Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle engine, combined with lighter electric motors, the new RX offers performance similar to a V8, yet with better combined fuel economy than the average four-cylinder mid-size sedan. In plain terms, this means the hybrid has a fuel consumption rating of 32 mpg city (7.3l/100 km) and 28 mpg highway (8.4l/100 km) making it 16-20 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
The hybrid will achieve Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) certification in California because of its nearly 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than conventionally powered vehicles.
Being a hybrid doesn't mean cutting back on performance. The new RX 450h's engine develops 295 horsepower (engine and motor combined), 27 horsepower more than the current generation RX400h.
The RX screams safety, as it comes equipped with 10 standard airbags, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), ABS, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC). In addition, the RX will use Hill-start Assist Control, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and Pre-Collision System (PCS).
Infotainment is insured via the manufacturer's next-generation HDD navigation system with Remote Touch controller (available for climate, audio and phone controls as well), while the information is sent to the driver by the new Heads-Up Display.