Lexus makes debut plug-in hybrid

Lexus makes debut plug-in hybrid

April 18, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Lexus Corporation intends to make a plug-in hybrid from the NX crossover, the power unit for which will be borrowed from the co-platform Toyota RAV4 Prime.

According to InsideEVs portal on Saturday, April 18, the Japanese automaker is developing the first plug-in hybrid in the brand’s history. Despite the fact that in the model range the corporation already has a couple of hybrid variations, none of them has the ability to charge the battery from the network.

  Now the company has filed an application for registration of the NX 450+ trademark with the European Patent Office, under which, according to insiders, the debut plug-in hybrid will be hidden. It is assumed that the Lexus NX 450+ will receive the same powertrain as the Toyota RAV4 Prime cross, which debuted in the fall of 2019.

Soplatform Toyota has a 4-cylinder “aspirated” volume of 2.5 liters and a pair of electric motors – the total performance of the unit is 306 hp On one recharge of a 16 kWh battery, the RAV4 can travel a little more than 60 km on electric traction. In addition to the Lexus NX 450+ variation, the application refers to the NX 350h brand – obviously, the version will replace the current variation of the NX 300h cross.