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Toyota Begins Bookings For Lexus in India, First Dealership to Open in Mumbai

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First published: November 30, 2016, 6:04 PM IST | Updated: 4 days ago
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Toyota Begins Bookings For Lexus in India, First Dealership to Open in Mumbai
Lexus RX450h (Image: Lexus)

Japanese auto giant Toyota's luxury brand Lexus will now be available for purchase in India in first quarter of 2017, bookings for which have already started coming in. The company is offering a selection of three models of Lexus vehicles in the country.

The first Lexus dealership will open in Mumbai before the brand is formally introduced. The dealership at Taj Santacruz Hotel, situated near to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, will be called Lexus Boutique.

Lexus RX450h, LX450d SUVs and the ES300h sedan will be available at showrooms in India and all three models will be imported from Japan in CBU line initially.

Lexus RX450h SUV has been a premium and a very popular product form the brand. It is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, mated to an e-CVT gearbox, that churns out 308bhp. Also, it is complemented with a hybrid unit. The RX450h stands to compete against Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Another flagship product by Lexus is the X450d SUV, which is based on Toyota Land Cruiser. The diesel powered X450d comes with a twin-turbo 4.5-litre V8 unit that produces 269bhp and an impressive 650Nm of torque.

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The petrol-powered LX570 is powered by a 5.7-litre V8 engine developing 383bhp and 546Nm of torque. Rivaling the Range Rover, Audi Q7 and the Mercedes GL, the Lexus SUV will be priced at around Rs 1.5 crore.

Based on the Camry sedan, the ES300h is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine and the electric motor assist mated to the same CVT gearbox, which is the same unit that powers the Camry Hybrid in India.

Lexus will also open dealerships in Delhi, Gurgaon and Bengaluru, and eventually spread reach in Chandigarh, Cochin and Chennai by the end of 2017. Toyota will also set up separate service facilities for Lexus vehicles.

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