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THE RX SUV is a vital part of the Lexus sales volume holy trinity, along with
the IS executive sedan and CT200h hybrid hatch.
This mid-life facelift
will no doubt cement its position in the range as it comes with hefty price
cuts, improvements to standard equipment and a new front-drive, four-cylinder
entry-level variant to provide a competitor – at least on price – against the
smaller BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
As well as the new Lexus corporate face and
the addition of performance-oriented F-Sport variants, the RX has received
numerous small improvements – but is this enough for Lexus to remain relevant
in the high-stakes luxury SUV arena?
Model release dates: June 2012 - October 2015
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THE third-generation Lexus RX was built on a new platform, with new rear
suspension, transmission and all-wheel-drive system, plus new technologies such
as adaptive cruise control and proximity-sensing keyless entry and
Its entry-level 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 204kW and
346Nm, was a revision of the previous generation’s powerplant.
hybrid RX450h – which replaced the outgoing RX400h – added front and rear
electric motors to a 183kW/317Nm V6 petrol engine and automatic electronic
continuously variable transmission (CVT) to produce a combined 220kW and punchy
At the time of its launch, the RX450h took the title of
Australia’s most fuel-efficient luxury SUV with an official combined
consumption figure of 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
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