Lexus has launched the all-new RX luxury crossover in Mzansi in two versions: the petrol V6-powered RX 350 EX and the petrol-electric hybrid RX 450h in SE guise.
The new Lexus RX 350 EX features an upgraded 3.5-litre direct injection V6 that develops 221kW and 370Nm – 17kW and 24Nm more than the previous generation – and drives all four wheels via an eight-speed transmission.
The new Lexus RX 450h hybrid develops 230kW combined system power (engine and electric motor) – a 10kW increase in combined system power over the previous generation RX 450h – and drives all four wheels via a CVT transmission.
The exterior styling package on the all-new RX delivers a dramatic appearance in tune with the model’s extrovert style direction.
Its aggressive spindle grille design sets the tone for the styling package, fusing with the overall body to deliver a sleek, streamlined appearance.
The new headlamp design complements the more pronounced spindle grille and works in combination with the daytime running lamps to provide a strong, commanding frontal road presence.
The RX 450h is strikingly ‘lit’ courtesy of the tri-LED headlamp cluster with integrated washer system. This model also features a sequential LED indicator function which works in conjunction with the DRLs. The RX 350 EX makes use of HID headlamps with a more conventional indicator function.
The side design is characterised by a sharp, angular profile while continuing the lines of the spindle grille from the front to the rear.
The real kick in the design profile are the blacked-out C pillars which create the illusion of a floating roof.
The rear design evokes the styling elements of the front, specifically the trapezoidal spindle grille design, to provide continuity and a feeling of width, which contributes to the aggressive stance of the newcomer.
The RX 350 EX is priced at R799 000 and RX 450h SE at R999 000.