LEXUS ELECTRIFIED VISION: ALL-NEW NX 450h+ CONFIRMED FOR AUSTRALIA
Lexus Australia will advance its electrification leadership in early 2022, when the high-performance, low-emissions NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will arrive as the flagship all-new Lexus NX.
The first-ever Lexus PHEV delivers a class-leading 87km of electric driving range1, fuel consumption from 1.3 litres per 100 kilometres2 and exhilarating performance with 227kW of power and zero to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
The NX 450h+ will complement the hybrid-electric NX 350h - expected to be the top-selling powertrain in Australia - to provide customers with the luxury of choice and continue the Lexus Electrified vision.
Headlining the advanced NX 450h+ powertrain is an electric motor mounted on the front axle and delivering 134kW of power and 270Nm of torque, supported by a second electric motor on the rear axle delivering a further 40kW/121Nm.
An 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery package enables the Lexus NX 450h+ to drive purely on electricity and with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 87km1.
The significant power and torque generated by the pair of electric motors is further supported by a 136kW/227Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine to enable a total 227kW and high performance characteristics with instant response.
When utilising the renowned Lexus hybrid-electric system, the NX 450h+ can deliver 1.3 litres per 100 kilometres2 and emit only 29 grams of CO2 per kilometre3.
Drivers are able to choose from multiple hybrid and EV driving modes that best suit the driving conditions.
EV Priority mode ensures the electric motors will power the NX 450h+ even when the accelerator is fully pressed, continuing to operate solely on electric power for a maximum amount of time.
In Auto EV/HV mode, the petrol engine will only activate when the accelerator is fully pressed or in situations that require brisk acceleration, for example during high-speed overtaking.
In HV mode, the powertrain emulates the balanced performance of the renowned hybrid-electric Lexus systems, maintaining a level of battery charge by starting and stopping the petrol engine as required.
Battery Charging mode engages the petrol engine to help recover charge if it drops below the level required for EV-only driving, for maximum driving flexibility and assistance in ensuring situations such as city driving can then utilise electric power.
Drivers will also be able to choose from performance-oriented drive modes that control the powertrain, transmission, suspension and vehicle stability control to best suit particular roads and a driver's preferred driving style.