TICK FOR TURBO CHEAP­EST AND SPORTI­EST DRIVE OUT OF THE LOT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Peter Barn­well

INI­TIAL re­sis­tance in the late 1990s by Lexus Aus­tralia to the RX lux­ury SUV quickly caved in when they tal­lied up how many “grey” im­ports of the first gen­er­a­tion model were be­ing snapped up by pri­vate buy­ers.

Lexus were hav­ing none of that and be­gan im­port­ing the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion with en­cour­ag­ing re­sults. That sit­u­a­tion has de­vel­oped over sub­se­quent mod­els to put the RX at the top of the Lexus sales chart. Now it’s one of their strong­est sell­ers and, along the way, has pre­cip­i­tated a rash of copy­cat lux­ury SUVs from other man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The lat­est, fourth gen­er­a­tion RX is new from the ground up fea­tur­ing new en­gines, un­der­pin­nings, tech­nol­ogy and gen­er­ous lev­els of equip­ment. With a mon­u­men­tal “spin­dle” grille, you can’t miss it on the street.

LINE-UP

THE line-up com­prises RX200T, RX350 petrol units and RX450h hy­brid petrol/elec­tric in vary­ing grade lev­els – Lux­ury, F-Sport and Sports Lux­ury start­ing in price at $73,000 for the RX200T Lux­ury front-wheel drive.

This 2.0-litre turbo, petrol, four­cylin­der is al­ready in Lexus IS and NX mod­els and is ar­guably the best

Lexus RX … new from the ground up.

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