In May of last year, the Japanese automaker unveiled information on three of the SUV’s four powertrain options for the fifth generation Lexus RX. The luxury model eventually receives a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the 2024 model year, making it the RX’s second-most potent engine option.
The plug-in hybrid NX and RX 450h+ both have inline four-cylinder gasoline engines that are assisted under the hood by two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack totaling 2.5 liters. With a peak output of 304 horsepower (227 kilowatts) from this combination, the electrified luxury SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 96 kilometers per hour) in about 6.2 seconds. With a single charge, the top speed is electronically limited to 124 mph (200 kph) of the battery is enough for 35 miles (56 kilometers) of purely electric range.
2024 Lexus RX
The Level 1 charging cable for 120-volt outlets is a standard feature of the hybrid SUV, according to Lexus. The RX 450h+ can be fully recharged using a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger in around two and a half hours while using the maximum charging current of 240 volts and “under ideal conditions.” As a side point, all four wheels receive power from the plug-in hybrid powerplant.
Eight exterior paint options (Eminent White Pearl, Cloudburst Gray, Iridium, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Copper Crest, Nori Green Pearl, and Nightfall Mica) and standard 21-inch 20-spoke wheels will be offered for the new RX 450h+. Interior perks like four heated and ventilated power seats, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic roof are also included in the standard kit glass roof, and a 21-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.
All these standard features have their price, though. Going on sale in the United States later this year, the 2024 RX 450h+ starts at $70,080 (including destination fees), which makes it significantly more expensive than the 2023 RX 350h Luxury with a starting price of $58,750.