- Lexus NX 450H +: The first Lexus Plug-in Hybrid
- More than ten new E cars, plug-in hybrids and hybrids from Lexus to 2025
With the new NX, Lexus opens a new chapter in its history: The second generation of the SUV model shows a further developed body design and drives with the first plug-in hybrid of Lexus the electrification progressing. At the same time, the new NX offers driving dynamic improvements for an active and networked driving experience, next-generation multimedia and connectivity as well as new technologies for more security and comfort, as the manufacturer
The new NX replaces a very successful model for Toyota’s premium offshoot Lexus in Europe. Since the introduction of 2014, more than 170.000 units sold – predominantly to customers who drive for the first time a lexus. Thus, the NX has also contributed significantly to the brand growth in Germany. For the second model generation, Lexus has completely reinvented the NX according to its own statement. In performance, handling and efficiency significant progress has been made, 95 percent of the vehicle parts are new.
The new NX owns the potential to further expand the market position of Lexus. This claim is also reflected in the extended drive column: The new NX is the first Lexus model with a plug-in hybrid system. The new model rolls in November 2021 on German roads. Next year, Lexus also wants to introduce its first model, which is designed exclusively on electric drive.
Lexus NX 450H +: The first Lexus Plug-in Hybrid
In the first Lexus plug-in hybrid vehicle, the new NX 450H +, are more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the field of hybrid technology. The new top model of the NX series has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine and a lithium-ion battery with 18.1 kWh. An additional electric motor on the rear axle ensures four-wheel drive. The plug-in system provides a total output of 225 kW (306 hp) on the wheels and accelerates the NX 450H + in barely more than six seconds from zero to 100 km / h. At the same time, CO2 emissions are below 40 g / km (combined WLTP cycle) and fuel consumption at under three liters per 100 km, unless the battery is loaded as possible as possible. The capacity of the battery enables a leading electrical reach of up to 63 kilometers per battery charge in this segment per battery charge and a purely electric driving with up to 135 km / h.
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The unique feature: The plug-in hybrid from Lexus also preserve its high efficiency when the battery is empty. In many competitors, in these cases, the internal combustion engine, at the NX 450H +, assumes a self-loading hybrid system. The NX should thus be around 20 percent more efficient under these conditions than the competition.
The practicality of the NX is not limited by a clever accommodation of the system components: the trunk has a charging volume of 500 liters as well as the conventional hybrid model. Under the trunk floor there is a small 21-liter compartment in which the charging cable can be stored – without disturbing edge in the trunk. The tank volume of 55 liters also remains unchanged; Lexus thus takes into account the fact that customers in this segment often use their vehicle for longer trips.
More than ten new E cars, plug-in hybrids and hybrids from Lexus to 2025
“So today we have sold more than two million hybrid and electric cars in around 90 countries and regions of the world and thus promoted the dissemination of electrification,” says Takashi Watanabe, Chief Engineer and responsible for the future strategy, Lexus Electrified ‘. “In 2025, Lexus will offer an electrified variant in all model series and then wants to sell more electric cars as combustion vehicles. In addition, we will introduce more than ten new and improved electrified vehicles by 2025, including pure electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hybrid.”
Lexus consistently focuses on technology diversity: the company wants to offer customers in all countries and regions of the world options that best suits their needs, the prevailing infrastructure, the applicable regulations and energy conditions. Therefore, the company works on a flowing introduction of the electrification and wants to further drive the product development of all types of drivers in order to be able to offer the right product in the right place at the right time at the right time.
The premium manufacturer wants to combine the fun of driving with the social goal of CO2 neutrality. Lexus therefore wants to develop vehicles that are CO2-neutral over their entire lifecycle – from the production of materials, parts and vehicles to sales, disposal and recycling. And that by 2050 in all model series.
Hybrid vehicles are Chief Engineer Watanabe, according to currently an important step towards climate neutrality, also in the light of current infrastructure development. “We are convinced that we can achieve the goal of CO2 neutrality faster if we use the ability of hybrids and plug-in hybrids to recreate batteries while driving.”
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