The new 2019 Lexus RX 450hL had the premiere at the motor show in Geneva. However, fans will have to wait for some while until the extended version of the luxury hybrid SUV arrives in dealerships. The mid-size segment now offers petrol and hybrid models, with two or three rows of seats. The RX 450hL is another way to improve the versatility of the lineup that is the best-selling in Lexus family. The RX manages to maintain sale numbers over 100k every year. Well, with so many different options, no one should be surprised.
The RX lineup has the entry-level 350 model, its extended 350L version, and top of the class F Sport. For hybrid lovers, there is RX 450h. The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is a three-row model. As the petrol sibling, the hybrid will have its own F Sport package. The current generation of the RX lineup dates from 2015. It is still no time for a redesign or mid-cycle refresh. Also, we can consider the addition of the 450hL model as some kind of an update. After only a year, the new model for 2019 will suffer only minor, cosmetic modifications.
2019 Lexus RX 450hL Specs
The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is using a hybrid setup. It is the same one we can see on the regular 450h model. Interesting, extended version in petrol variant delivers five horsepower less than the standard model. Two hybrids are putting out 308 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Only petrol drivetrain, a 3.5-liter V6 can make 260 horses.
Furthermore, there is another significant difference between L crossovers with different engines. While buyers can choose front- or all-wheel drive on petrol model, the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is AWD exclusively. Also, an extended model of the hybrid SUV is heavier than its shorter sibling. More pounds means worse fuel economy. In the city, instead of 31 mpg, the new RX 450hL will return 29 mpg.
2019 Lexus RX 450hL Dimensions and Weight
The size of the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is absolutely the same as for the RX 350L model. Compared to the standard hybrid, the only difference is in the length of the body. The L version adds 4.5 inches. Also, it leads to more pounds in the body and higher fuel consumption. The crossover is 197 inches long, with the wheelbase of 110 inches. Width is 74.5 inches, height 67 inches. The RX 450hL is 150 pounds heavier than 450h.
2019 Lexus RX 450hL Price
More pounds, more inches, more fuel – more money. The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is one of the most expensive versions in the lineup. The entry-level petrol unit RX 350 costs $44,000 and the longer-body option will cost $4k more. However, the F Sport is the most expensive SUV with a petrol engine only. In a hybrid class, the order is the same. To add this type of drivetrain, buyers will have to spend $2,000-$3,000 more. The least expensive hybrid is RX 450h. The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL exceeds the price of $50k. For $1,500 more, buyers can get hybrid F Sport. On the other hand, money could be spent on additional packages and single upgrades for infotainment, safety, or appearance.