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2019 Lexus RX

  1. LEXUS RX LIFTS CONNECTIVITY, SAFETY AND DYNAMICS
  2. LEXUS RX "SEDUCTIVE STRENGTH" STYLING REFINED
  3. ENHANCED CONNECTIVITY MEETS IMPECCABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP
  4. NEW SAFETY STANDARDS AS STANDARD
  5. SUBSTANTIAL CHASSIS REVISIONS INTRODUCE NEW COMFORT, CONTROL
  6. THREE POWERTRAIN CHOICES FOR LEXUS RX CUSTOMERS
  7. LEXUS RX LINE SPECIFICATIONS

LEXUS RX LIFTS CONNECTIVITY, SAFETY AND DYNAMICS


Lexus will welcome its latest RX luxury SUV into local showrooms on October 2, offering key connectivity and safety technology upgrades, and enhanced driving dynamics - teamed with a reduced entry price.

Building on the Lexus reputation for delivering benchmark quality, craftsmanship and premium appointments, the new RX will debut 10 new technologies as standard, and will be priced from $71,9201 - a reduction of $1,600.

The RX 300 Luxury now features (1) a 12.3-inch screen (up from 8.0 inches), (2) new touch-display and touchpad-type Lexus Remote Touch functionality, (3) Apple CarPlay®2 and Android Auto™3 compatibility, and (4) an additional four USB ports (now six).

Standard Lexus Safety System+4 gains (5) night-time pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection for the pre-collision safety system and autonomous emergency braking. Its all-speed active cruise control is now linked with (6) new lane-trace assist and (7) road-sign assist functionality.

A new (8) parking support brake system uses intelligent clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic sensors to avoid or mitigate collisions that commonly occur during parking manoeuvres.

In addition to an audible warning, the system can reduce drive force and apply the brakes to reduce the possibility of contact with static objects in the direction of travel, or static objects and moving vehicles when reversing.

Lexus has also adopted (9) a hands-free kick sensor for the standard power-operated tailgate and (10) front cornering lamps.

These features have been standardised across RX 300, RX 350 and RX 450h variants each available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades, and the seven-seat RX 350L and RX 450hL variants available in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades.

All F Sport and Sports Luxury grades of the new RX also debut (10) an LED adaptive high-beam system (AHS) with world-first blade-scan technology.

Compared with existing technology that points LED lamps towards the road, the new technology directs the lamps back towards a blade mirror rotating at 12,000rpm.

Blade-scan technology utilises the reflection of light off the mirror to increase high-beam brightness and expand its reach down the road. It also more finely controls light distribution to achieve the most precise "shading" to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Typical adaptive high-beam technology uses LED lamps directed at the road, which switch on and off as individual chips that can shade fixed portions of the road.

With blade-scan technology, LED lamps switch on and off in 50 microseconds while synchronising with the blade mirror, which spins on high rotation to deliver immediate response, reduce the width of the shaded area and provide a greater spread of illumination.

Illuminated and shaded areas are controlled in 0.1-degree increments (previously 1.0-degree), almost halving the width of the shaded area to just 3.5 metres at a distance of 50 metres (from 6.3 metres).

Compared with previous AHS on RX, blade-scan technology is more than 10 per cent brighter and it extends the high-beam reach to pedestrians situated in close proximity to shaded vehicles from 32 metres to 56 metres - a further 24 metres ahead.

In addition to allowing drivers to recognise pedestrians much earlier, brighter and more focused light distribution enables improved illumination of hard-to-see areas such as road shoulders and road signs.

Lexus has also substantially revised the chassis set-up of the new RX with 10 engineering updates (some grade-dependent) in order to quell vibrations, deliver smoother, more level ride control, and reduce bodyroll.

An additional (1) 4.2 metres of body adhesive and (2) 36 weld points have been used to increase body rigidity.

Helping to better isolate occupants from road vibrations, (3) dynamic dampers have been installed on the front suspension member of all RX 300 and hybrid variants.

A new (4) friction control device has been added to the front and rear shock absorbers used on all grades. It uses a rubber lip installed in the shock absorber cylinder to mitigate high-frequency vibration from road surface unevenness that cannot be controlled with hydraulic pressure, improving ride comfort.

