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2016 Lexus RX Review

The Lexus RX, the second- and third-generation RX SUVs have found almost 30,000 homes, accounting for somewhere between 30 and 40 per cent of Lexus’ total sales in our market. The arrival of the all-new, fourth-generation Lexus RX, then, is naturally hugely significant for the Japanese luxury brand.

Comparing base with base, the new RX200t Luxury gains larger 20-inch alloy wheels (up from 18s), LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, electronic park brake, heated and ventilated front seats, and a wireless phone charging pad.

They add to a long list of standard features that includes an 8.0-inch central screen with satellite navigation and reverse-view camera, a 12-speaker audio system with DAB+ digital radio, 10-way power front seats and leather-accented upholstery, a power-adjustable steering column, power tailgate, and Lexus Safety System+ that comprises a pre-collision safety system, lane-keeping assist, active cruise control and automatic high beam.

RX350 and RX450h F Sport variants gain a high-definition 12.3-inch central display and 15-speaker audio system, along with adaptive suspension, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, adaptive high beam, smart key entry and the F Sport interior and exterior styling package, among other features, while the Sports Luxury variants trade the sporty add-ons for 14-way power front seats, power-folding heated rear seats, and laser cut interior trim details.

To recap, our market gets three powertrains: the front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol (RX200t), the 3.5-litre V6 petrol all-wheel-drive (RX350), and the 3.5-litre V6 petrol and dual electric motor AWD hybrid (RX450h).

Unlike all of the RX’s rivals, there are no diesel engines available, or a six-cylinder turbo petrol, or a V8, or a plug-in hybrid in the wings.

Unfortunately limited time at the local launch in Sydney meant we couldn’t get behind the wheel of the RX200t, though previous experience has shown the 175kW/350Nm engine to be a surprisingly good fit for the 1890kg SUV. Stay tuned for a more thorough garage test of this variant in the future.

Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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