Lexus RX450h+ plug-in hybrid coming to Australia

Lexus will convey a plug-in hybrid model of its new RX SUV to Australia… however precisely when isn’t clear.

The RX450h+ plug-in hybrid (PHEV) was revealed with the remainder of the vary in June 2022, and is at the moment provided in abroad markets such because the USA. It isn’t a part of the launch vary for Australia, nevertheless.

“We will likely be getting the PHEV RX in Australia. For us in the mean time it’s nearly timing,” Lexus Australia chief govt John Pappas informed media.

Mr Pappas mentioned manufacturing of the PHEV is being prioritised for markets with strict carbon laws, the place robust PHEV and EV gross sales can drag down a producer’s common emissions and probably assist them dodge steep fines.

Lexus isn’t the one model being pressured to attend for the most recent plug-in hybrid and electrical automobiles attributable to Australia’s relaxed emissions requirements.

Volkswagen Group electrical automobiles have been off limits for our market as manufacturing is distributed to markets reminiscent of Europe and the USA, for instance, and Kia Australia has battled to get its palms on provide of the EV6 and Niro electrical automobiles.

Mr Pappas confirmed Lexus will know extra about when the RX PHEV will hit Australia later in 2023, suggesting it received’t be right here till late this 12 months or early in 2024 at finest.

The plug-in RX gives a claimed 65km of electrical vary from its 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electrical motor mounted on the entrance axle, and one on the rear axle for all-wheel drive.

Peak energy is 237kW, and Lexus doesn’t quote a peak torque output. The identical powertrain options within the smaller NX450h+ plug-in hybrid.

When it does arrive, the RX PHEV will tackle plug-in hybrid variations of the BMW X5 and X3, together with the Audi Q5.

Together with plug-in hybrids, Lexus is making ready to develop its vary of electrical automobiles Down Underneath. An up to date model of the UX300e SUV is on monitor to reach mid-year, and the bigger RZ SUV will contact down domestically in Could.

It’s a part of a plan to have 80 per cent of Lexus gross sales function some type of electrical energy – be it hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or a pure-electric drivetrain – by 2025. Simply shy of fifty per cent of Lexus Australia gross sales have been electrified in 2023.

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