Unsure about hybrids? Here’s why the Lexus RX450h might help you make the jump

It’s more than just a clean powertrain
by Drei Laurel | Aug 19, 2021
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Hybrids are quieter, cleaner on paper, and generally more future-proof than their fuel-guzzling counterparts. You would think people around these parts would be eager to make the shift to these types of vehicles, but sadly, this still isn’t the case.

Such is the hesitancy when it comes to becoming an early adopter. On the glass-half-full side of things, a few local carmakers are already spearheading the country’s shift to hybrid vehicles. One of them is Lexus, which is already offering the RX450h to Filipino motorists.

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With the RX450h, Lexus wants potential pioneers to know that they’re getting more than just a clean new powertrain. Here are three reasons why the brand believes its luxury hybrid SUV is will appeal to more than just environmentally-conscious motorists:

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1) Its hybrid setup is as mean as it is green

The RX450h comes equipped with a self-charging full hybrid system that utilizes a pair of electric motors (one at the front and another in the rear), and a–wait for it—3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. Its total system output comes in at an impressive 308hp, with the V6 alone generating 259hp at 6,000rpm and 335Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. Estimated fuel efficiency? About 17.5km/L.

2) This is still a top-notch luxury car

As with all things Lexus, expect only the finer things once you hop into the driver’s seat. Soft-touch materials and premium accents cover the interior from floor mats to headliner, while a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability ensures settings and entertainment are easily adjusted with just a tap. An adaptive suspension also means you’ll be comfy on most road conditions.

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3) The RX450h is about as solid a build as they come

Lexus made it a point to make the RX450h as rigid as possible, focusing on key areas in its structure like the rocker panels, rear wheelhouses, and the underbody. The brand says it used laser screw welding, high-tensile steel, an additional 4.2 meters of adhesive, and 14 extra weld points building this thing.

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The RX450h’s price sits at P5,238,000. It’s not chump change, but again,  it’s a legitimate luxury car and, more importantly, more than just a clean powertrain. Worth it?

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