Lexus Drives Judges Wild On Electric

Wed 26th Jan 2022

The Lexus NX 450h+ has taken hybrid electric innovation to the peak of performance and been praised as an electrified car that drivers can enjoy ‘without compromises’.

The all-new mid-size premium SUV was one of the big winners at this week’s What Car? Awards, collecting the prize for Plug-in Hybrid of the Year, with judges saying that Lexus’ very first plug-in, which was only introduced late last year was ‘one of the most compelling reasons to go green’.

The lavish ceremony proved to be a good night for the Lexus team, as they also won the Best High-end Convertible for the LC 500 Convertible.

“The all-new NX 450h+ is a pivotal model for our brand, setting the template for future Lexus vehicles that will raise the level of driver rewards, environmental performance and all-round quality to an even higher level,” said Chris Hayes, Director of Lexus in the UK. “To have our first plug-in hybrid electric model honoured with this award on its debut is an achievement that is warmly appreciated by everyone at Lexus. Likewise, the award for the LC 500 Convertible reflects the breadth of design and engineering excellence at work in our company.”

The NX 450h+ is Lexus’ halo model of the new NX range and comes with a full plug-in system which is capable of 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds while producing only 21-25g/km of CO2 emissions.

Speaking about both the NX 450h+ and the LC 500 Convertible, Steve Huntingford of What Car? said: “The Lexus NX is one of the most compelling reasons to go green that we’ve yet seen, with a long electric-only range which should not only slash motorists running costs, but also makes for tempting company car tax rates. The NX is good to drive, too, and has an interior that’s hard to fault in any respect. In short, Lexus has proved that driving an electrified car without accepting compromises need not be a fantasy.

“The LC 500’s V8 is an aural delight whether you’re revving it out on the open road or bumbling around town. Moreover, when the roof is in place and you’re cruising at speed, the LC is much better at shutting out wind noise than its rivals. Add in concept car looks and beautiful interior that feels like it’s been built to outlast the Earth and you have an unspeakably desirable package.”