The release of a new 2018 Lexus RX 450h car is expected late this summer. The car is going to offer enhanced fuel ratings and a visual experience that is just perfect for the class. Lexus was actually the first vehicle to offer a hybrid powertrain inside a luxury crossover car and it has done so back in 2005 with the RX. The 2018 model builds upon this premise and enhances the ability of a hybrid luxury vehicle.
Its hybrid sibling the 350 has been remodeled as well and receives an update but the 450h version has gone through much more. Giving a better exterior look to the car will attract fans even more and the added convinces on the inside are also promised for the upcoming model. Not to mention the most important part of the design and that is the powertrain of the car which is going to be more powerful thanks to some fine craftsmanship form the designers of Lexus.
As you can see from the provided pictures, the 2018 version of the Lexus RX 450h hybrid car is one handsome devil and it owes this to its many enhancements that were made. Read more about this car in the review and find out if it is a great choice for you to purchase.
2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid exterior
The changes of the new 2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid look for the vehicle being up front of it with the some minor style changes. Actually a big style changes is the incorporation of a spindle grille that is a standard feature for all Lexus vehicles and particularly recently released models. The 450h version has a gapping maw up front and is completely different from the 350 version which actually uses a design with a mesh grille. Everything up front has been redesigned and receives a new look. Starting from the headlamps, the front fender flares, a new bumper and even adding fog lamps as well. Maybe the liens are not as sharp as the ones seen in the NX model but they are pretty angular and provide an aggressive style for the RX hybrid model now.
Looking at the sides, you will notice that the side creases have also become much more angular. The C-pillars are blacked out while the rear has also received a more sharper look than before. The taillights have been redesigned in a way that they are much wider but the entire profile of the back resembles the RX model. This is not the same for the front end, so by combining these two different styles we get a pretty handsome looking and well design vehicle now.
Powertrain of 2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid
Under the hood the 2018 Lexus RX 450h hybrid uses a Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6. This engine design is actually based on the 3.5-liter V6 one which is used inside the RX 350 car. This engine can produce a power of around 300 horsepower when it is combined with en electric motor generator. This is an increase of almost 5 points compared with the power produced by the last year’s car. The power is sent to the front wheels using an updated 8-speed automatic transmission which provides much better characteristics than before. There have not been any official mileage numbers released yet, but we assume that they are going to measure somewhere around 32 mpg city/28 highway/30 combined, for the front-wheel version while all-wheel-drive 2018 RX 450h may produce 30/28/29.
2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Interior
The inside of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid has not been dramatically redesigned. The Hybrid car will use the similar setup that it had on the inside as before and apart from some minor changes it is virtually the same car as before. Thanks to the increase of the wheelbase of 1.9 inches and the overall increase of dimensions of the car of 5 inches, the car has gained a lot of space inside which provides more legroom for the passengers inside. Besides additional space there are some other comfort enhancing features that are added. Rear passengers may enjoy outboard rear seats and new 11.6-inch monitors mounted on the back of the front headrests.
The second row of seats contains the 60/40-split power folding ability. But besides this there are also a bunch of other additions and gadgets to enhance the quality of the interior of the car. For instance, there is the retractable power panorama moonroof, a 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment systems, a color head-up display, but there is no touchscreen in the infotainment panel as the RX is an old school vehicle and has knob control and buttons.
2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Price and release date
The 2018 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid is going to be released every day now as the deadline has already passed since it was announced for the end of the summer. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h hybrid is going to be a very nice addition to the roster of Lexus’ 2018 vehicles. The price is set at $41,910 USD as base MSRP.