Mike Stevens | Jun 26, 2012

Lexus has released its updated RX SUV line-up to the Australian market this week, bringing enhanced styling and features, and introducing a new entry-level model, the front-wheel-drive RX 270.

Priced at $69,990, the RX 270 cuts $12,000 from the price of entry to the RX line-up. The RX 350 is now priced at $77,900, and the updated RX 450h enters at $82,900.

New to the range is the Lexus 'Spindle' grille design. Also new is that the RX 350 and RX 450h can be specified with F Sport styling and handling packages.

Lexus promises a more engaging drive in the new RX models thanks to a revised chassis, new suspension calibration and, in the F Sport models, performance-focused dampers.

Watch for TMR Managing Editor Tim O'Brien's review of the new RX range this week.


Mechanical Package

New to the Australian RX range is the entry-level RX 270, driven by a 2.7 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 138kW and 252Nm of torque.

Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the RX 270 is available in front-wheel-drive form only and lists fuel consumption figures at 9.7 l/100km.

Powertrain options for the RX 350 petrol and RX 450h hybrid models remain unchanged for 2012.

In RX 350 form, power is provided by the familiar 3.5 litre 204kW and 346Nm petrol V6, with fuel consumption rated at 10.8 l/100km on the combined cycle. Carbon emissions are listed at 254g/km.

The top-shelf RX 450h hybrid is driven by a petrol-electric system that delivers a combined 220kW and 317Nm, courtesy of a 3.5 litre Atkinson-cycle V6 mated to an electric motor.

Fuel consumption for the hybrid model is listed at 6.3 l/100km on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions at 149g/km.

Both the mid- and top-spec RX models are offered exclusively with all-wheel-drive configurations. The 350 features a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 450h is offered with a CVT automatic only.

In F Sport form, the RX 350 and 450h both pick up unique sports suspension and new performance dampers, first introduced with the CT 200h F Sport.



Interior revisions across the range include a new steering wheel, redesigned centre console, greater choice of interior colours and new highlights, all-new audio interface, new push-to-enter remote touch controller and the adoption of digital radio (DAB+) as standard.

Other updates include a larger multi-information display and new lighting.

New to the RX line-up, the RX 270's standard features include satellite navigation with traffic alert, guide-assisted reversing camera, power rear tailgate, eight-way power seats, leather-accented interior, smart entry and smart start, 12-speaker audio, Bluetooth with audio streaming and voice command, steering wheel easy access, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability control, privacy glass, daytime running lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, Digital Audio (DAB+) and metallic paint.

In 350 F Sport form, drivers also benefit from the addition of steering-mounted paddle shifters.



RX 270 - $69,900

RX 350 Luxury - $77,900
RX 350 F Sport - $85,900
RX 350 Sports Luxury - $94,400

RX 450h Luxury - $82,900
RX 450h F Sport - $89,900
RX 450h Sports Luxury - $100,900

Note: prices exclude on-road costs.

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