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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.
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.