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Tailored range of Lexus' now available


Lexus has introduced a series of specification upgrades for its CT, RX and LX line-ups, touted as "Tailored to Suit".


Mainly limited to aesthetics, the smallest model in Lexus' products range benefits from a two-tone colour choice, created by blending a gloss black roof with a choice of four colours; White Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Mercury Grey and Morello Red. A new mono-tone colour, Amber, replaces the previous Fire Agate. Inside, the centre console now incorporates a digital slot for portable music devices.

Motivation still comes from a 1.8-litre petrol engine combined with a 60 kW electric motor, for a total output of 100 kW and 142 N.m of torque. A CVT drives the front wheels with Lexus claiming a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 L/100 km and emissions of 95 g/km.

A four year / 100 000 km warranty is included in the R506 800 asking price.


Launched earlier this year, upgrades to the RX are limited to the flagship 450h SE, and consists of an electrically adjustable second row with seat heaters, and a surround view camera system in place of the previous reverse camera.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 and two electric motors for a combined output of 230 kW and 362 N.m of torque. Drive goes to all four wheels via a CVT with fuel consumption being rated at 5.7 L/100 km and emissions at 131 g/km.

A four year / 100 000 km warranty and four year / 100 000 km distance plan is included in the R1 175 600 price.


Introduced just under a year ago, the flagship LX gains a number of safety features, namely Pre-Crash scanning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive High-Beam System which adjust to prevent blinding on-coming vehicles.

Underneath the bonnnet, the LX remains unchanged with power coming from a 5.7-litre V8 developing 270 kW and 530 N.m of torque, or a 4.5-litre twin-turbodiesel producing 195 kW and 620 N.m. A six-speed automatic is standard on the latter with the former adding two extra rations.

A four year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is however standard with the petrol's R1 648 200 and the diesel's R1 600 700 prices.

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