Singer of the hybrid, like its parent company Toyota, Lexus has not become a pioneer of the rechargeable hybrid. We will even have to wait until the end of 2021 and this second generation of NX for the Japanese to become the plug-in hybrid. Borrowed from Toyota’s RAV4 PHEV cousin, the mechanics combine a 2.5-cylinder 2.5-cylinder dual-injection offering 185 hp, coupled, via a planetary gear train, to an 182 hp front-facing electric motor. The set is complemented, in the rear axle, with a second electric block of 54 hp that provides all-wheel drive and a very comfortable total power of 309 hp. The 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery offers a comfortable electrical range as we measured 74, 52 and 41 km respectively in our city, road and highway cycles, although the latter makes no sense.. There’s still a lot to make all the trips home and work during the week with zero emissions behind the wheel of this NX. All with great smoothness and a lot of brightness, even on the road, as it only takes 8.6 s to go from 80 to 120 km / h only with electric motors.
Lexus NX 450h + verified electrical autonomy
- City autonomy: 74 km
- Autonomy road: 52 km
- Autonomy of the motorway: 41 km
Measured consumption, “empty” battery, Lexus NX 450 h +
- City consumption: 6.3 l / 100 km
- Road consumption: 7.2 l / 100 km
- Motorway consumption: 9 l / 100 km
- Average fuel consumption: 7.2 l / 100 km
muscle advancement …
Of course, it is even better when the 2.5 adds its strength, with only 6.5 seconds in this case. If the advances are made with great vigor, we expected more of this power. A phenomenon already noticed with the RAV4, because the available power of its battery decreases significantly when its level of charge is low. While many of its competitors continue to offer much more powerful weather in this case, around 4 s from 80 to 120 km / h. In return, this NX really takes care of its sobriety, even the discharged battery, once it automatically switches to hybrid mode, despite a high mass of 2,013 kg.. Especially in the city, with only 6.3 l / 100 km.
In this use in the city, where its size is not an advantage (4.66 m), the Lexus is very smooth to use. Of course, the large 20-inch wheels of this Executive finish (18-inch only in luxury) go up a bit of trepidation on the road joints, but the beautiful progressiveness of its suspensions absorbs the biggest faults (descents of speed, etc.). ) easily. With a light right foot, you can reach 50 km / h quite easily without starting the thermal, which wakes up almost without feeling.with a total absence of shaking, to cut again with the same discretion at the slightest elevation of the foot.
… but kind on board
A very appreciable relaxed life on board, reinforced by this zen interior with soft shapes and meticulous materials. And then another advantage in the city, the very high driving position, where the dashboard is overlooked, even with the seat adjusted to the lowest position, allows good peripheral vision.. Once away from the cities, this very livable Lexus still prefers softness. Despite the adoption of a variable reduction steering, which is becoming more direct as the steering moves forward, its front axle is not particularly incisive. But it is still quite effective in turns, as long as it does not precipitate, but expands its trajectory in a non-progressive way. A trend that should not be forgotten on wet roads, with its large mass. This Japanese, therefore, prefers a quiet ride, where, moreover, he stays very quiet as long as his 2.5 does not exceed 2,500 rpm.. Because to make an advance or a resuscitation on the mountain, where the variable effect of its transmission makes it go up to the towers, this 4-cylinder then becomes a fight. Luckily, it doesn’t last long.
A know-how that pays off
Successful but priced in German (starting at € 66,490, and € 74,990 for this well-equipped Executive), this NX also calls for new habits. Thus, although ergonomics has advanced since the previous generation, activation and configuration of driving aids (aids to maintain the line, cruise control, etc.) can only be done using the buttons suitable for the steering wheel and through the head-up display. … Which users of polarized glasses will find it difficult to read. And then the voice command “Hey Lexus” turns out to be slow. Finally, between too long a response time and then the brutality, the proportion of braking is still delicate in case of surprise..