Rumours about Toyota's luxury arm, Lexus, coming to India can now be put to rest as the Japanese carmaker has announced Lexus' entry in India by 2017. Bookings of various models from the Lexus model range has commenced and the cars will be delivered by March, next year. The first 'Lexus Boutique' showroom is expected to be inaugurated in Mumbai where a complete experiential centre of the brand with various models on display will be present. This premium outlet is expected to be located at Taj Hotel, Santa Cruz, near Chattrapati Shivaji Airport Terminal. For a start, three cars will foray into the country, the Lexus LX450h (hybrid), ES300h and LX450d or LX570. The cars coming to India will initially be imported through the CBU (Completely-Built Unit), while the company will set up a local assembly plant in the country later.
The Lexus 450h is a crossover which will be available in India in its fourth generation. It is powered by a 3.5-litre V6, petrol engine which will be coupled to an electric motor and the combined output of the hybrid will be 308 hp. Similar to the upcoming Toyota Prius, the hybrid crossover, LX450h engine and motor combination will be mated to an eCVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission). While international markets get a 20-inch alloy wheel, the India-spec version is expected to be shod with 18-inch alloy wheels which would aid to additional comfort considering most Indian roads are not at par with roads in other, more developed, countries.
The ES300h will be a sedan, which is based on the Toyota Camry will be the entry-level model in the country. Like the Lexus 450h, the sedan is also expected to arrive in India in a hybrid variant only. According to reports, the ES300h will share its underpinnings with the Camry hybrid along with the engine and motor specifications. It is also expected to be the first version to start with local assembly as most critical components are shared between the Lexus ES300h and Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Apart from a crossover and a sedan, the luxury carmaker will also introduce the LX450d and LX570 SUVs. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the two SUVs will have a choice of diesel engines. The LX450d will be powered by a 4.5-litre V8 diesel engine that generates 260 hp of power and a massive 650 Nm of torque in the international markets and the figures are expected to remain unchanged for the Indian market as well. The larger LX570 will have a humungous 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine that would churn out 383 hp of power and 546 Nm of torque.
Pricing of the Lexus cars is expected to start from Rs 75 lakh for the ES300h and go all the way up to Rs 2.20 crore for the LX570 petrol-powered SUV.
Model-wise speculated price of Lexus Cars is as below
Lexus ES300h: Rs 75 lakh
Lexus RX450h: Rs 1.15 crore
Lexus LX450d: Rs 2 crore
Lexus LX570: Rs 2.20 crore