F Sport and Sports Luxury grades include (5) standard adaptive variable suspension (AVS) that now operates over a wider range to further enhance comfort and control.

F Sport grades are distinguished by an even more dynamic character courtesy of new (6) front and rear performance braces between the front radiator supports and front suspension members, and between the rear hooks.

These changes accentuate handling improvements introduced for all RX variants, including improved (7) hub bearings for the front and rear suspension, which increases lateral rigidity to provide excellent yaw response and steering feedback.

The diameter of the new (8) rear stabiliser bar has been increased by 5.7 per cent while hollow construction reduces its weight by 26.6 per cent.

This results in reduced bodyroll and improved vehicle posture when cornering.

Dynamic enhancments are supplemented by the addition of (9) active cornering assist on all RX variants, suppressesing understeer on winding roads by performing brake control on the inside wheels to produce yaw.

A revised (10) electronic power steering (EPS) tune with tighter on-centre feel rounds out the series of dynamic changes.

Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson said the upgraded RX stands apart by offering a diverse range of five and seven-seat SUV variants with luxury as standard.

"Premium appointments, exquisite craftsmanship and an expansive cabin continue to hold enormous appeal for new and loyal Lexus buyers, and the new RX adds to this with the latest connectivity and safety technology," Mr Thompson said.

"Signficantly enhanced driving properties influenced by a new generation of Lexus models, such as the new UX, further increase the comfort and dynamic appeal of the new RX."

The new Lexus RX complements its sleeker headlamp units with a more aerodynamically designed front bumper and wider, raised spindle grille with a new block-mesh pattern on Luxury and Sports Luxury, and a new wire-mesh pattern for F Sport.

A revised side character line sweeps down from the floating roof to the rear, to slim the overall rear expression. The rear combination lamp has been changed to a new mirrored L-motif design that contributes to greater brand recognition.

The lower part of the rear bumper includes detail elements now laid out on a unified horizontal axis to accentuate a wide stance.

Inside, all new RX variants receive paddle shifters on the steering wheel and additional smartphone storage.

The seven-seat RX 350L and RX 450hL add to their standard third-row seating with a new power-fold function that offers two seating positions for the first time, providing an additional 94.3mm of legroom inside the cavernous interior.

The new features add to a comprehensive standard equipment list on every RX: smart entry and start, power steering column, rear privacy glass, satellite navigation, DAB+5, wireless smartphone charging6, 12-speaker audio, back guide monitor, automatic headlamps and wipers, automatic high beam, 10 airbags, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert brake.

The Luxury grades of the V6 and self-charging hybrid electric variants are fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels (compared with 18-inch on RX 300 Luxury), genuine leather-accented seat material, front memory seat easy access, and front seat heaters and ventilation.

These features are available on the RX 300 Luxury as part of an optional Enhancement Pack (EP), bundled with a panoramic roof with front moonroof.

An optional EP for the RX 350, RX 350L, RX 450h and RX 450hL Luxury grades combines a colour head-up display and smart key card with a panoramic roof with front moonroof (front moonroof only for RX 350L and RX 450hL).

F Sport variants further include adaptive variable suspension with Sport S+ and Custom mode, 15-speaker Mark Levinson®7 audio, panoramic view monitor and rear door sunshades.

Sports Luxury variants further include 14-way power adjustable front seats with driver and passenger memory, semi-aniline leather seats, and heated second-row seats.

The two-wheel-drive RX 300 is powered by a balanced and efficient 175kW 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Customers preferring the enhanced traction of the all-wheel-drive RX 350 and RX 350L will enjoy the immediate response and power of the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

For an ideal blend of performance and economy, the self-charging hybrid-electric powertrain of the RX 450h and RX 450hL employs a 3.5-litre V6 and electric motor to deliver strong torque and fuel consumption as low as 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres*.

All engines in the new Lexus RX are Euro 6 emissions-compliant.

