The hybrid epoch continues and one of the most active member of this way is brand Lexux. After three models Lexux RX 400H, GS 450H and LS600H, where the old hybrid technology was used, Lexux presents new RX450H. With new design and fresh ambitions the new model started to gain hearts of new technologies lovers. So, we see the new off-road 3.5L car with the electric engines for back axle.
Alternating current is converted to direct.
Salon, interior, options
Seeing the new car most drivers wanted to get in it, at least as a passenger. So, it is better to start our review from inside.
The interior design is courageous enough - as it should be in best Lexus traditions. The smooth lines of console separate the buttons panel. The TFT screen is hidden at depths at the top of central console. The switch of the transmission gears and modes is placed a little bit lower. And the joystick of navigation system is placed more lower. An interesting thing is that the joystick moves a cursor on the screen like mouse on PC.
The Salon combine light leather with dark plastic.
The car functionality includes a system that display necessary info on front glass, system Marc Levinson, back view cams - two side and one central. Generally the salon is made carefully and with high quality. The materials are good and assembling is almost ideal.
Body, dimensions, design
Getting out from auto the first look casts at the body design - extravagant and unusual, but start to get used to it soon. We would thing that this car is from another planet a few tens years ago.
Aerodynamic of this car has a positive influence on a petrol consumption.
The lexus dimensions expanded longway and widthway. Because of it aerodynamic design the car get the lowest coefficient in its class - 0,32. But the car cant be called as beautiful. Its a matter of taste. But an appearance is not important in the new technologies.
Ok.. we can finish with appearance and to turn to the most interesting things. We are fed up with to start research the new hybrid system. Need to get this car to service station and take its manual for detailed research.
All the attention should be spared for the new hybrid system, that was improved greatly enough. The all-round development touched not only engine. It changed brake system and bracket.
Lexus engine is 3.5L and produce 249Hp. Plus two electric engines. All together -299Hp. The engine is built in a way to improve the coefficient of efficiency. Because of this the engine works like an diesel, but it is ok for hybrid. Firstly, it is more economical, secondly - shortage of power is made up by two electrical engines. This car acceleration is athletic enough - 7,8 sec to the first hundred, and max speed is about 200 kilometers per hour. But generally the car is not sports because of its bracket and steering, but comfort is very good.
One of the innovations is the energy accumulation while you are decelerating. But an effect is not so as expected. It does not make an engine of perpetual motion. Only if you go down the along serpentines.
There is no tachometer and it is not needed - the transmission does not have gears.
The battery is lighter and smaller than in RX400h. And the life time is limited by life time of this car. Probably the RX450h does not give any effect for racers as the accelerator work more similar to trolleybus than to racing car . The acceleration is smooth and without steps.
There is three transmission modes. Standard, economic - without main engine, but only 3-4 km and off-road with full drive.
The car deserves attention. The price is ok. It is about $70-90 000 in Europe.
Most drivers who buy cars like this does not even understand that besides getting quiet drive and high technologies they give their parts in ecological motor-car construction.
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