Lexus IS Convertible and RX450h pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The latest Lexus RX 450h, which was revealed at the LA Auto Show last year and previewed at a first drive event early this year, has finally received a price tag.

Together with the RX 450h, the latest IS Convertible has likewise received a sticker price, and both begin in the neighborhood of $40,000, with the RX at $41,660 and the $5,000 less for its non-hybrid brother.

It is still an open question whether this price difference reflect value considering the small difference in fuel efficiency, but certainly the 350 does not have the green image that the 450h projects.

The price tag for an AWD variant for the RX 450h begins at $43,250. On the other hand, the IS Convertible begins at a more appealing $38,490 for the IS 250C, with the six-speed auto transmission getting a $39,660 tag and the more powerful IS 350C getting $43,940.

An electronic AWD system, which is featured in the RX 450h, permits all four wheels to perform regenerative braking and makes extra driveshafts unnecessary.

The Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline powerplant in the RX 450h, which is rated at 295hp (220kW), gets an extra 27hp (20kW) above the 2008 model, but still maintains the same 3,500lb towing capacity, and is still able to meet SULEV emissions requirements.

On the other hand, the RX350 employs the same-sized V6 power unit rated at 275hp (205kW), 5hp (3kW) over the 2009 model.

Meanwhile, the IS Convertibles are almost identical to their hardtop brothers, differing only in style and price tag. The IS 250C and 350C has both received a green light for sale in US markets.

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