Lexus today announced pricing and availability for its much-anticipated RX 400h hybrid SUV. Due to go on sale April 15 at a base sticker price of $48,535, the RX 400h joins the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid as the only other hybrid SUV on the market, and the only luxury vehicle built with a gas-electric powertrain. At $48,535, the base RX 400h costs about $4,585 more than its comparably equipped gas-only brother, an all-wheel drive RX 330. In addition to the hybrid system, the RX 400h has a new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management stability control system (VDIM) and comes standard with leather interior trim, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, roof rack with rails, illuminated entry system, a one-touch open/close moonroof, Lexus DVD navigation system with rear backup camera, six-disc CD changer, new 18-inch wheels and HID headlamps with the Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS).
Also new for the RX 400h is VDIM, which according to Lexus anticipates vehicle instability in virtually any direction and makes stabilizing corrections while allowing higher dynamic capability.