The forthcoming 2021 Lexus RX 450h is going on sale later this year, and it will introduce its latest updates. While it looks aggressive and sporty, this model comes with a relaxed character and a high level of comfort. Whatsoever, if you upgrade it to the F Sport model, don’t expect significant upgrades in terms of performance and driving.
Complete RX lineup provides good performances. However, it is the RX 450h that comes with a hybrid powertrain. That means better acceleration and, of course, higher fuel efficiency. Lexus offers RL and RX-L variants, and both models are full of luxury. For 2021, Lexus will introduce a new special edition, unique interior color scheme, and various driver-assistance aids.
2021 RX 450h Redesign
Design-wise, new 2021 Lexus RX 450h will look more sophisticated than its predecessor. This model already looks attractive, and it offers a unique design. Everything about the RX lineup looks so stylish and premium. Now, Lexus plans to deliver even better styling, but drastic changes won’t happen. Instead, this crossover will arrive with mid-cycle refreshments.
The front fascia hosts the same spindle grille, but this grille looks bolder now. LED headlights will remain intact and but taillights will feature a different shape. Lexus will introduce a new Black Line Special Edition package for the F Sport models. This package comes with black exterior accents and new 20-inch black wheels.
Interior Lacks Modern Features
Lexus offers premium interior design. However, this crossover lacks many modern high-tech features. Whatsoever, the 2021 Lexus RX 450h does not offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and onboard Wi-Fi. Moreover, its Enform infotainment system is difficult to use. On the other hand, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen looks good, but a 12.3-inch display that is optional is the real deal. Lexus provides a standard 12-speaker sound system and various driver-assistance aids.
The RX 450h model is full of leather materials and wood trims. There is plenty of room on the inside, and comfort is admirable. For 2021, this crossover will get new interior color schemes. That includes Ultra White and Grecian Water colors that are part of the Black Line Special Edition package.
The RX lineup offers various type of engines. While models such as RX 350 are using 3.5-liter V6, new 2021 Lexus RX 450h comes with the same V6, and it adds two electric motors. Thanks to that, the hybrid variant provides 308 horsepower compared to the RX 350 model that generates 295 hp. A potent V6 is mated to a 123-kW electric motor and a battery pack.
According to Lexus, new RX 450h will provide over 31 mpg combined. That makes hybrid crossover a good long-distance runner. However, this model lacks good acceleration as it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds flat.
2021 Lexus RX 450h Release Date, Price
The forthcoming 2021 Lexus RX 450h will start at $52,000. Moreover, the 450h Luxury L model will cost $57,000. To compare, the base RX 350 model is available for 45,000 and F Sport variant for $49,000. If you are looking for a good crossover with great fuel efficiency, RX 450h might be the answer. Lexus plans to launch its new model by the end of 2020.