2019 Lexus RX pricing

Model  Price1
RX 300 Luxury
RX 300 Luxury + EP
RX 300 F Sport
RX 300 Sports Luxury
$71,920
$77,950
$86,800
$92,700
RX 350 Luxury
RX 350 Luxury + EP
RX 350 F Sport
RX 350 Sports Luxury
$81,890
$86,390
$93,970
$99,870
RX 450h Luxury
RX 450h Luxury + EP
RX 450h F Sport
RX 450h Sports Luxury   
$91,090
$95,590
$103,440
$109,340
RX 350L Luxury
RX 350L Luxury + EP
RX 350L Sports Luxury
$85,000
$88,500
$101,600
RX 450hL Luxury
RX 450hL Luxury + EP
RX 450hL Sports Luxury
$94,470
$97,970
$111,070


1 Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer deliver and statutory charges. Optional extras at additional cost.
2 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
3 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC.
4 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
5 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
6 Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.
7 Save for Lexus trademarks depicted, all other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
* Achieved in test conditions. Actual fuel consumption and emissions may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined (litres/100km).

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For more information, please contact:

Tracey Schouten
Manager, Marketing Operations
Lexus Australia
E: tracey.schouten@lexus.com.au
M: +61 459 879 617

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LEXUS RX "SEDUCTIVE STRENGTH" STYLING REFINED


Lexus designers have refined and enriched the exterior styling of the RX Line, introducing a progressive, sophisticated look for the strong-selling luxury SUV.

The latest changes are an evolution of the distinctive "seductive strength" RX design theme, designed to accentuate its bold and powerful on-road presence.

Viewed from above, the RX features a diamond-shaped body from the spindle grille to the rear to emphasise a flowing and elegantly sculpted look.

For the latest RX, the lower edge of the revised spindle grille has been raised and the side impression has been enhanced to deliver a more distinctive presence.

The centre silhouette now appears more three-dimensional, aided by a new block-mesh pattern on Luxury and Sports Luxury, replacing the previous horizontal bars.

A new wire-mesh pattern for the F Sport is intricately woven to deliver a uniquely assertive frontal appearance.

Flanking the new spindle grille are sleeker, narrower headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lamps and clearance lamps that illuminate in a single strobe rather than as individual LEDs.

Cornering lamps join LED fog lamps on Luxury grades for the first time.

Luxury grades utilise bi-LED headlamps, while F Sport and Sports Luxury grades employ new LED units as used in the Lexus LC sports car with sequential front indicators.

All new RX variants feature a revised bumper and fog-lamp layout to provide further horizontal integration with the lower door area, creating greater harmony between design elements and emphasising the width of the vehicle.

This is matched by a revised rear bumper that lays out design elements on a horizontal axis and incorporates jet-black plating to seamlessly match the frontal design changes and heighten the on-road stance of the latest RX.

F Sport grades add to these changes with more aggressive front and rear bumper inserts incorporating aluminium-look paint and jet-black plating.

An altered character line, which traces from the front bumper to the side door, accentuates the vehicle's shapely front end. F Sport grades further incorporate F Sport fender badging, and jet-black plating for the mirror caps.

Complementing these changes, a revised character line sweeps down from the 'floating' roof design to the rear, resulting in a slimmer overall expression.

Rear combination lamps adopt a new mirrored L-motif design that enlarges towards the outer edges of the vehicle, and places the indicator and reversing lamps on a lower horizontal axis for a more elegant appearance. Sequential rear indicators are standard on F Sport and Sports Luxury grades.

For the first time in Australia, all RX models feature a hands-free function for the standard power-operated tailgate, activated by moving a foot under the rear bumper.

RX Luxury grades employ a choice of new multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheel design (RX 300) or revised 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheel designs.

The exclusive dark-metallic finish of the mesh-spoke F Sport 20-inch alloy wheel provides a visually agile and intricate appearance befitting the sportiest new RX.

A high-polished chrome look for the new multi-spoke Sports Luxury 20-inch alloy wheel provides the flagship RX grades with the most sophisticated appearance.

The new Lexus RX is offered with two new colours - Glacial Ecru and Khaki Green, adding to Sonic Quartz, Onyx, Graphite Black, Vermillion, Deep Metallic Bronze, Deep Blue, and the F Sport-exclusive White Nova and Cobalt Mica.

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ENHANCED CONNECTIVITY MEETS IMPECCABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP


The impressive interior of the new RX Line gains advanced technologies, enhanced storage options and - for seven-seat variants - greater seating flexibility.

New features are presented within a matrix of premium material composition, textures and shapes that meld seamlessly with immaculate build quality.

For the first time in Australia, the upgraded RX standardises a 12.3-inch centre display screen - replacing the 8.0-inch screen of the previous Luxury grade.

