Lexus Launches 2012 RX 450h Hybrid SUV

Luxury automobile manufacturer Lexus has announced details of the 2012 RX 450h hybrid, boasting of the 30 mpg fuel economy, a figure that beats the pants off standard SUVs, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The all-wheel drive option hybrid is powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery and 123-kilowatt electric motor generator, as well as two front and rear electric motors, enabling the SUV to go in all-electric mode for a short distance before the 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine takes over.

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image via Lexus

We recently reported that Lexus has also released details of the 2012 CT 200h hybrid sedan that has a 40 mpg fuel economy and retails for around $30,000. The RX 450h, however, retails for around $45,000. [Note: the photo above is of the 2011 model.]

For those who are interested, the Smoky Granite Mica color has been replaced by the Nebula Gray Pearl color in the 2012 model. Now, whether anyone will be able to tell the different between the two shades of gray remains to be seen.

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