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Best-selling Lexus gets even better.


Here in good old South Africa, we don’t seem to see many Lexus SUVs roaming our streets. Sure, in the East Rand there are many Ford bakkies with Lexus engines but that’s for another time. Lexus is determined to get more of their SUVs onto our roads and its first step towards this was releasing the NX compact SUV and now an all-new RX sports SUV which appeared at the New York Auto show recently.

The 2016 RX has a completely new interior to match its fresh, new, body style. The large dose of Lexus brand DNA that's been incorporated into the details can not only be seen, but also felt according to Lexus. The new fourth-generation RX also boasts exceptional on-road performance and safety technologies that include the Lexus Safety System+.

The RX with all-new sheet metal makes a powerful visual statement at first glance. A completely new front end is highlighted by the spindle grille, more aggressive front bumper and triple L-shaped LED headlamps. Together with the all-new LED fog lamps and LED daytime running lights, the RX has a more sophisticated and advanced look. Muscular front fender flares add to the vehicle's sporty attitude. When seen from the side, the sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roofline, give the RX a dynamic profile. All of this is said to help make the vehicle sure-footed at high speed and reduces wind noise. A truly distinctive styling cue is the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a floating roofline never before seen on a Lexus product.

Inside, RX's new cabin is said to be more elegant, higher-quality in terms of trim and exclusive with the likes of the Yamaha laser-cut ornamentation being available for those who appreciate an additional dimension of interior refinement. A colour heads-up display (HUD) projects vehicle information to the driver's windshield, while the information display area with a 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map, is situated atop the centre stack.

Rear-seat occupants are treated to more leg and knee space. The RX now offers heated outboard rear seats and a 60/40 power folding second row to enhance comfort and convenience.

Under the RX 350's hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5-liter V6 aiming to deliver better performance as well as improved fuel economy. It features with direct injection and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

For those who prefer more excitement and performance in their luxury utility vehicles, there is the RX F Sport (AWD models only). Lexus vehicles designated with the F Sport badge are equipped with a number of special visual and performance features that set them apart from other versions. In the RX's case, the spindle grille and lower centre piece of the rear bumper incorporate an "F" mesh design, giving the vehicle a sportier flair.


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