It has been positioned 137.9mm closer to the occupants to support new touch-display functionality.

The display benefits from a new Lexus remote-touch interface positioned on the centre console, incorporating a 65mm-wide and 62mm-tall touchpad featuring frameless construction and haptic feedback.

Surrounding the Lexus remote-touch interface are "map", "menu" and "back" buttons now joined by a "sub function" switch that can display functions for applications such as air-conditioning and navigation - further improving accessibility.

Apple CarPlay®1 and Android™ Auto2 compatibility is included as standard, augmented by the inclusion of new smartphone storage and six USB ports - up to four more than previously.

Satellite navigation, digital DAB+ radio3, wireless smartphone charging4 and voice control are standard.

Voice control functionality allows the driver to effortlessly "speak" to the vehicle while driving, to select a phonebook contact to dial (where a smartphone is Bluetooth-connected), a destination address to enter into the navigation and other commands.

The colour head-up display (standard on F Sport and Sports Luxury grades and the RX 350, RX 350L, RX 450h and RX 450hL Luxury with Enhancement Pack) now incorporates speed-sign integration as part of newly added road-sign assist technology.

Clear and concise 12-speaker audio is standard, now with an amplifier made lighter and more compact for higher sound quality.

F Sport and Sports Luxury grades introduce a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system that now incorporates Quantum™ Logic surround sound technology, resulting in a stunningly immersive acoustic system with immense clarity and detail.

F Sport and Sports Luxury grades also introduce a panoramic view monitor that can provide crisp detail of front, side and rear surroundings, plus a 'birds eye' function that can deliver 360-degree viewpoints from slightly and directly above the vehicle.

Lexus has enriched the luxury experience inside the RX, building on the plush seating and soft, elegant materials with new trim options and access to additional flexibility for RX L seven-seat variants.

The RX 300 Luxury is available with a new high-grade synthetic material in a choice of black or ivory, while other Luxury variants have leather-accented trim together with a new rich cream option.

All Luxury variants have gloss-black ornamentation with a three-dimensional embossed pattern that creates depth and intrigue.

F Sport grades are distinguished by a perforated-leather-wrapped F Sport steering wheel, F Sport seats, alloy pedals and aluminium ornamentation. New trim options include F Sport black-and-white and F Sport flare red in addition to F Sport black.

Sports Luxury grades provide semi-aniline leather-accented trim with perforations, and quilted stitching on the seats and door trim for an elegant and indulgent feel.

Rich cream and black trim options are supplemented by newly available ivory and also ochre. Ornamentation options include open-pore walnut for the first time, along with laser-cut wood and bamboo (RX 450h and RX 450hL only) alternatives.

The 10-way power adjustable front seats of the Luxury and F Sport are upgraded in Sports Luxury to 14-way power adjustment.

All RX variants include fore-and-aft slide adjustment of the second-row seat base plus backrest recline. RX L variants and all Sports Luxury grades add power adjustment for the backrest recline.

The RX L also delivers an additional 45mm of second-row fore-and-aft slide adjustment compared with five-seat RX variants.

To enhance legroom for third-row passengers in the RX L, a new second seating position for the power-adjustable seats places rearmost occupants 16.2mm lower to increase headroom and 94.3mm further rearward to deliver additional legroom.

Tri-zone climate-control air-conditioning is standard on RX L variants, with separate controls for third-row occupants enabling maximum comfort.

Generous cargo space for the five-seat RX totals 506 litres (to the top of the second-row seat backs). With the second row folded, this expands to 924 litres. In addition to these totals, between 8 litres (RX 450h) and 13 litres (RX 300, RX 350) of underfloor storage space is provided.

The dimensionally longer RX L measures 176 litres with the third row in place (to the top of the third-row seat backs), expanding to 591 litres with third-row seats folded.

In addition to these totals, the Luxury grades of the RX L further include 16 litres of underfloor storage space.


1 Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
2 Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
3 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
4 Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.


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NEW SAFETY STANDARDS AS STANDARD


Every new RX delivers the same high standard of crash avoidance and impact safety technologies, including the adoption of several innovative features for the first time.

An expanded Lexus Safety System+1 (LSS+) now includes a Pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, and more advanced driving support with lane tracing assist (LTA) and road-sign assist (RSA).

