2006 Lexus RX400h Road Test | CarParts.com

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Lexus RX400h

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A preview of the hybrid SUV

PONTE VEDRA, Hybrid vehicles may still be a bit of a but the Lexus RX400h shows hybrids are going to play an important role in the future.

was one of the first companies to adopt technology, primarily because the decided in the early 1990s to all phases of its hybrid program in without relying on outside or suppliers. That decision is now huge dividends in terms of a base. The second-generation Prius is years ahead of the first and the company is branching out with V-6 for Lexus, the American luxury of Toyota.

The all-wheel-drive RX400h combines a V-6 engine with three motors, one of which drives the wheels. Getting this powertrain to work seamlessly is no task, but Toyota has done it. vehicle has so much computer that it may be more accurate to of it as a computer on wheels.

The RX400h is on the RX330, Lexus highest vehicle. It is 1 inch longer and 300 heavier, and it can tow 3,500 pounds. underneath is radically different, The 3.3-liter V-6 engine produces 208 horsepower, and the electric motors add the of 60 more horsepower, for a total of 268.

That yields acceleration to 60 per hour in 7.3 seconds, which is quicker than the standard

Prices start at $48,535, and the should arrive in showrooms by 15. Lexus expects to receive 27,000 units the first

A Toyota Highlander SUV with the powertrain will go on sale in summer.

The RX400h is a full which means it can operate in or gasoline-only modes, as well as The air conditioner, water pump, and power-steering pump are driven instead of by belts from the engine. That means the has power steering and cool air when the gasoline engine down.

In addition to the gasoline engine, the powertrain has three electric Each does double as a drive motor and a generator. One is a for the engine and also charges the pack, which is mounted the rear seat.

The second motor distributes drive to the wheels through a planetary-gear-type variable transmission. The third drives the rear wheels needed.

Lexus is quick to that this is not an off-road system, but one suitable for dirt, wet or roads.

Dave Hermance, executive of environmental engineering at Toyotas Center, said performance, not economy, was the goal with the system. Consequently, the V-6 engine the regular Otto combustion and not the Atkinson cycle used in the

Lexus RX400h

Nevertheless, the fuel mileage of 31 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the is quite good. The city is a 72 percent increase over the 18 mpg of the Hybrids get better city because they are able to solely on electric power for away from a stop.

The engine kicks in as more is needed.

In terms of emissions, the RX400h Californias Super Ultra Low Vehicle standard, one of the most in the industry. The RX400h uses a fuel system to avoid of gasoline fumes. An electric door keeps the system until it is time to refuel.

The door wont open fuel vapors have directed into the evaporation

When the vehicle is coasting or the electric motors function as They capture the kinetic that would normally be as heat and transform it into that recharges the batteries.

developed a Vehicle Integrated Management system for the RX400h goes well beyond the traction and stability controls. according to Hermance, anticipates instability in any direction and makes so subtly that the driver can feel them happening. controlled braking of each wheel is a key part of VDIM, as is the throttle and electronic power

Ill offer drive impressions production vehicles are available.

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