The new generation of the most popular mid-size luxury SUV has just been presented and besides the all-new design, one of the first things we can all notice is that the Japanese manufacturer now offers four powertrain options for the new SUV. Besides one gasoline unit, there are three hybrid systems, more powerful and more efficient than ever. One of the models in the range will be the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+, which be the first and second most powerful version on the offer.
As you can see, the “+” has been added to the familiar moniker and we have no doubt that Lexus/Toyota fans know very well what this means. Yes, this means that the RX will come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain on offer for the first time. Besides, the new powertrain, the new generation will also bring a completely new design, based on the company’s new TNGA platform.
We expect that the new 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ will hit the market sometime in the first half of the next year.
2023 Lexus RX 450h+ Powertrain
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ comes as a replacement for the 450h model. Instead of the system that’s based on a V6 engine, this one is based on an inline-four. Moreover, we are talking about the same system that powers the RAV4 Prime, which means a combination of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motors. In the world’s most popular crossover, the combined output goes around 302 horsepower. In this case, we count on a slight power increase.
As we are talking about a plug-in hybrid setup, it’s obvious that the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ will also feature a quite large battery, which should ensure a decent range in the EV mode. Some sources suggest 37 miles in this mode, which is very competitive in this segment, better compared to PHEV versions of BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. Moreover, the 450h+ is also expected to feature notably better fuel economy, due to its super-efficient eCVT gearbox.
The new generation of RX will also be available in three more powertrain options, as we already mentioned. Base models will come with a 2.4-liter turbo-four with around 275 horsepower. The next one is the 350h model, which is a classic hybrid that puts out around 246 horsepower. Finally, there is the new flagship model, called RX 500h. This one will feature a system that’s based on a turbo-four engine, with a max output of 367 horsepower.
2023 Lexus RX 450h+ Design
Other than the powertrain, the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ will be pretty much the same as the rest of the lineup. Therefore, you may count on a completely new design, which brings all kinds of interesting changes. The new model rides on the TNGA platform and brings notable weight reduction, as well as a lower center of gravity, which should have a highly positive effect on the driving experience.
The new generation also brings completely new styling and from what we can see, the new model brings a little bit more conservative look than its predecessor. The lines aren’t as sharp, while the spindle grille looks less polarizing now. Also, you can notice a longer hood, which makes the vehicle look sportier.
Of course, the new generation also brings a completely new interior design. Compared to the previous generation, things look a little bit less conservative. Instead, the dashboard looks more modern, mainly because of new tech features. We presume that this version will come standard with the bigger 14.0-inch infotainment screen, which is now touch-sensitive and isn’t operated via touchpad anymore. Also, there is a nicely designed digital instrument cluster, among other tech features.
Typically for Lexus, the build quality is excellent, while the materials are super-fine. Also, the new generation will be offered in a two-row version only, while the company prepares a brand-new three-row crossover. Compared to the previous generation, the new RX is bigger, so we expect a little bit more interior space as well.
2023 Lexus RX 450h+ Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ should arrive sometime in the first half of the next year. When it comes to the price, we expect that this version will go around 57.000 dollars. On the other hand, base models with a turbo-four gasoline engine are expected to go around 49.000 dollars.