Lexus PCS, which can automatically apply the brakes to help prevent a collision or mitigate the force of impact, can now detect potential collisions with pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and cyclists during the daytime.

RSA has been newly implemented on every new RX, using a windscreen-mounted camera to detect speed signs and display the speed limit in the Multi-information display (MID), and head-up display (standard on F Sport and Sports Luxury grades and the RX 350, RX 350L, RX 450h and RX 450hL Luxury with Enhancement Pack).

RSA is also linked to the standard all-speed radar active cruise control (RACC), which helps the driver maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

When the vehicle travels at a constant speed preset by the driver, and a speed-limit sign is recognised by RSA, the driver can reset the vehicle speed in accordance with the new speed limit by using the switches on the steering wheel.

The RACC system is capable of low-speed following including stop-start driving at speeds between standstill and 40km/h, reducing driver burden in congested traffic.

New LTA expands on the existing lane-departure warning system by introducing advanced lane-centring technology.

LTA incorporates lane-departure warning, providing audible and visual alerts plus steering-wheel vibration to inform the driver of potential lane departure.

It can also provide steering input to help the driver regain the intended track.

LTA can now recognise boundaries between the asphalt and grass, soil or kerbs, as well as white or yellow lane markings.

If LTA judges that the vehicle is deviating from its lane and there is a risk of collision with an overtaking vehicle in the next lane, steering assist now initiates even when the turn signal is operating to help avoid a collision.

When all-speed RACC is active, LTA provides gentle steering inputs to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane. LTA can operate from highway speeds down to standstill, supporting the driver in congested traffic as well as on freeways.

If lane markings cannot be detected, such as in tight traffic, the camera and millimetre-wave radar will enable the RX to follow the path of the vehicle ahead.

The new RX is also able to better protect occupants and other road users from danger at low speeds following the addition of a parking support brake system.

Parking support brake use intelligent clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic sensors to detect static objects ahead or behind the vehicle, as well as crossing vehicles as part of rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA).

Working during the vehicle's intitial forward or reverse acceleration from standstill and when the vehicle is moving at up to 15km/h, the system can help warn the driver of an imminent parking or pedestrian collision.

It can reduce drive force and apply braking if a driver fails to respond or provide adequate braking response to a collision.

A blind-spot monitor (BSM) and automatic high beam are also standard on new RX.

Automatic high-beam (AHB) ensures the high-beam headlamps remain off when vehicles ahead and oncoming are detected. When vehicles are no longer detected, the system turns on high-beam illumination.

F Sport and Sports Luxury grades of the new RX debut an LED adaptive high-beam system (AHS) with world-first blade-scan technology.

Compared with existing technology that points LED lamps towards the road, the new technology directs the lamps back towards a blade mirror rotating at 12,000rpm.

Blade-scan technology utilises the reflection of light off the mirror to increase high-beam brightness and expand its reach down the road. It also more finely controls light distribution to achieve the most precise "shading" to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Typical adaptive high-beam technology uses LED lamps directed at the road, which switch on and off as individual chips that can shade fixed portions of the road.

With blade-scan technology, LED lamps switch on and off in 50 microseconds while synchronising with the blade mirror, which spins on high rotation to deliver immediate response, reduce the width of the shaded area and provide a greater spread of illumination.

Illuminated and shaded areas are controlled in 0.1-degree increments (previously 1.0-degree), almost halving the width of the shaded area to just 3.5 metres at a distance of 50 metres (from 6.3 metres).

Compared with previous AHS on RX, blade-scan technology is more than 10 per cent brighter and it extends the high-beam reach to pedestrians situated in close proximity to shaded vehicles from 32 metres to 56 metres - a further 24 metres ahead.

In addition to allowing drivers to recognise pedestrians much earlier, brighter and more focused light distribution enables improved illumination of hard-to-see areas such as road shoulders and road signs.

The new RX includes 10 airbags, and vehicle stability control and traction control systems as standard.


1 The features described above are driver assist features that only operate under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for an explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.

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SUBSTANTIAL CHASSIS REVISIONS INTRODUCE NEW COMFORT, CONTROL


Lexus has advanced the handling, agility and ride comfort of the new RX Line through increased body rigidity and improvements to the steering and suspension.

