 2019 Lexus RX 450H, or maybe entry-level and L model.
2019 Lexus RX 450H specs
The drivetrain for standard petrol edition is a 3.5-liter V-6. Depending on variation, it can deliver 290 or 295 hp. For 2019 Lexus RX 450H, which is a hybrid, the drivetrain system comes with more potential. Engineers are downgrading petrol unit to 260 horses, but an electric motor adds 50 more ponies. It is a 123 kW unit which pairs an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission. Power goes to all wheels, but the 450h model remains the most fuel-friendly SUV in RX family.
With the electric engine, the return of the 2019 Lexus RX 450H raises to 32 mpg in city ride. For example, conventional gas mileage is just about 20 mpg. On the other hand, highway drive consumption is not reduced as much as in urban areas. Hybrid drivetrain adds about 2 miles per gallon to the best output from petrol unit.
2019 Lexus RX 450H redesign
The 2019 Lexus RX 450H will belong to mid-size segment. This crossover was a compact vehicle in its first generation. Since the second-gen SUV, we are seeing RX as a bigger vehicle. So it is with the next edition. Currently, the Lexus RX 450H is in the fourth generation. For 2019, the company is preparing a redesign, the first one after 2015.
The highlight of the vehicle is its spindle grille. It will remain so because the 2019 Lexus RX 450H will carry the same fragment. Outside, there are no big changes in plan. A hybrid version is getting bigger wheels.
While the exterior is somehow boring with changes, the cabin will bring many of them. Interior is under reconstruction, and we can’t wait to see what will it bring. We believe that RX 450H crossover is keeping a panoramic view monitor. This safety feature received a lot of praise. Few cameras showing what is happening around the car on a 12-inch infotainment screen.
2019 Lexus RX 450H safety
The 2019 Lexus RX 450H has an excellent heritage from its predecessor. A great safety system makes this SUV one of the most comfortable cars on the road. We will mention the Safety System+ which is standard for the entire RX lineup. The SUV is getting premium features assembled into a superb group. Buyers will get help from lane departure and keep assist. There are also IHB lamps and a pre-collision system that also improves its pedestrian detection feature. The RX 450H was rated 4 stars for overall safety by NHTSA. The 2019 year model is not going just to keep results, but also improve them.
2019 Lexus RX 450H release date and price
We already got used to 2019 Lexus RX 450H. So, without many surprises, we can expect it to see by the end of this year. The company is paying more attention to the UX model, that should also come this year. The SUV is a premium hybrid crossover that is not going to be available for cheap. Well, its starting price won’t go over $55,000. However, we will also see an F Sport version that costs around $60,000.