Toyota’s luxury marque Lexus officially enters the Indian market with three models on offer, ES 300h, RX 450h and LX 450d. Bookings were started a while ago, and deliveries will begin from April. Prices below are ex-Delhi.
|ES 300h||Rs 55,27,000|
|RX 450h Luxury||Rs 1,07,29,000|
|RX 450h F-Sport||Rs 1,09,61,000|
So far, the Lexus vehicles were imported and docked at the TKM factory in Bengaluru, and then sent to the dealer to hand it over to the customer, a friend who worked for Toyota told me. Now, the official ‘Lexus Boutique’ will be opened first in Mumbai, and then in Delhi, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Eventually, Chandigarh, Chennai and Cochin will have one too.
Lexus ES 300h
The most affordable Lexus in India. If you remember, this sedan was imported nearly a year ago for testing and homologation. It packs a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a total system output of 202 hp and 213 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Transmission is taken care of by a CVT, sending power to the front wheels. There’s also an EV mode. The hybrid sedan can accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and top speed is 180 km/h.
Lexus RX 450h
The second hybrid product for India is the RX 450h SUV, packing a 3.5-litre (3,456 cc) V6 petrol, with a total system output of 308 hp at 6,000 rpm and 335 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. A CVT takes care of the transmission, sending power to all four wheels. A 0 – 100 km/h acceleration happens in 7.7 seconds and maxes out at 200 km/h.
Lexus LX 450d
Consider this as the Lexus-ized version of the Land Cruiser 200. The full-size 7-seater diesel SUV from Lexus packs a 4.5-litre (4,461 cc) V8 diesel, producing 261 hp at 3,600 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 1,600 – 2,800 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Artificial Intelligence (AI) sends power to all four wheels. Power seems to be detuned for India. The massive SUV does 0 – 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and maxes out at 210 km/h. Lexus will announce the price later, but media reports speculate it to be around Rs 2.3 Crore ex-showroom.
As you would expect, all the creature comforts, luxuries and latest technologies are packed into the above models. Imported to India as CBU.