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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Call Lexus of Par­ra­matta, Church and Ray­mondSts,Par­ra­mat­taon92046520.

Like the style al­though it’s a bit de­riv­a­tive of the smaller NX. Can’t ar­gue with the kit or the per­for­mance. Safe, use­ful, classy. buy in the new RX line-up. It re­places the un­der­per­form­ing and thirsty 2.7-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine in the pre­vi­ous en­try level RX270.

Pow­er­trains in­clude the above men­tioned 2.0-litre turbo four, a 3.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol V6 with torque on de­mand all wheel drive in the RX350 and a hy­brid petrol/elec­tric all-wheel drive in the RX450h fea­tur­ing a petrol V6 and elec­tric boost mo­tors.

Out­puts in as­cend­ing or­der are 175kW/350Nm, 221kW/370Nm and 230kW/335Nm.

The new RX ush­ers in an eight­speed auto trans­mis­sion on the 350 with the 200 us­ing a six-speed auto. The hy­brid 450h runs a CVT “auto” called E-Four.

The petrol V6 is a re­vised version of the pre­vi­ous model with more tech­nol­ogy and dual fuel in­jec­tion lifted from the Toy­ota 86 and other Toy­ota/Lexus mod­els – for ef­fi­ciency gains as well as im­proved fuel econ­omy and lower emis­sions.

The hy­brid model sips as lit­tle as 5.7-litres/100km but weighs a lot. Drive is han­dled by petrol and elec­tric mo­tors at the front and an elec­tric mo­tor at the rear to give all­wheel drive.

KIT

GEN­ER­OUS equip­ment lev­els come in all mod­els start­ing with the RX200T that has 10-way power front seats, leather up­hol­stery, 12speaker au­dio, wire­less phone charger, heated and ven­ti­lated front seats, 20-inch al­loys, power tail­gate, three-mode drive se­lect, power steer­ing wheel ad­just, eight inch touch screen, auto wipers and head­lights, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, heated ex­te­rior mir­rors, re­verse cam­era, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and cross traf­fic alert, clear­ance and park­ing rear sonar, smart en­try and start, Lexus safety sys­tem+ with pre-col­li­sion prepa­ra­tion, lane keep­ing ac­tive cruise con­trol and plenty more.

This is on the “base” model, re­mem­ber. As you could imag­ine, the oth­ers are up from there.

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SAFETY kit in­cludes 10 airbags and a swag of driver as­sist tech­nol­ogy as well as im­proved pedes­trian safety.

Lux­ury in­side the cabin is scaled up with bet­ter seats, the wire­less phone charger and mul­ti­ple elec­tric ad­just­ments to the driv­ing po­si­tion. The sec­ond row has seat back re­cline.

DRIV­ING

THE drive ex­pe­ri­ence is some­what ar­ti­fi­cial in feel be­ing quite iso­lated from the road with min­i­mal noise or vi­bra­tion, light con­trols, soft ride, smooth pro­gres­sion. Plenty of peo­ple like that in a car and it is a hall­mark of the brand.

The new 200T has plenty of go from a stand­ing start and across the en­gine rev range. It is the sporti­est drive in the new RX range.

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