ROLLING WITH THE TIMES
returns with a sleek new look.
It was in 1998 when Lexus first revealed the RX, the upscale SUV intended for on-road use rather than towing and off-road excursions. With a total 2.1 million units sold to date – a figure which has doubtlessly made its competitors sit up and take notice – the release of the fourth-generation model is certain to delight enthusiasts the world over. Packed with innovative new features and redesigned aesthetics, there is certainly plenty to be excited about with the new RX.
Design-wise, the mix of sharp creases and curves on the exterior not only represents a bold evolution in the model’s styling but also gives it a more powerful presence on the road. This includes the aggressive new spindle grille as well as the floating roof, which adds an air of lightness, fierceness and speed to this otherwise solid model, available in six variants.
Additional wonders under the bonnet include redesigned hybrid and petrol powertrains. The RX200t variant is powered by a 2.0l turbocharged directinjected inline four-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the RX 350 has a 3.5l direct-injected V-6 petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission; the upgraded RX 450h hybrid is now powered by a 3.5l direct-injected V-6 petrol engine with an improved hybrid powertrain.
Optimised for five passengers, the spaciousness of its refined interior can be attributed to the 50mm increase in wheelbase, which, when combined with the new lowered rear floor section, feels just as lavish as riding around in a luxury sedan. To ensure the safety of its pampered passengers, the RX also includes brand new safety technologies such as a Panoramic View Monitor, 10 airbags, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to ensure total peace of mind during the journey.