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  2. What is an SUV Car?


The popularity of SUVs has risen in recent years, but what exactly is a SUV vehicle, what is a hybrid SUV and how does it differ from a crossover?


First of all the basics. SUV stands for ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’, a fairly loose term but one that generally refers to stylish, sleek looking vehicles that offer elegant city driving but also handle rugged terrain thanks to a typical 4x4 capability. SUVs can come in any size – small, midsize or large. Our hybrid range includes plug-in and electric SUVs.


Some might argue that the above description could easily apply to a crossover, but there is a difference in the chassis. When you look at a SUV it has a separate body and frame whilst a crossover’s chassis is one single piece. Despite this difference, the names are becoming interchangeable and both types of vehicle are sometimes called 4/4s.


One of the benefits of an SUV is the safety and control it offers the driver. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps prevent skidding and ensures stability when going around a curve. The Lexus SUVs also feature next generation safety features such as an advanced ten-airbag system, smart stop technology, Lexus Safety System+, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.


Many of the latest Lexus SUV models are driven by a Self-Charging Hybrid engine that seamlessly combines petrol and electric power. This means the vehicle charges itself as you drive, providing an interrupted journey without the need to plug into a power source. Electric and plug-in SUVs are also available in the range.


We can offer a choice of SUVs that will fit with your needs and lifestyle.

  • For the driver who enjoys performance and challenging convention, our all new compact SUV, the Lexus UX is built for speed and improved handling with its bold aerodynamic design.

    For the best of all worlds, the Lexus NX is a pioneering SUV that offers refined performance and low emissions. Packed with intuitive technology, it enhances the drive with beautifully finished leather, premium acoustics and advanced safety features.

    The Lexus RX offers unparalleled comfort, space and luxury. Equipped with the latest Full Hybrid technology, drivers experience seamless performance and confident traction over rougher terrain. The large panoramic sun roof makes journeys even more pleasurable.

    The Lexus UX 300e offers striking design with compact proportions and outstanding smoothness to create a unique driving experience. The latest model has a bigger 72.8kWh battery and a range of up to 279 miles** on a single charge on 100% full battery.

    **Indicative range only and subject to final test result

    The Lexus RZ is the first dedicated built electric model which offers a distinctively combination of luxury, refinement and technology. It has an indicative range of 251-271 miles depending on derivative** Improved battery control technology ensures the capacity retention rate (in testing retained capacity was 90% in the equivalent of 10 years usage) and allows customers to confidently drive the vehicle for long periods of time.

    **Indicative range only and subject to final test result