Lexus has drawn on more than 15 years of hybrid technology expertise to produce its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the new NX 450h+.
The halo model in the new NX range, it features a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre hybrid Atkinson cycle engine, a 134 kW front electric motor, a 40 kW rear electric motor, hybrid transaxle and a lithium-ion battery with 18.1 kWh capacity – the highest capacity in its class. The engine’s high output and fuel efficiency are supported by a long, 103.4 mm stroke and high 14.0:1 compression ratio, together with Dual VVT-i electrically controlled intelligent variable valve-timing and D-4S direct/indirect fuel injection with multi-hole injectors.
The full plug-in system, including electric motors and battery, produces a maximum 309 DIN hp/227 kW, enabling acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. At the same time, CO2 emissions between 20 and 26g/km* and fuel economy between 0.9 and 1.1 l/100km* are class-leading.
Thanks to its powerful battery and superior efficiency, NX 450h also provides a substantially higher EV range. At 69 to 76km* in the combined WLTP cycle, or even 89 to 98km in the urban cycle, this is more than twice the range offered by competitors in the segment. The new battery’s performance also enables all-electric driving at speeds up to 135 km/h. Using Lexus’ new compact and lightweight hybrid transaxle, the plug-in hybrid electric system delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency and power.
The NX 450h+ is equipped as standard with Lexus’ intelligent E-Four electric all-wheel drive system (details in the dynamic performance chapter below) and has a 1.5-tonne (braked) towing capacity.
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