March 1, 2005

Pricing for hybrid Lexus RX 400h announced

2006 Lexus RX 400h
Photo: G. Yoxon. Click image to enlarge

Toronto – Lexus Canada announced the 2006 Lexus RX 400h, the world’s first luxury gasoline/electric hybrid SUV, will be available
in two trim packages with a suggested retail price starting at $62,200.

The RX 400h – new for the 2006 model year – features a Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain with a 3.3-litre V6 engine and a high-torque electric-drive motor-generator, plus a rear electric-drive motor-generator. Together with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, RX 400h delivers the equivalent of 268 horsepower to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under eight seconds, with improved low- to mid-speed response. In addition, the RX 400h powertrain has the fuel efficiency comparable to that of an average compact sedan, as well as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating – one of the most stringent emissions ratings in the industry.

The RX 400h is equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), a feature that is exclusive to hybrids in the RX lineup. VDIM uses a variety of sensors to anticipate vehicle stability control problems and correct the situation through braking and
throttle control. The new VDIM system is less intrusive than a conventional vehicle stability system, and ultimately more effective.

The RX 400h also features unique 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically-powered air conditioning, electronic brake control and electric power steering. Regardless of trim level, the RX 400h comes with unique brushed aluminum interior accents to create a look and feel that complement the vehicle’s high-tech performance.

At the Premium trim level (suggested price: $62,200), the RX 400h includes nearly every feature in the traditional RX 330 with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, power rear door, power tilt sliding moonroof, high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, adaptive front lighting system, and premium illuminated entry.

To these standard features the Ultra Premium trim level (suggested price: $69,700) adds a Mark Levinson audio system with 11 speakers; two sets of wireless headphones; rear audio joystick controls; a rear seat DVD entertainment system; a seven-inch liquid crystal display rear monitor; audio and DVD remote controls; and a DVD-based navigation system.

The non-hybrid Lexus RX 330 has a manufcaturer’s suggested retail price $55,780 with Premium package and $63,335 in Ultra Premium trim level.

The 2006 Lexus RX 400h will go on sale in Canada in April.

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