This is the brand new 2013 Lexus RX 450h, firm’s new model that carries the same design philosophy introduced by the 2013 GS. As expected, the SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 245 hp and 234 lb.-ft of torque. Combined with the electric motor, the RX 450h delivers a total output of 295 hp.
Regarding the design, the new RX 450h comes with a new front bumper, new front grille, a new set of headlamps featuring LED daytime running lights and rear-end styling tweaks. The design is completed by the well-known 18" or 19" aluminium wheels but for the 2013 RX a new set of new 19" alloy wheels is available.
Moreover, Lexus offers four new exterior colors: Satin Silver, Burgundy Red, Sienna Brown and Midnight Blue. The interior of the car was also updated and features an expanded choice of colour schemes, new trim finishes, a new steering wheel, a revised instrument binnacle and a second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
The choice of trim inserts has also increased; luxurious Walnut and classic Dark Grey complimented by the addition of modern, Dark Grey bird's eye maple and F SPORT-exclusive Silver finishes.
What is really interesting is that the RX 450h is equipped with a new Hybrid System Indicator design featuring clearly delineated, Charge, Eco and Power zones. New ambient illumination changes according to both driving conditions and the selected drive mode. Just like the current model, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h will offer four driving modes: Normal, Sport, ECO and EV.
The interior of the new Lexus RX 450h is now more appealing thanks to the fact that Lexus is offering more choices in terms of trim finishes and cabin colors. Aside from the already available color schemes (Ivory, Black and Light Grey), the interior of the new Lexus RX 450h could be finished in Saddle Tan, and Black and White Grey (exclusive to F SPORT designs).
Meanwhile, the luxurious Walnut and classic Dark Grey trim inserts are now joined by Dark Grey bird's eye maple and F SPORT-exclusive Silver finishes. The cabin of the new Lexus RX 450h features a semi-aniline leather upholstery with diamond shaped perforations. Lexus employed a thicker thread and more prominent colors for seat stitching while a matt silver insert has been added on the dashboard just above the glove box.
Moreover, the interior now features a new steering wheel, a second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) and a revised instrument binnacle –all making sure that the already luxurious and spacious cockpit could become a comfort zone for the driver. The new steering wheel for the new Lexus RX 450h comes with a non-uniform cross-section which has a varying profile that enables a more comfortable grip as well as smooth steering inputs.
Lexus is also offering wood-finished steering wheels with heated rims. Meanwhile, the driver's instrument binnacle in the RX 450h features a new Hybrid System Indicator design with delineated Charge, Eco and Power zones. Now, ambient lighting inside the new Lexus RX 450h changes depending on the drive mode and the driving conditions.
For instance, when the drive mode picked is EV, Eco or Normal and when the Hybrid System Indicator needle is in the Charge or Eco zones, the ambient illumination is blue. The blue lighting turns off once the needle enters the Power zone. Ambient lighting during Sport mode is red at all times.