Lat­est Lexus shows the strength of a yen

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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The new Lexus RX comes in two flavours, petrol or hy­brid, start­ing at R799 000.

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