As a consummate all-rounder, the Lexus RX 450h luxury SUV is hard to beat. Widely regarded as the all-weather Lexus, its construction and full hybrid powertrain has been designed to tackle everything from long-haul road trips and the punishing cold of the Arctic Circle to that most testing of circumstances, the urban school run.
Recently, however, Lexus has made this worldwide phenomenon even more appealing with the launch of a new Advance trim level. Slotting between Luxury and F Sport grades, RX 450h Advance models benefit from a host of unique styling features, such as a deeper front bumper with a stronger rendition of the distinctive spindle grille, darkened 19-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, intelligent-adaptive headlights, and the option of a panoramic glass sunroof that bathes the leather interior in light.
This, of course, is in addition to the comprehensive equipment list and winning qualities that already define every RX: its dynamic power, generous interior space, and incredible economy.
The full hybrid powertrain of the RX 450h Advance officially returns 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and produces emissions of 145g/km – results that make it appealing for both business users and private buyers. Combining a 3.5-litre Atkinson cycle V6 petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, the unit produces a maximum of 295bhp, enabling the vehicle to sprint to 62mph in less than eight seconds. A second electric motor on the rear axle allows the system to deliver all-wheel drive performance when conditions require extra grip.
Available now, the RX 450h Advance is priced £48,495. There is a choice of six exterior colours: Velvet Black, Arctic Pearl (as seen in these images), Mercury Grey, Satin Silver, Celestial Black and Burgundy Red. These can be matched with ivory, light grey, black and saddle tan perforated leather in the cabin, all matched with a dark grey gloss inlay. A Protection Pack can be specified for the Advance, adding a boot liner, bumper protection plate, cargo net and rubber floor mats for £445.
To arrange a test drive, visit the designated RX section of the Lexus UK website.