Measures to increase body rigidity - including an additional 4.2 metres of adhesive and 36 spot welds applied to the side, underbody and rear-wheel housings - help to deliver tauter handling while allowing the suspension to provide greater ride comfort.

The additional body stiffness has been complemented by the introduction of a friction control device inside the front and rear shock absorbers of all new RX grades.

A rubber lip is installed in the shock-absorber cylinder to mitigate high-frequency vibration from road surface unevenness that cannot be controlled with hydraulic pressure. This further improves ride comfort by filtering unwanted body movement.

The RX F Sport and Sports Luxury grades employ revised adaptive variable suspension (AVS) control that works more harmoniously with the road surface.

The control range of AVS has been extended to further enhance ride comfort and control by optimising several damping force control functions, including:
* roll-attitude control, to maintain optimum vehicle attitude during cornering based on signal input from the steering sensor, the yaw rate and linear G sensor.
* anti-dive control, which predicts that the vehicle will pitch forward due to brake operation based on the pressure in the brake master cylinder and maintains a higher damping force, moderating the speed at which the vehicle pitches forward.
* rebound control, where a vertical G sensor detects directions of heave, roll and pitch due to surface imperfections and smoothens the rebound rate.
* unsprung mass vibration damping control, where unsprung resonance is detected based on speed sensor signal output and a higher damping force is maintained.

Drive Mode Select in the RX F Sport and Sports Luxury grades enables the selection of two types of damping force control.

Eco, Normal and Sport S modes control damping force in accordance with driving operations and road surface conditions for stable ride comfort.

By controlling damping force in the higher region more frequently than Eco, Normal and Sport S modes, Sport S+ mode provides flatter ride stability.

Increased body rigidity and heightened ride control have also enabled a series of dynamic transformations to be made to the new RX.

Updated front and rear hub bearings increase the lateral rigidity of the suspension, to realise excellent yaw response and tighten steering response and feedback.

The electronic power steering (EPS) control has been retuned to provide more torque around the centre position, delivering greater on-centre feel.

The diameter of the rear stabiliser has also been increased by 5.7 per cent in order to increase its rigidity, while the item is now made of a hollow construction to reduce its weight by 26.6 per cent.

The new RX now adopts a more fluent, "natural" posture through corners, demanding less steering input from the driver.

Lexus supplemented these changes by adopting new active cornering assist software on all new RX grades.

Active cornering assist, integrated with the standard vehicle stability and traction control, helps the vehicle trace the driver's intended line through a corner by suppressing any tendency to understeer. It applies some brake control on the inside wheels to produce yaw, "tightening" the line of travel through corners to provide greater precision while maintaining stability.

All RX 300, RX 450h and RX 450hL variants adopt an altered dynamic damper installed on the front suspension member to further quell noise and vibration.

The RX 450h and RX 450hL move a step further with a new left-front suspension member mount to reduce noise.

RX F Sport grades further increase their handling focus and take on a more separate character with the addition of front and rear performance dampers to deliver additional body stiffness and handling surety.

The front damper connects the radiator supports and the front suspension mounts to supplement core subframe support, while the rear damper is placed between the rear hooks to brace the chassis rails.

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THREE POWERTRAIN CHOICES FOR LEXUS RX CUSTOMERS


The new RX Line is offered with the choice of three advanced powertrains tuned for performance, economy and low emissions.

Four-cylinder turbo, V6 petrol and self-charging hybrid powertrains are equipped with intake VVT-iW technology to promote fuel efficiency while delivering strong power and torque across the engine rev range.

Bespoke on-demand all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems are applied to the V6 petrol and hybrid models for maximum traction and control over a variety of surfaces.

RX 300 grades are powered by an innovative 8AR-FTS turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with stop-start technology, delivering 175kW and 350Nm.

It drives the front wheels through an intelligent electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.

The engine, equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger for minimal "lag", features the latest Lexus intelligent variable valve timing system, VVT-iW ('W' for wide).

The broader variation of inlet timing in the VVT-iW system enables the RX 300 engine to operate in both the conventional Otto cycle and more fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle.

The 8AR-FTS engine's D-4ST fuel-injection system uses high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port injection to provide optimum combustion in all driving conditions.

The U661 transaxle is lightweight and compact, featuring an impressive array of electronic features designed to provide smooth shifting and acceleration, optimum fuel economy and response, and sporting driving performance.

