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Lexus HX Sleigh Concept upgrades Santa's ride as a sleek luxury distribution center

The Lexus HX Sleigh Concept is designed to upgrade Santa's traditional sleigh.

Photo courtesy of Lexus Canada

All around North Americans are spending time this holiday season hoping that they get an upgrade to their daily driver this Christmas making it a December to remember. Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota, is helping Santa make his ride a little nicer, with a completely different take on the jolly man's transport than what Bentley offered earlier this week.

The Lexus HX Sleigh Concept incorporates the highlights of many modes Lexus vehicles, including the recently refreshed Lexus IS sedan.

"I'm a simple man, but the ol' sleigh has been looking a bit less refined than it used to," says Santa. "It was time for me to upgrade my capabilities to help deliver toys to all the children on my nice list more efficiently, so the Lexus HX Sleigh Concept couldn't have come at a better time. Mrs. Claus is excited to drive it, too!"

Lexus HX Sleigh Concept The sleigh has endless cargo space - part of the magic of Christmas!Photo courtesy of Lexus Canada

With exterior looks reminiscent of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept car, the model has a lustrous four-coat Infrared paint job. Slim headlights slip up the sides of the sleigh while the Lexus "L" emblem rides front and center on the nose.

Its hatchback-like design allows for massive cargo space. Lexus says that its capacity is "endless" and it makes "delivering billions of toys a snap". Elves with their hands full will appreciate the automatic trunk with kick sensor to ease with loading and unloading.

Climate Concierge with Neck Warmer keeps Santa toasty at 60,000 feet while a touch screen display with Embedded Air Traffic Control helps Santa navigate through even the most remote locations. Santa can list to his favorite carols along the way on the HX Sleigh Concept's custom Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System.

"It'll been great having some more help around the holidays," says Director of Reindeer Resources, Rudolph. "I run a tight sleigh, and the combination of Lexus's trademark hybrid electric technology and well-honed All-Reindeer Drive will really allow us to take our job to the next level. Plus, the fact that it runs on 100% renewable holiday spirit means even our planet gets a gift this year! With the added efficiency the Lexus HX Sleigh Concept gives us, I'm confident we'll even find some time to fit in some gift deliveries for grown-ups, too!"

The Lexus HX Sleigh Concept will be making its way around the globe later this week.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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