Lexus RX400h

Pros

Good fuel technology, smooth handling, reliability, quality and value for money.

Cons

There are more spacious 4X4s available with higher performance and better off road capability.

Lexus RX400h

  • Overview

    Luxury mid size 4x4 SUV whose USP is a revolutionary petrol-electric hybrid power system offering decent fuel savings. The high performance hybrid makes sure that power is sent exactly where it's needed. It combines a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine (208 bhp); plus two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one the rear, offering a total power output of 269 bhp. When you want acceleration, power from the petrol engine and electric motors is sent to the wheels. When you are slowing down, the energy produced by the petrol engine and from vehicle braking is used to recharge the batteries. The system promises a smooth drive, jolt-free acceleration; formidable performance and impressive fuel economy. The RX 400h is the leading light of the Lexus RX Sports Utility Vehicles series, the other being the RX 350 with a V6 3.5-litre petrol engine. The RX 400h is the high performance hybrid option. RX 400h also benefits from Lexuss distinguished look, featuring distinctive round fog lamps, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and the usual luxury accessories and stylings.

  • History

    The Lexus RX 400h is a hybrid luxury crossover 4X4 made by Toyota Motor Corp for its Lexus luxury division.

    The RX 400h was launched in 2005.

    The RX 400h became the world's second mass-produced hybrid sport utility vehicle, after the Ford Escape Hybrid.

    The RX 400h is the first luxury hybrid in this class.

    The Lexus RX 400h was one of only four SUVs to achieve recognition on JD Power and Associates 2006 Automotive Environmental Index of the top 30 most environmentally-friendly vehicles.

    JD Power awarded the RX 400h top slot for entry-luxury SUVs in 2005 for its design and usage.

    The 2005 UK GreenFleet Awards - Lexus RX 400h 4x4 Manufacturer of the Year award.

  • Other Features

    The RX 400h four-wheel-drive system called E-Four raises efficiency and security on the road. When the RX 400h is starting up, accelerating, braking and stopping, all wheels are driven, keeping you stable and in control. When cruising E-Four automatically switches into two wheel drive to improve fuel economy.

    The RX 400h also benefits from the latest generation of Lexus's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). This pools together the car's safety and stability resources to anticipate and deal with problems on the road before they trouble you. VDIM extends the car's dynamic capabilities.

  • Detailed Specification

    Performance

    Maximum speed mph (kph) 124 (200)

    Acceleration 0-62mph/100kph (s) 7.6

    Consumption

    Urban mpg (l/100km) 31 (9.1)

    Extra urban mpg (l/100km) 37.2 (7.6)

    Combined mpg (l/100km) 34.9 (8.1)

    CO2-emissions (g/km) 192

    Emission compliance Level Euro IV

    Insurance group 16P

    Weights

    Gross vehicle weight:

    Front - 1245 kg

    Rear - 1260 kg

    Total - 2505 kg

    Kerb weight Min-max: 2000-2040 kg

    Dimensions And Capacity

    Dimensions - 4760 mm x 1845 mm x 1710 mm

    Wheelbase - 2720 mm

    Fuel tank capacity (to tonneau cover) (m3) 0.439

    Luggage compartment - 66 litres

    Petrol Engine

    Cylinder/Valves V6/24

    Capacity 3311 cc

    Max. output (bhp/kw @ rpm) 208/153@5600

    Maximum torque (Nm@rpm) 288@4400

    VVT-i Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (electronically controlled)

    E-CVT Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission

    E-FOUR Electric four-wheel drive

    Electric front motor Power (kW@rpm) 123@4500

    Maximum (rpm) 12,400

    Maximum voltage (v) 650

    Electric rear motor Power (kW@rpm) 50@4610-5120

    Torque (Nm@rpm) 130@0-610

    Maximum (rpm) 10,752

    Maximum voltage (v) 650

    Electric generator Power (kW@rpm) 109/@3,000

    Maximum voltage (v) 650

    High voltage battery Type Nickel-metal hydride

    Power (kW) 45

    Voltage(v) 288

    Maximum power (kW) 200 (bhp) 269

    Brakes/Suspension

    Front and rear MacPherson strut, coil springs, Brake Assist System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Power Steering (EPS), speed sensitive Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB,) Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Driver and front passenger 2-stage airbag, Driver's knee airbag, Thorax Abdomen Pelvis (TAP) airbag (driver and front passenger), Curtain Shield airbag, front and rear Isofix preparation, rear seats Seatbelt pre-tensioners, front Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats (WIL), Seatbelt warning (buzzer), Anti-theft system, immobiliser, intrusion sensor, double door lock Brake Type Front Ventilated disc/319mm, Front Ventilated disc/319mm Rear Ventilated disc/288mm.

    Features

    Outside rear-view mirror: electrically adjustable and heated, electro chromatic (auto-dimming)

    Water repellent front door glass, UV-cut front side glass

    Rear side and rear back privacy glass

    HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps with pop-up cleaners and auto-levelling

    Front foglamps, LED taillights and brake lights

    Rear spoiler Roof rails

    18" 5-spoke alloy wheels: Tyre size 235/55R18

    Double door lock

    Rain sensing wiper, windshield de-icer Fabric trim

    Optional In-Car Entertainment system (ICE)

    Rear seat slide (adjustable rear seat)

    60/40 foldable rear seats

    Optitron instruments with power meter

    Automatic climate control air conditioning system with clean air filter Separate driver/passenger temperature controls

    Cruise control

    Automatic retractable tonneau cover

    One-touch power windows, front and rear

    Inside rear-view mirror: electro chromatic (auto-dimming)

    12v accessory power outlet in luggage area

    Aluminium-style insert

    Carpet floor mats are provided as standard in all new Lexus models

    Audio

    Premium 8-speaker audio system

    FM/AM RDS tuner with in-dash single slot 6-CD auto-changer

    Rigid high-tensile steel cabin cage

    Extensive anti-corrosion protection

    Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment

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