A powertrain that couples excellent fuel efficiency and outstanding acceleration
The RX 450h hybrid system features a 3.5-liter V6 engine newly equipped with the D-4S (Direct-injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior version) fuel-injection system. Combined with cutting-edge advances, such as cylinder heads with enhanced exhaust gas cooling, the hybrid system boasts increased output performance and fuel economy of 18.8 km/L under the Japanese government's JC08 test cycle?top level among luxury sport utility vehicles (according to in-house research).
The RX 200t comes with a direct-injection 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine, which utilizes the latest D-4ST (Direct-injection 4 stroke gasoline engine Superior version with Turbo) direct-injection technologies to achieve optimal fuel efficiency. The combination of the twin scroll turbocharger and Dual VVT-iW (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide)?the variable angles of which have been enlarged?enables the engine to generate maximum torque at low RPMs, thereby providing smooth, exhilarating acceleration.
A suite of comfort-enhancing features support driving
The rear seats have even greater legroom than in the previous-generation RX. Passenger comfort can be further enhanced through options such as reclining electric power seats or seat heaters. A touch less power backdoor (with doorjamb protection function) has been included as a standard feature on a Lexus for the first time. Simply swipe the Lexus emblem on the back door to open for added convenience. The fixed glazing on the front and rear side-windows has been enlarged, reducing the size of blind spots when turning or parking.
The RX 350 / RX 450 offers an outstanding level of comfort and responsiveness, and executes the driver's commands with quiet confidence. The construction of the front platform has been revised in order to allow the RX to respond directly to driver input, while the engine mount has been attached to the chassis closer to the center of gravity of the engine. This controls the movements of the engine, and results in outstandingly responsive steering.
An interior that fuses luxury with innovation
The interior of the Lexus RX reveals an avant-garde elegance fused with the latest technologies. The driver is cocooned as if in a cockpit, and the low, horizontal position and stair-shaped construction of the instrument panel provide a spacious sense of freedom. The driving space has been clearly divided into zones differentiated by function, resulting in an interior environment in which the driver can focus on driving: the 12.3-inch wide-screen display provides outstanding visibility; the display zone utilizes a large, full-color heads-up display (HUD); and the operation zone, which concentrates the operational functions such as remote touch, now features "enter" buttons on both sides for increased convenience.
A powerful and sensual exterior
Combining the strength of a sport utility vehicle with a powerful, mature appeal, the exterior demonstrates the evolution of the Lexus RX. The wheelbase has been lengthened and the tires enlarged, giving rise to imposing, athletic proportions and a spacious interior. Sculpted by a seamless confluence of sharp curves, bold angles and sweeping lines, the RX's diamond-shaped chassis tapers to the front and rear, while muscular wheel flares protrude outwards.