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Bold and ag­gres­sive de­sign with op­u­lent interiors make the RX stand out from ev­ery an­gle RX Hy­brid re­de­fines power and per­for­mance Su­perb driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered by pow­er­ful 6-cylin­der en­gine and ad­vanced driv­ing dy­nam­ics Lexus Safety Sys­tem+ packs in an ex­haus­tive suite of ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies High per­for­mance F Sport model prom­ises the ul­ti­mate driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Lexus an­nounces the ar­rival of the all-new Lexus RX in Kuwait to un­veil a stylish, ag­gres­sively de­signed lux­ury cross­over that breaks new ground in re­fine­ment, com­fort and driv­ing per­for­mance.

The new RX’s mix of sharp creases and curves rep­re­sents a bold evo­lu­tion in the model’s styling, shar­ing the same de­sign DNA with other re­cently launched mod­els in the Lexus line-up. More­over, this peren­nial best-sell­ing lux­ury cross­over adds ad­vanced new re­designed pow­er­trains, so­phis­ti­cated safety tech­nolo­gies, driver aids and wel­comes new con­ve­nience and tech­nol­ogy fea­tures to make this the best Lexus sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle offering to date.

Ac­cord­ing to Takayuki Kat­suda, the Chief En­gi­neer of the new Lexus RX, “The new RX is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle thanks to a new, more pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient pow­er­train, an im­proved plat­form with high rigid­ity body shell, and highly tuned sus­pen­sions. Our loyal cus­tomers will be pleas­antly sur­prised with the en­hanced ca­pa­bil­ity, con­fi­dent driv­ing feel­ing and the so­phis­ti­cated ride qual­ity which creates a su­perb driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. From a vis­ual stand­point, the bold and out­stand­ing styling pro­por­tions stand out with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the el­e­gant ap­peal of the RX lin­eage.”

“This lat­est model of the RX con­tin­ues the ‘Pro­gres­sive Lux­ury’ vi­sion of Lexus with sharp lines and con­tem­po­rary styling in ad­di­tion to sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in per­for­mance com­bined with best in class safety tech­nolo­gies,” said Takayuki Yoshit­sugu, Chief Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mid­dle East and North Africa Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice, TOY­OTA Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion. “With this com­pletely re­designed it­er­a­tion of the RX, we dra­mat­i­cally raise the bar yet again in the mid-size lux­ury util­ity seg­ment. As al­ways, we have been guided by the as­pi­ra­tions of our cus­tomers and we sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port and look for­ward to de­light­ing them yet again with this au­to­mo­tive mas­ter­piece.”

The Lexus RX is avail­able with two en­gine choices: the RX 350 model comes with a 3.5-liter, V-6 petrol en­gine mated to a new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, while the RX 450h is equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 petrol en­gine and re­vised hy­brid pow­er­train com­po­nents. and con­ve­nient door han­dle il­lu­mi­na­tion.

The new RX is of­fered in 10 ex­cit­ing colours in­clud­ing six newly in­tro­duced colours: Graphite Black Glass Flake, Am­ber Crys­tal Shine, Sonic Ti­ta­nium, Deep Blue Mica, Sonic Quarts and Red Mica Crys­tal Shine. All RX mod­els fea­ture a self-restor­ing coat in the body paint that helps im­prove scratch re­sis­tance, such as from car washes or finger­nail marks around the door han­dles.

The RX also of­fers a choice of five dif­fer­ent alu­minium wheel pack­ages in­clud­ing an 18-inch seven-spoke wheel and four dis­tinct 20-inch wheel sets.

The driver is treated to a com­pletely re­designed in­stru­ment panel sec­tion that has been shaped with a strong hor­i­zon­tal axis-a fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment of the Lexus in­te­rior-and the low­ered dash­board po­si­tion adds to the RX’s in­te­rior’s wide open and spa­cious feel. Ad­di­tion­ally, with the dash­board/in­stru­ment panel’s stepped cross-sec­tions, the highly styl­ized cen­tre con­sole looks like a sleek and el­e­gant piece of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture cre­ated by a world­class de­signer. The thor­oughly mod­ern look of the cen­tre con­sole is fur­ther en­hanced by the taste­ful ac­cent trim, along with richlook­ing tex­tures, colours and ma­te­ri­als that fur­ther add to the in­te­rior’s up­scale look and feel.

Su­perb driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Un­der the RX 350’s hood is an up­graded and more pow­er­ful 3.5-liter V-6 en­gine that brings class-lead­ing lev­els of per­for­mance, fuel ef­fi­ciency and re­duced emis­sions while de­liv­er­ing prodi­gious power when sum­moned by the driver, with smooth and highly re­fined op­er­at­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics in nor­mal ev­ery­day op­er­a­tion. Power is rated at 296 hp at 6300 rpm with 37.7 kg-m of torque at 4600-4700 rpm. To en­hance breath­ing and fuel ef­fi­ciency, Lexus en­gi­neers rely on an all-new cylin­der head de­sign with re­shaped in­take ports and com­bus­tion cham­bers for added ef­fi­ciency in the en­gine’s com­bus­tion process, D-4S fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem that en­ables direct in­jec­tion to the cylin­ders with high fuel pres­sure, and a quick-shift­ing 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, whose close gear ra­tios have been tuned to pro­vide ex­cel­lent punch off the line and ro­bust pass­ing power while main­tain­ing ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy.

To max­i­mize torque through­out the rev range, Vari­able Valve Tim­ing with in­tel­li­gence Wide VVT-iW has been in­cluded on the RX’s in­take side, while the ex­haust side fea­tures VVT-i. The in­clu­sion of VVT-iW has en­abled the adop­tion of the Atkinson cy­cle to fur­ther ben­e­fit fuel econ­omy, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing en­gine start-up in se­vere weather con­di­tions and dur­ing Wide Open Throt­tle (WOT) driv­ing.

