NEW YORK – Today Lexus unveiled the fourth generation of its best-selling RX crossover lineup including the hybrid version.
Powering the 2016 Lexus RX 450h is an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 paired with a single electric motor. This hybrid powertrain has the same 300 horsepower output as its all-gas counterpart, the RX 350.
Other details of the hybrid system, including battery and fuel efficiency, were not released.
A new safety packages is optional for the new RX. The LSS+ (short for Lexus Safety Sense) uses a camera and a millimeter-wave radar to detect pedestrians, vehicles or other objects in front of the car. It warns the driver of a possible collision, then applies the brakes as needed to bring the SUV to a stop.
Also included in the safety package is a warning for lane departures, automatic high beams and dynamic cruise control. Lexus anticipates that the option will be priced between $500 and $635.
Along with the new engines is a bold new styling. Lexus said that the angular lines, especially sharpened on the hood, front fenders and large grille, were worth the risk for the result.
“We’ve given the designers all this creativity,” said Mark Templin, Lexus International executive vice president. “We are willing to accept that the designs may be polarizing.”
The previous version of the RX was one of the company’s most popular models, making up one out of every three Lexus sales.