Published on December 8th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


All-New Lexus NX Launched In Thailand – First PHEV Lexus There

Lexus NX 450h+ becomes Thailand’s first PHEV Lexus.

When it comes to the latest advancements in car technology, Lexus are sometimes half a generation behind the time – but they make sure they get it right the first time to keep customers happy with the level of quality. This happened with turbocharged engines and now it has happened again with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology. The all-new Lexus NX premium compact SUV was launched in Thailand this month and became the brand’s first PHEV to be sold in the Kingdom.

Lexus NX PHEV cover photo charging

The Lexus NX450h+ model was launched in Thailand in three trim levels – Grand Luxury, Premium and F Sport with prices ranging from 3,590,000 THB – 4,320,000 THB (roughly RM452,000-RM544,000). This PHEV flagship model is also sold alongside the NX350h, which is a conventional hybrid with a smaller battery pack and no external charging capabilities.

Lexus NX PHEV in motion from the rear

On the NX 450h+, you get a newly-developed 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. This system draws power from a 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of 87km of EV range. It takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge on a Type 2 AC 6.6kW charger.

Here are some technical specifications:

NX 450h+: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder Plug-in Hybrid engine 

Max output: 182 Horsepower at 6,000 rpm

Max torque: 227 Nm at 3,200 – 3,700 rpm

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Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Front motor: Max output 134 kW / Max torque 270 Nm

Rear motor: Max output 40 kW / Max torque 121 Nm

Lithium-ion Hybrid Battery

Battery capacity: 18.1 kW/h

Engine and Electric Motors 

Max output: 227 kW (304 Horsepower)

Fuel Consumption

76.9 km/l

Other firsts for the new Lexus NX

The new Lexus NX is also built on the new GA-K architecture for a larger, sportier and highly rigid body structure.

Lexus are trying out new things on this generation, such as E-Latch systems for the doors. This electrical door latch enables smooth, effortless door opening by simply touching the switch from either inside or outside the vehicle. There is a mechanical backup in case of electrical failure.

It also brings Lexus Teammate Advance Park, which assesses the surrounding terrain using cameras and ultrasonic sensors before self-parking with no user input.

It adopts the latest Lexus Safety System Plus (LSS+) advanced driver assistance systems too:

Pre-collision Safety System 

The system aids in the avoidance of collisions with oncoming vehicles. When the system determines that there is a high possibility of a collision, it will automatically activate the alarm and brakes in a bid to help mitigate the damage. Plus, this system detects approaching pedestrians and bicycles.

Lexus NX PHEV front in motion

Adaptive High-beam System (AHS) 

The intelligent high-low beam adjustment technology automatically controls the precise distribution of headlight beam to the object in front of the car, resulting in improved visibility for safer night driving, and prevents fellow road users from being disturbed.

Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) 

When the vehicle is detected crossing a lane without a turn signal, the system will quickly trigger vibration at the steering wheel as well as alerts on the driving information display. It also aids in keeping the car in its lane by supporting the steering wheel.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 

Without pressing the accelerator, the system imposes constant speed control. It will use radar and front camera to measure the distance between the preceding vehicles and automatically reduce and increase the speed to keep a safe distance.

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