Here’s a little-known fact for you. The Lexus RX is the best-selling model in the brand’s history, with more than 2.1 million sold in the company’s 26 years of existence.
For the fourth generation model, the Japanese automaker has incorporated a lot more styling pizzazz into the mix – bringing it in line with the rest of the range. It takes many cues from the recently launched NX. It’s sharp, with origami-like edges and striking details.
Yet, the Chief Engineer of the new model, Takayuki Katsuda believes it’ll still pander to the traditional Lexus faithful. “I believe this new RX will not only surprise new customers, it will also delight and satisfy our loyal customers, whose high expectations will be met by many innovations,” he said.
Inside, this same daring approach echoes. You can have stuff like “laser-cut wood ornamentation” – the shift lever as been moved from the front of the instrument panel, freeing up a bit more space and a large head-up display takes centre stage. There’s a 12.3-inch screen too. Passengers can expect more space, since the wheelbase is longer. And the rear seats can also be specified with reclining functionality and heaters.
In the power department, the 3.5-litre V6 engine from the outgoing RX has been revised – and Lexus says you should expect an output in the region of 223kW. It’ll be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid version will feature too. Under the skin, the chassis received a strengthening to foster a more dynamic feeling in the bends. And Lexus will also throw in their adaptive variable suspension, which electronically monitors and adapts damping and steering settings according to conditions.
A host of assistance features are on the cards, like a pre-collision warning, lane-departure alert and a radar system that keeps the car in its lane. And finally, Lexus will also sell a spicier F Sport version. It’s coming to South Africa, but exact specifications for our market will be announced later this year.