Lexus reveals RX 450h SE-I LifestyleBut has it arrived too late for winter roads?

11 January 2011

Lexus RX 450h SE-I Lifestyle

The Lexus RX450h SE-I Lifestyle comes with £1,500 worth of extra equipment

Lexus releases special edition Lifestyle version of the RX 450h SE-I, just in time for… winter.

Lexus has been perhaps just a touch slow on the uptake here – although spring is still a little way off yet, winter has been going on a while now. So what’s the RX 450h SE-I Lifestyle got to tempt you?

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Lexus RX 450h SE-I Lifestyle: added extras for added value

Simply put, Lexus has loaded the RX 450h SE-I Lifestyle up with more than £1,500 in accessories, but is only charging £499 extra for them.

The exterior of this particular version of Lexus’ premium hybrid SUV has been fitted with front and rear under-run plates, a rear bumper protector and roof rails.

On the inside Lexus has included a tough rubber boot liner to protect the carpet, plus a storage box capable of keeping food cold or warm as required.

Hard to believe, but that little lot really would add £1,500 to the price of a standard SE-I.

Watch our Lexus RX 450h video here

Very efficient, very well equipped

So what else do you get for you money?

The RX 450h is a latest generation hybrid – and since the technology really does seem to have come of age now, this means it is highly efficient for such a large SUV. It combines a 3.5-litre petrol V6 with electric power to give you 295bhp, 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Yet emits just 145g/km CO2 and returns a claimed 44.8mpg.

SE-I specification is mid-level, but even so, being a Lexus standard kit is more than generous. Climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, leather seats, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and stability control are all included.

The Lexus RX 450h SE-I Lifestyle is on sale now, priced from £48,899.    

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