ROLLING WITH THE TIMES

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Brief -

The Lexus

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.

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