New fourth-generation Lexus RX SUV to arrive in Australia from November
The new fourth-generation Lexus RX range will touch down on Australian shores from November, with bold (controversial) new styling and new technologies. Three different trim levels-Luxury, F Sport or Sports Luxury and three engine choices will be available, including the new base model the RX200t, with a turbo charged four-cylinder engine.
The new RX200t turbo with the powerplant develops 175kW and 350Nm. A six-speed automatic delivers that power to the front wheels. The Lexus RX200t will be available in Luxury trim only, but can be optioned up to suit the owner’s needs.
An RX350 will also be available, with a direct-injection 3.5 litre V6 that produces 221kW and 370Nm or torque. This engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
Customers who are after a hybrid will be catered for with the Lexus RX450, which combines the 3.5 V6 and a hybrid motor for a total power output of 230kW. The RX450 utilises a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and is all-wheel drive.
Both RX350 and RX450 models are available in Luxury, F Sport or Sports Luxury specifications.Lexus has given the RX a full revamp inside, with the new interior featuring special laser cut design highlights co-designed by Yamaha, a 12.3 inch infotainment display and some models are fitted with heads up display (HUD) and a retractable panoramic roof.
F Sport models also gain a sports steering wheel with perforated leather and shift paddled, along with a bespoke instrument cluster.
Rear passengers will also benefit from additional head and knee room. The new seats offer heating and electric reclining.
Safety has also received a considerable boost, with the new Lexus RX fitted with what Lexus calls Lexus Safety System +. The package includes a collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic high beam and adaptive cruise control.
The new Lexus RX is said to be noticeably stiffer than the previous generation. The range is also underpinned by independent suspension at all corners, with MacPherson struts upfront and double wishbones at the rear. Adaptive air suspension is standard on the F Sport, along with an additional Sports + driving mode.
Aesthetically, the new RX will also adopt Lexus’ new design language and will feature LED headlamps and blacked out C pillars. 20 inch alloys are fitted and Sports Luxury customers will be able to choose from a number of colour inserts for their wheels.
F Sport models also gain a unique grille and colour options.
Pricing and a full options list are yet to be confirmed.