We’ve now seen the world première of the 4th generation Lexus RX, 2.1 million have been sold since its release in 1997. But what do we know about it so far? This it what we know, quite obviously it has been completely redesigned inside and out. Lets start with the interior, Lexus is keen for us to understand that there are a number of ‘zones’.
In the centre console, for example, we have the operation zone, and the information zone where the new 12.3-inch display takes centre stage. In the rear, power recline adjustment and heated seats are optional as well as a panoramic sunroof making the cabin feel light and airy.
For F Sport models get a perforated leather sports steering wheel with paddle shifters. The brand new front end features a stronger spindle grille design with chrome detailing and triple L-shaped LED headlights. Redesigned foglights, muscular flares, and sharp lines running down the flanks give the RX a “Samurai Warrior” body of armor look.
The darkened C-pillars create a floating roof effect and various coloured inserts provide ample customisation of the 20-inch aluminium wheels. The L-shaped light theme continues at the rear, where they give the car a wider, domineering impression. An F-motif grille and new alloy wheels distinguishes the F Sport from other available trim levels.
The new RX is both wider and longer than the outgoing model. An upgraded version of the 3.5-litre petrol V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission is set to produce 300 bhp. The same power output is expected from the hybrid which uses the same V6 engine.
Safety features include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), a stronger body structure, and Lexus Safety System+ with integrates a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). A built-in camera and radar support the Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
Optional Adaptive High Beam System, Panoramic View Monitor and Blind Spot Monitors are now included for those with limited peripheral vision. Further details and specifications for UK and European models will be announced nearer the late-2015 launch, but expect the price to be in the £40-50k region, with the current RX coming in at £45k.
Takayuki Katsida, the RX Chief Engineer said: “I believe this new RX will not only surprise new customers, it will also delight and satisfy our loyal customers, whose high expectations will be met by many innovations.” Lexus are unique in not just looking to nail those sky-high sales figures. The point is that Lexus’ main priority is to meet the high expectations of its customers by refining the quality of its vehicles.