Toyota Lexus launched in India in three variants at Rs 55 lakh
New Delhi, March24:Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus has finally graced the Indian shores with the brand making its official entry into the country. With respect to the products, the automaker is bringing the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV, ES 300h sedan and the LX 450d as its first models. The RX 450h starts at Rs 1.07 crore going all the way upto Rs 1.09 crore for the F-Sport variant while the ES 300h is priced at ₹ 55.27 lakh (ex-Delhi). The surprise car of the lot was the all-new 2018 Lexus LS 500h which will make it to India too. The luxury brand is regarded as one of the most sought after globally and was in the pipeline for India for a while now. Nevertheless, the automaker is kick starting operations in India with launch of three models and will be locking horns the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo, BMW in the segment. Lexus plans to setup four dealerships in the country with one in Mumbai and Bengaluru each and two in Delhi.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new launches from Lexus.
Lexus RX 450h
Starting with the Lexus RX 450h, the hybrid SUV looks modern and sharp in its design, and certainly stands out compared to most offerings in the segment. We’ve already told you all there is to know about the car and even in our review we mentioned how stunning it looked. The sharp lines looks stunning and the massive chrome induced grille takes all the attention.
Inside, the Lexus RX 450h comes equipped with a large 12.3-inch infotainment system, retractable moon roof and optional rear-seat entertainment system. The luxury hybrid SUV also comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ that includes pre-collision system (PCS), lane departure alert (LDA) and automatic high beam (AHB) and a host of other features.
Lexus RX 450h Dimensions:
Length 4889 mm
Width 1899 mm
Height 1719 mm
Wheelbase 2789 mm
Kerb Weight 2150 kg
The hybrid machine is equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine paired to an electric motor that offers a combined power output of 310 bhp and 361 Nm of peak torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels and is shared with the Toyota Prius Hybrid. While the model is available in both RWD and AWD, Lexus has brought in the top-spec AWD version to the country.
Lexus RX 450h Engine Specs:
Lexus RX 450h Specifications
Engine 3.5 litre
Power 257 bhp at 6000 rpm (engine alone)
Peak Torque 335 Nm at 4800 rpm (engine alone)
Lexus ES 300h
Keeping up with the highly appreciated saloons from Germany, Lexus has introduced its flagship sedan – the ES 300h in the country. The luxury sedan is in the same segment as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S90 and the likes. The ES 300h though differentiates itself with the underrated yet stunning styling and a distinct profile.
ES 300h is a combination of elegant and luxurious exterior design followed by new safety, multimedia and connectivity technology. Much like the RX 450h, the Lexus ES 300h is also supported by a hybrid powertrain and uses a 2.5 litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol motor and an electric motor. The combined output from the motors comes close to 200 bhp, while the car has the option of running on either pure electric or petrol mode.
Lexus ES 300h Dimensions:
Length 4910 mm
Width 1821 mm
Height 1450 mm
Wheelbase 2819 mm
Kerb Weight 1670 kg
The Lexus ES 300h is also loaded on safety tech and comes with 10 airbags as well as the Lexus Safety System+ with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. There is also a High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system that works at speeds over 40 kmph.
Lexus ES 300h Engine Specs:
Lexus ES 300h Specifications
Engine 2.5 litre
Power 154 bhp at 5700 rpm (engine alone)
Peak Torque 211 Nm at 4500 rpm (engine alone)
Lexus LX 450d
The final car to make its way to India is the LX 450d and yes it’s a diesel. No hybrid technology on this one.
Lexus LX 450d Dimensions
Length 5080 mm
Width 1980 mm
Height 1865 mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Kerb Weight 2510-2740 kg
As for the SUV itself, the LX 450d is powered by a 4.5-litre V8 diesel engine, which is capable of generating 268bhp and develop a peak torque of 650 Nm. This power is delivered to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The price of the LX 450d will be shared later.