To fur­ther im­prove driv­ing per­for­mance as well as feed­back to the driver, a num­ber of up­dates and im­prove­ments have been made through­out the struc­turally sound and highly re­fined plat­form of the new RX. Al­though it uti­lizes an up­dated version of the un­der­body plat­form of its pre­de­ces­sor, it has been given re­vamped front en­gine mounts to the sub-frame struc­ture. The side en­gine mounts have been re­lo­cated to en­hance the ve­hi­cle’s lat­eral re­spon­sive­ness, re­sult­ing in the en­gine sit­ting tighter in the com­part­ment, which pro­vides for sharper steer­ing feel and bet­ter over­all cor­ner­ing re­ac­tion of the chas­sis. This new­found agility comes at no sac­ri­fice to the RX’s trade­mark smooth­ness and quiet­ness.

The RX uti­lizes a front-strut and rear dou­ble-wish­bone sus­pen­sion sys­tem that has seen ma­jor im­prove­ments en­gi­neered to pro­vide bet­ter steer­ing re­sponse and ride com­fort, which the RX has long been known for.

To match the changes made to the sus­pen­sion and plat­form, the steer­ing sys­tem was mod­i­fied to make the car re­spond more pre­cisely and re­spon­sively. The new­est EPS man­age­ment sys­tem was adopted for wider con­trol range of ini­tial steer, re­turn-steer and cor­ner­ing in ac­cor­dance to vari­able speed ranges and re­ac­tive force. This en­ables the car to have a light and com­fort­able steer­ing feel, but at the same time de­liver sta­bil­ity, en­hanc­ing driver com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the ve­hi­cle.

A pre­mium equip­ment op­tion, Adap­tive Vari­able Sus­pen­sion (AVS) ad­justs the damp­ing force ac­cord­ing to road con­di­tions and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. By adding a lin­ear solenoid with an oil pres­sure valve to the AVS shock ab­sorber, a shock-free vari­able sus­pen­sion sys­tem was made pos­si­ble. Ac­tively chang­ing the ab­sorbance level al­lows the sus­pen­sion to re­spond quickly, as it al­lows the RX to achieve a flat rid­ing feel in a broad range of driv­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

The in­no­va­tive Ac­tive Sta­bi­lizer Sus­pen­sion has been car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous model, and the new RX now fea­tures the world’s first roll sky­hook con­trol that helps main­tain the ef­fec­tive­ness of the sta­bi­liz­ing sys­tem in achiev­ing a flat and smooth ride. It cal­cu­lates the vir­tual damp­ing force that might oc­cur, and re­sponds by si­mul­ta­ne­ously cre­at­ing a counter force to the sta­bi­lizer, pro­vid­ing the sen­sa­tion of the ve­hi­cle sta­bi­lized in mid-air or “hooked” in the sky. Be­cause the elec­tronic sys­tem is very re­spon­sive and has the abil­ity to de­crease the counter force from the sta­bi­lizer, the driver can con­cen­trate on the driv­ing with­out wor­ry­ing about be­ing af­fected by the an­gle of roll or the neg­a­tive in­put from the road sur­face. As a re­sult, the driver can fully enjoy the fun of tak­ing the car around each cor­ner.

The avail­able Drive Mode Se­lect sys­tem al­lows the driver to choose be­tween dis­tinct drive set­tings de­pend­ing upon ve­hi­cle model and equip­ment. The ECO mode mod­er­ates en­gine power out­put, throt­tle re­sponse and the cli­mate con­trol sys­tem for in­creased fuel ef­fi­ciency. “NOR­MAL” pro­vides an even bal­ance be­tween en­gine per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy. In “SPORT,” the driver is treated to more per­for­mance through en­hanced throt­tle re­sponse and im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion while sharp­en­ing the feel of the Elec­tric Power Steer­ing (EPS) sys­tem. The “SPORT S” set­ting (avail­able with ve­hi­cles equipped with the Adap­tive Vari­able Sus­pen­sion sys­tem) of­fers even a higher level of per­for­mance with ag­gres­sive throt­tle map­ping and quicker driv­e­train re­sponse.

Au­dio/Mul­ti­me­dia Sys­tems The new RX is avail­able with 12-speaker Pioneer au­dio sys­tem of­fers crisp, clear sound broad­cast through­out the cabin through speak­ers along the sides of the in­stru­ment panel in ad­di­tion to 20-cm sub­woofers and newly-de­vel­oped 18-cm woofers in the front doors. Dis­cern­ing au­dio­philes will enjoy the avail­able 15speaker Mark Levin­son Pre­mium Sur­round Sys­tem, with its ad­vanced Clari-Fi com­pressed mu­sic restora­tion tech­nol­ogy, Green Edge high-ef­fi­ciency con­ver­sion tech­nol­ogy and Unity(tm), which brings the high-range and mid-range cone po­si­tions as close to­gether as pos­si­ble to re­al­ize a smooth con­nec­tion be­tween mid- and high-range sounds.

RX of­fers an op­tional eight-inch and 12.3-inch nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. The avail­able eight-inch high-def­i­ni­tion Thin Film Tran­sis­tor (TFT) liq­uid crys­tal dis­play fea­tures a high level of con­trast­ing clar­ity as well as min­i­mal colour vari­a­tion when viewed at dif­fer­ent an­gles from ei­ther the driver or the front pas­sen­ger seat.

Bold and ag­gres­sive de­sign with op­u­lent interiors

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