Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, has officially begun their operations in India with the launch of 3 products. The SUV /RX crossover and ES sedan will lead the charge for the firm to set up base in India. Lexus won’t have it easy in the country, even though it does have a fan following here. The Lexus RX luxury crossover range in India includes the RX 450h Luxury, valued at Rs.1.07 core, and the RX 450h F Sport, rated at Rs.1.10 core (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Lexus ES luxury sedan is offered only as the ES 300h hybrid variant and is priced at Rs.55.27 lakh, (ex-showroom Delhi). Let us take a look at the vehicles Lexus has launched in India.
The RX stands out among the business’s range in India — it is more stylish and has a compact footmark as compared to the ES and LX. 2 variants of the crossover are on offer: the hybrid-powered RX 450h Luxury and the sportier RX 450h F Sport. Highlights on the outside include all-LED headlamps, ‘Spindle’ grille, LED cornering lamps, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, illuminated door handles, a moon-roof etc. The F Sport variant gets an exclusive grille and front splitter along with 20-inch wheels with a dissimilar design.
Inside, the features include a heads-up display, ergonomics seats with backrest angle adjustment for the back seats, 10 way electrically modifiable front seats, wireless charging, 60:40 back seats, touch less rear hatch opening etc. The F Sport gets dark rose interior, 8 way changeable front seats, sport pedals, paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, sport instrument cluster with performance display etc. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround system is offered as standard on both options.
The F Sport and RX 450h Luxury are powered by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3.5-litre V-6 petrol motor and 2 electric motors (one on each axle). The power is sent through an eCVT transmission through an intelligent AWD system. The joint power output of the system is 313-PS and 335-Nm of peak joint torque, with the RX 450-h accelerating from 0-100 kmph in just 7.7 seconds and going on to hit 200 kmph. Claimed fuel efficiency is 18.8 kmpl.
The Lexus ES is the only sedan in the firm’s lineup in India currently and is offered entirely with a hybrid powertrain. The Lexus ES-300h is all about frugal but luxurious motoring for the person looking for something different.
The ES 300h boasts of an edgy design that is also very aerodynamic; highlights include all-LED headlights set in the Lexus signature ‘L’ shape, ‘Spindle’ grille etc.
On the inside, the ES300h features ambient illumination, a panoramic moon-roof, tyre pressure monitor, hill-start assist, parking assist system and 10 airbags. Equipment offered as standard include cruise control, 15-inch Mark Levinson surround sound system, a powered back sunshade, 3-zone air conditioning system, 19-way adjustable front seats. The hybrid drivetrain, consisting of a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol motor paired to an electric motor driving the front wheels, develops a mutual power output of 205PS and supreme torque of 213Nm. A start/stop system along with EV-only drive mode allow the ES to stretch the distance the car can go on a single liter of fuel with a claimed fuel-efficiency of 17.8kmpl.
Lexus has also announced that LX flagship SUV will be officially launched later in 2017. The LX range will consist of the only the diesel powered LX-450-d and not the petrol powered LX-570. The business has also announced that it will launch its flagship sedan, the LS, later – it will be offered in the top-of-the-line LS 600h trim.
Lexus has four dealerships presently up and running in India, in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Exclusive after sales service centers have also been set up in Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi.