The new RX gains a repowered entry model, the RX 200t which shares its 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with the NX small SUV, and takes the place of the previous naturally-aspirated RX 270.
The range also features a V6-powered RX 350, and V6-hybrid RX 450h. Grades include Luxury across the range, and F-sport and Sports Luxury variants available on RX 350 and RX 450h.
Lexus has also resisted the temptation to add a seven-seat version to the RX range, with the current model remaining a five-seater for the time being.
Kicking off with the RX 200t, the new powertrain configuration is tied to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive.
Power is rated at 175kW with 350Nm of torque allowing the 200t to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.1 l/100km on the combined cycle.
The RX 350 generates 221kW and 370 Nm, it shares the 200t’s 9.2 second 0-100 km/h sprint time, but uses 9.6 l/100km.
Mechanical all-wheel-drive is standard, and transferred via an eight-speed automatic
The flagship RX 450h hybrid produces a combined 230kw, with 193kW and 335Nm generated by the V6.
A CVT transmission provides the link between petrol engine/electric motor, and front wheels, while all-wheel-drive capability is provided by a separate electric motor for the rear axle.
Fuel consumption sits at 5.7 l/100km for the hybrid while the 0-100 km/h sprint takes 7.7 seconds.
New features standard across the range include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, wireless mobile phone charging, heated and ventilated front seats, rear park sensors, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and an electric park-brake.
That’s on top of electric front seats, leather-accented seat trim, satellite navigation, powered steering column, auto lights and wipers, reversing camera, and rear privacy-glass.
The RX range also features what Lexus claims as the world’s first height-adjustable cup holder - a two-position, spring-loaded floor in the front-most cup holder allows it to keep just about any-sized takeaway cup or bottle in place.
The RX 200t is only available in Luxury trim, but includes 10-way powered front seats, 12-speaker audio with DAB+ digital radio, an 8.0 inch infotainment screen and three mode Drive Mode Select.
Three ‘Enhancement Packs’ are also avaialble. Enhacement Pack 1 adds a panoramic sunroof for $3500, while Enhancement Pack 2 bundles the roof with a head-up display and smart key card for $4500.
Enhancement Pack 3 takes Pack 2 and adds a 12.3-inch infotainment display and 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio for $7000.
The RX 350 and RX 450h both start at the Luxury grade, specced the same as the 200t, but from there both move up to F Sport, and Sports Luxury grades.
F Sport adds a 12.3-inch display for the infotainment system, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, adaptive variable suspension, dynamic headlight levelling, panoramic view back monitor, panoramic roof, and F Sport interior and exterior styling package.
Sports Luxury offers 20-inch wheels with selectable colour inserts, 14-way power adjustable ‘luxury’ front seats, heated rear seats with power folding, and laser cut trim ornamentation.
Enhancement Pack 1 and 2 are also available for F Sport and Sports Luxury.
Pricing for the new RX range takes a leap upwards, with the $73,000 entry-level RX 200t starting $8,890 higher than before, while the $88,000 range-topping RX 450h Luxury asks for $9000 more than before.
Added equipment, and a decent boost in interior and exterior dimensions help offset the difference - the new RX is now longer than both the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 yet the starting price is over $10,000 less.
Despite this, Lexus maintains the RX is a medium SUV, despite being classified as a large SUV by VFACTS. In which case the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 should be its competitors (there's no way they are) and both undercut the price of the RX by around $10,000.
RX 200t Luxury $73,000
RX 350 Luxury $ $80,000
RX 350 F Sport $92,000
RX 350 Sports Luxury $98,000
RX 450h Luxury $88,000
RX 450h F Sport $100,000
RX 450h Sports Luxury $106,000
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