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LEXUS has released the 2016 model of the RX.
The two- model line- up is powered by either a petrol V6 in the RX 350 EX, or a petrol- electric hybrid engine in the RX 450h SE, which has an upgraded 3,5- litre direct- injection V6 that develops 221 kW and 370 Nm to drive all four wheels via an eight- speed transmission.
The RX 450 h hybrid develops 230 kW combined system power ( engine and electric motor) — a 10 kW increase in combined system power over the previous generation RX 450h — and drives all four wheels via a CVT transmission. It features a new specification 3,5- litre quad cam V6 engine and eight- speed automatic transmission with M ( manual) mode, for improved driveability and fuel economy. It develops 17 kW more power and 24 Nm more torque than the superseded dual VVT- i 2GR- FE
A unique feature is the heightadjustable front cup holders to accommodate larger bottles. A button restores the holder to its original depth, rising slowly with what Lexus described as “slavelike subservience”.
A wireless charger within the dashboard centre box works on most smartphones.
The front seats adjust 10 ways with improved heater elements and double air flow for the ventilators. In addition, the new RX is equipped with a Climate Concierge — which integrates the seat heating or ventilation with the climate- control system,
The RX 350 EX is priced at R799 000. The RX 450h SE is just shy of a bar at R999 000.
The new Lexus RX comes in two flavours, petrol or hybrid, starting at R799 000.