Lexus has a full suite of vehicles in its showroom. From the ES250 business sedan to the NX crossover to the LS super luxury business to the LC500 supercar and the RX family SUV.
Recently, the RX SUV got an upgrade and this fully imported Japanese luxury SUV is now in all Lexus showrooms.
The 2019 Lexus RX SUV has been refreshed with a new design, featuring the latest advanced safety technologies and a new multimedia touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity.
This model exudes seduction as well as strength with an exterior design that retains the aggressive stance of the RX whilst emphasizing its elegant lines. Newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs elevate the dynamic appearance of the new model.
The flowing character lines are further enhanced with the addition of rocker panels that accentuate strength and stability.
The addition of a new spindle grille along with slender DRL headlamps gives the front fascia a newfound sharpness. In the rear, combination lamps feature an “L” shape motif, further emphasizing the Lexus brand signature.
The driver focused cockpit is improved with a new multimedia touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity that includes Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Upgrades include paddle shifters, a smartphone holder on the centre console as well as dual USB ports at the front and in the rear of the vehicle.
For added convenience a wireless charger in the centre console enables portable devices to be charged without a cable.
The new RX is equipped with the world’s first BladeScan ™ type Adaptive High Beam System (AHS).
This produces a wider illumination area and allows the driver to maintain the headlamps on high beam mode, without dazzling oncoming or preceding vehicles.
This RX continues to deliver striking designer looks that are an extension of the previous model’s silhouette.
From afar it is clear that all its major exterior features have been stretched, its profile sharpened, shell flattened and wheels pushed a little further apart.
The final interpretation is an SUV with a sportier looking profile yet offering more space inside and leaving its competitors looking rather dated in comparison.
The interior has many changes starting with a revised dashboard design that is more driver centric.
There is an all-new instrument display, which is attractively coloured using OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode to give a more intense metering against the black background.
It almost looks like a pure digitized display, and reduce power usage while providing better night vision.
The six-speed tiptronic gear selector is up the centre dash to provide easier reach and it sits surrounded by a mix of high quality plastics, wood veneer and leather providing for a classy cabin environment.
Both front seats are electric and with the multi adjusting steering wheel, almost any size driver will be able to get a very comfortable driving position with a clear view ahead.
Creature comforts abound with electric windows, mirrors, a reverse camera with the screen mounted inside the rear view mirror corner, sunroof and park assist.
The new electronic driver aid system proves easier to use than the German luxury brands. Instead of a rotary knob and a host of buttons, it uses a flash panel touch screen that you move and select the function you desire.
The new imported Lexus RX is fitted with 10 airbags whereas the parallel import versions have varying specifications.
There are a host of electronic aids employed in the drivetrain to ensure a safe journey for five adults in comfort.
Lexus has never shied away from giving its RX models a generous helping of drive attitude and this new RX is very well equipped in that regard. It also has the underlying qualities to match all its segment brand rivals on the road and on the beaten path.
The two-litre turbo unit that powers this RX is not new to Lexus as the engine has been offered on the smaller NX SUV.
The engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve timing technology as well as a number of light alloy components designed to reduce weight.
In the RX Sport F the power rating remains at 235bhp which will keep you happy in all traffic situations.
Hard throttle accelerations are on par with similar powered rivals. The 4×4 system distributes the power automatically according to the levels of grip detected by sensors at each wheel. The standard wheels are 20″ ones shod on very stylish alloys.
There are three versions on offer and whichever version of the RX you choose, it is perfectly clear that Lexus’ best-selling vehicle has dramatically raised the bar in the luxury utility segment.
It flawlessly combines bold luxury styling inside and out and offers a very comfortable driving performance.
Lexus maintains its top three position as a trusted brand name in the luxury automotive segment, even more so as all models are now covered with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
Lexus RX 300 luxury specification
Engine: four-cylinder 16V Twin-scroll Turbocharger
Transmission: 6 A/T, AWD
Max Power: 235hp @ 4800-5600rpm
Max Torque: 350Nm @ 1650-4000rpm
0-100km/h: nine seconds
Top Speed: 200km/h