Lexus has confirmed the all-new, fourth-generation Lexus RX is set for an Australian launch in November.
The new 2016 RX features a bold new exterior styling and a revamped interior, with all models getting a new spindle grille with chrome-plated border, triple L-shaped LED headlights (F Sport and Sports Luxury) and redesigned fog lamps.
The RX is also the first Lexus model to feature blacked-out C-pillars, which is said to provide a dramatic ‘floating-roof’ effect.
All models roll on 20-inch alloy wheels, with Sports Luxury models customizable with variable colour inserts.
Inside, the interior gets Lexus-first features such as laser-cut ornamentation, and the availability of a large head-up display and a crisp, high definition 12.3-inch display.
Lexus says the new model combines this dynamic new appearance with focused on-road performance and new safety technologies, including the new Lexus Safety System+ package that includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam and Active Cruise Control on all variants.
Lexus Australia will offer buyers considerable choice, with the local model line-up featuring RX 200t, RX 350 and RX 450h variants in varying grade levels.
RX 200t will be powered by Lexus’ new turbocharged four cylinder powerplant, which will develop 175kW and 350Nm and drive the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
RX 200t will be available in Luxury grade and can be specified with enhancement packs.
RX 350 will feature a 3.5-litre direct injection V6, which will develop 221kW and 370Nm, and drive all four wheels via an eight-speed transmission.
This model is available in either Luxury, F Sport or Sports Luxury grade levels.
The RX 450h hybrid will develop 230kW combined system power (engine and electric motor) and drive all four wheels via a CVT transmission.
RX 450h will also be available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades.
The new RX also gets Adaptive Variable Suspension for the first time.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said new RX built on the success of the previous generations of RX.
“The RX has been a significant vehicle for Lexus globally but also here in Australia since we introduced it to the local market in 2003,” Mr Hanley said.
“This new, fourth-generation RX takes the midsize luxury SUV to new levels with dynamic and aggressive styling, a range of new technologies and a new luxury interior.”
Full details and specifications will be released closer to launch.