We had earlier reported, that Toyota will bring its premium Lexus line with a facelift of its flagship sports coupe for 2017. Now, reports suggest that the Japanese company have zeroed on a date for the launch to be March 24. Moreover, the company have commenced with the bookings of RX450h and ES300h for the first batch of customers. The 2 products from Lexus will only be launched by March 2017, with the India operations to begin next month.
Lexus will look to compete against the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Audi in India with the RX and ES. Lexus will initially open dealerships in Mumbai and Delhi. However, the Lexus vehicles will come with the CBU kit and hence will be expensive to the pocket. Lexus plans to open a total of 4 dealerships in India- one in Mumbai, one in Bengaluru and two in New Delhi.
Price: We expect the Lexus RX to come at a price of Rs 55 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 65 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).
Engine: The Lexus ES comes in two variants- Standard and hybrid. The Lexus ES comes with a 3.5L, V6 engine that churns out maximum power output of 268HP and maximum torque of 248 @ 4,700rpm, mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic ECT.
Price: We expect the Lexus RX to come at a price of Rs 85 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 95 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).
Engine: Internationally, the Lexus RX SUV comes in two variants, a RX 350 and RX 450H. While the RX 350 comes with 3.5L, V6, diesel engine that produces power output of 295 HP and maximum torque of 363Nm, mated to eight-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission (ECT). On the other hand, the Lexus RX 450H comes with the same 3.5L, V6 diesel engine but with tuned up power of 308HP and torque of 334Nm, mated to the same eight-speed automatic ECT.