Lexus has just unveiled the RX 450h, its latest hybrid SUV, at the LA motor show.
Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 295bhp, the Lexus RX450h will replace both the existing RX400h hybrid and the RX350 when it goes on sale in the UK.
Power will be delivered through a front-wheel-drive hybrid system. Non-permanent four-wheel drive and regenerative braking will also help save fuel.
This second-generation hybrid RX will also be more efficient than its predecessor thanks to a heat recovery system to reduce engine warm-up time and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system to reduce engine pumping losses.
When the Lexus RX450h arrives in the UK in summer 2009, it will be marked out with a new front grille and bumper, blue-trimmed Lexus logos and blue-tinted headlights. A special 19-inch alloy wheel design and LED headlights will also be available as an option.
The Lexus RX450h will also get 10 airbags, adaptive front lighting and active headrests. Prices are still to be confirmed, but expect to pay a small premium over the outgoing RX400h, at around £37,000.