Fuel-saving features include flexible torque-converter lock-up control from 2nd to 6th gears.

In SPORT mode, even when in the automatic (D) range, Lexus AI (artificial intelligence) shift control selects the most suitable gear for sporty driving by monitoring the vehicle's G sensor and driver operations including throttle angle. Shift selection is biased towards the lower gears to draw out the engine's full potential.

Combined fuel economy is rated at 8.1 litres/100km1 and CO2 of 189 grams/km2.

Lexus RX 350 and RX 350L grades adopt the dual-injection 2GR-FKS 3.5-litre quad-cam V6. Intake VVT-iW and exhaust VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) deliver high torque across low to high rpm ranges.

The engine delivers a maximum 221kW of power at 6300rpm and 370Nm of torque from 4600-4700rpm for five-seat variants. A single exhaust on RX 350L grades, due to packaging requirements for the third-row seat, results in small reductions in power and torque (5kW, 12Nm).

RX 350 has an eight-speed sequential-shift intelligent automatic transmission, for a balance of linear acceleration, optimum fuel economy and driveability under all conditions, plus smooth shift feel.

It is equipped with G-sensor artificial intelligence shift control, direct downshift control and torque converter lock-up from 2nd to 8th gears.

The RX 350 adopts the compact, lightweight Lexus Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. It uses information on vehicle speed, steering and throttle angles, and yaw rate to control torque distribution automatically between the front and rear axles.

Dynamic Torque Control saves fuel by driving only the front wheels when the vehicle is cruising, switching to AWD when needed via an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential housing.

The RX 350 also features a 'lock' button mounted on the lower centre console. Able to be activated at up to 40km/h, the torque of the engine is distributed to the rear wheels to the maximum extent possible in accordance with driving conditions.

All-wheel drive lock mode can we used when a large amount of drive power needs to be applied to all the wheels.

Combined cycle fuel economy is 9.6 litres/100km1 on 5-seat variants and 10.2 litres/100km1 on 7-seat variants.

Lexus RX 450h and 450hL are equipped with the Lexus Hybrid System and direct injection, offering maximum combined power of 230kW.

The self-charging full hybrid system features a 3.5-litre direct injection V6 petrol engine, with maximum output of 193 kW and 335 Nm of torque. The total output of the hybrid powertrain (engine and electric motor combined) is 230 kW.

The 2GR-FXS engine's combustion chamber design generates a high degree of tumble inside the cylinders, improving combustion performance.

An all-gear electronically controlled continuously variable transmission offers a six-step sequential shift. There is also a pre-loaded differential that supports better performance and straight-line stability.
AWD traction is provided by the Lexus E-Four intelligent system that incorporates a 50kW, 139Nm electric motor on the rear axle.

Combined cycle fuel economy is 5.7 litres/100km1 with CO2 emissions of 131 g/km2 on 5-seat variants, and 6.0 litres/100km1 and 137 g/km2 on 7-seat variants.


1 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (L/100km).
2 Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted.


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LEXUS RX LINE SPECIFICATIONS


