Lexus RX gets redesigned luxury interior

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

The five seater, All Wheel Drive RX offers a six model line-up continuing with the RX 350 and RX 450h available in base, F Sport and Limited grades.

The RX 350 features an improved 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine mated to a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, while the RX 450h features a completely re-engineered V6 petrol electric hybrid engine with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), both achieving a EURO6 emission standard.

The new 2016 RX builds on the success of its previous generations, said Spencer Morris Lexus New Zealand’s product general manager.

“The RX has been a significant vehicle for Lexus both globally and in New Zealand. Since introducing it to the local market in 2003 it’s found a strong following in the fast growing luxury SUV segment,” said Mr Morris.

“The stunning new Lexus look teamed with exceptional performance, luxurious features and our strong hybrid environmental proposition, positions the 2016 RX to continue the legacy.”

Although extensive design and functional specifications have been added across the grades, the luxury SUV is similarly priced to the outgoing model, with the entry level RX 350 priced at $95,900 through to the range topping RX 450h F Sport and RX 450h Limited models both priced at $125,900.

If New Zealand SUV sale trends continue, Lexus New Zealand expects the new RX to account for just over 30% of its sales in 2016, with the sales split relatively even between the RX 350 direct-injected V6 petrol engine and the hybrid technology driving the RX 450h models.

Steve Prangnell, Lexus New Zealand’s general manager of sales said “Regardless of powertrain, Limited models tend to be our top sellers. They have typically generated more sales due to their comprehensive specification, but we think the F Sport will close the gap with this stunning new model in 2016. With its more sports focused design and new powertrain, the RX F Sport range will attract new customers to the Lexus brand.”

The fully redesigned exterior of the RX adopts the similar styling cues that have made the distinctive NX so popular. Integrated Daytime Running Lights and fog lights with a triangular black and chrome surround are accentuated by a large signature spindle grille with sharp horizontal lines for base and Limited models, while the aggressive F Sport grille features an artfully incorporated L-mesh pattern.

Uniquely RX, the rear three-quarter styling is characterised by sharp contours that run from the front wheel arch to the rear where the C-pillar has been blacked out – a Lexus-first feature providing a dramatic ‘floating-roof’ effect.

An emblem touch-less sensor added to F Sport and Limited grades will open the power back door by simply hovering a hand over the Lexus emblem, and with one tap of the button at the base of the rear door will close it automatically and two taps will close and lock the door automatically. There is smart key connected illuminated walk up entry system with puddle lamps and lighting on exterior handles.

All RX models feature new designed 20” alloy wheels with distinctive designs for each grade. Limited models come with an exclusive Sonic Titanium colour inserts with three other colour options available as an accessory.

Seven new colours dramatically expand the exterior palette range with White Nova exclusive for F Sport and Sonic Quartz, Deep Metallic Bronze and Metallic Silk (current) exclusive to base and Limited grades. Platinum Silver (current), Titanium, Onyx, Graphic Black, Deep Blue and Burgundy complete the 10 exterior colour offering.