Untitled Document

MODEL RX 300 RX 350, 350L RX 450h, 450hL
Engine  8AR-FTS2GR-FKS2GR-FXS
Capacity (cm3)199834563456
Engine type        
   In-line 4-cylinder turbo-charged & intercooled petrol, 16 valves, DOHC, VVT-iW inlet and VVT-i exhaust, D-4S dual injectionAll-alloy 60-degree V6, 24 valves, DOHC (per bank), VVT-iW inlet and VVT-i exhaust, D-4S dual injectionAll-alloy Atkinson cycle, 60-degree V6, 24 valves, DOHC (per bank), dual VVT-i, D-4S dual injection and cooled EGR
Fuel type  95 RON (PULP) or higher    
Bore x stroke (mm)86.0 x 86.094.0 x 83.094.0 x 83.0
Compression ratio10.0:111.8:113.0:1
Max. power        
Petrol engine  175kW @ 4800-5600rpm221kW @ 6300rpm (L: 216kW)193kW @ 6000rpm
Combined (hybrid)  230kW
Max. torque  350Nm @ 1650-4000rpm370Nm @ 4600-4700rpm; L: 358Nm335Nm @ 4600rpm (Petrol)
Hybrid system      
Type    Series/parallel, full hybrid
Electric motor (MG1)  AC synchronous, permanent magnet
Max power (front)  123kW
Max power (rear)  50kW
Max torque (front)  335Nm
Max torque (rear)  139Nm
Electric generator (MG2)  AC synchronous, permanent magnet
System voltage (V)  650
High-voltage battery  Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Voltage (V) nominal  288
Transmission        
Type  U661E six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with sequential shift, D and M modes, G-sensor artificial intelligence shift control and low-speed lock-up torque converterU881F eight-speed automatic, electronically controlled with sequential shift, D and M modes, G-sensor artificial intelligence shift control, direct downshift control and torque converter lock-up from 2nd to 8th gears#P313 electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) with sequential shiftmatic system and artificial intelligence shift control
Gear ratios        
First  3.300:15.250:1Six-step CVT
Second  1.900:13.028:1 
Third  1.420:11.950:1 
Fourth  1.000:11.456:1 
Fifth  0.713:11.220:1 
Sixth  0.608:11.000:1 
Seventh   0.808:1 
Eighth   0.673:1 
Reverse  4.148:14.014:1 
Final drive ratio (front/rear)4.398:1/-3.329:1/2.277:13.542:1/6.859:1
Suspension        
TypeFrontIndependent MacPherson struts, lower arms, gas-pressurised double-acting dampers with multi-leaf type linear control piston valves and internal rebound springs, and strut-mounted stabiliser bar (adaptive variable suspension on F Sport and Sports Luxury)
 RearIndependent trailing-arm double wishbone with gas-pressurised double-acting dampers with multi-leaf linear control piston valves and rebound springs, and lower-arm mounted stabiliser bar (adaptive variable suspension on F Sport and  Sports Luxury)
AWD specifications      
Driven wheelsFront-wheel driveAll-wheel drive  
AWD System   Dynamic torque control all-wheel drive with electronic centre coupling for torque transferE-Four active all-wheel drive with 50kW electric rear drive motor
Brakes        
Front  328mm x 28mm ventilated discs with floating double-piston callipers  
Rear  338mm x 18mm ventilated discs with floating single-piston callipers  
Parking brakeElectrical switch, centre console    
Additional featuresAnti-skid braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction control, enhanced vehicle stability control, hill-start assist control
Steering        
Type  Road-speed sensitive electric power-assisted high-precision rack and pinion
Turns lock-to-lock2.7    
Min turning radius (m)5.9 (kerb to kerb)    
Wheels and tyres      
Rims  

18" alloy (300 Luxury); 20" alloy (all other variants). Grade-dependent design.

Tyres  235/65R18235/55R20
Body/exterior dimensions      
Overall length (mm)48904890, L: 5000  
Overall width (mm)1895    
Overall height (mm)1690350: 1690; 450h: 1685; L: 1700  
Wheelbase (mm)2790    
Track front (mm)1640    
Track rear (mm)1630    
Front overhang (mm)1080    
Rear overhang (mm)10201020; L: 1130  
Minimum ground clearance (mm)(Measured at exhaust pipe) 200 (450h: 195)  
Approach angle (deg)16.716.7; L: 16.316.5; L: 16.3
Departure angle (deg)24.824.8; L: 22.024.0; L: 22.0
Coefficient of drag0.33    
Weights/loads      
Kerb weight (kg)1890-19951980-2085; L: 2090-21502105-2210; L: 2220-2275
GVW (kg)  25002575; L: 27202715: L: 2840
Towing capacity (kg)100015001500; L: 0
Capacities        
Fuel tank (L)  72  65
Seating  Five; L: seven    
Luggage space (litres)(Rear seat, standard position, floor to seat-top) 506; L: 176  
Performance        
Max. speed (km/h)200    
0-100 km/h (sec)9.28.0; L: 8.27.7; L: 8.0
Fuel consumption (L/100 km)*    
Combined  8.19.6; L: 10.25.7; L: 6.0
Extra urban  7.07.3; L: 7.75.6; L: 5.9
Urban  10.113.5; L: 14.35.7; L: 6.2
CO2 emissions (g/km)*      
Combined  189223; L: 234131; L: 137
#Full lock-up only on 2nd to 8th gears when decelerating (3rd to 8th when accelerating). *Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02 combined cycle.

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