Lexus revealed the 5th generation RX, a completely reinvented model, opening a major new chapter for this iconic SUV.
On its launch in 1998, the RX 300 became the world’s first luxury SUV, creating a whole new car segment, with styling, acceleration, handling and quietness worthy of a luxury car.
In 2005, the RX 400h heralded the world’s first luxury hybrid car, with a revolutionary powertrain that combined a V6 petrol engine with a potent electric motor, a technological breakthrough that served as a launch-pad for the entire Lexus hybrid line-up.
Praised by customers for its comfort, refinement and quality, in 2016 the RX was the first Lexus model to receive Lexus Safety System+ technology. In 2019, RX showcased the world’s first BladeScanTM Adaptive High-beam System, a technology which uses a rotating blade-shaped mirror for enhanced illumination from LED headlights.
The pioneering RX has become a Lexus bestseller over the last two decades. With more than 3.5 million units sold worldwide since its introduction in 1998 – of which 300,000 in Europe – this 5th generation RX is pivotal to the brand’s future ‘Lexus Electrified’ strategy.
Koji Sato, President of Lexus International: “For the all-new RX we were determined to keep the Lexus DNA of supreme quality, ride comfort and refinement and elevate the driving experience to the next level, delivering a unique Lexus driving signature”.
Together with the recently launched NX and newly revealed RZ, RX will help build the ‘Next Chapter’ of the Lexus brand. These three models represent the strongest offensive yet in the D-E Premium SUV market, the heart of Lexus’ business.
NOW comes the 5th generation RX, an all new model with striking looks and a price to match. Yes, at RM468,888, this latest RX has to a number of rivals in our Malaysian market.
PRESS RELEASE: Lexus has further developed its new ‘Next Chapter’ design language for the new RX. This includes a new ‘spindle body’ that was achieved by integrating the spindle concept into the entire front of the vehicle.
The RX team also found inspiration in the rich RX design heritage. The result is a car that is instantly recognizable as RX, but with a more dynamic, elegant and confident character.
Inside, the driver-centered ‘Tazuna’ cockpit focuses on giving the driver direct, intuitive control of the vehicle, following the principal of ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road’. It also improves the driving experience, with its intuitive and clean layout, enhanced by a new 14″ touchscreen as standard which is one of the largest in its class.
The anti-glare screen has additional buttons for intuitive access to the most frequently used functions. Graphics are presented in HD for excellent visibility in all lighting conditions, while the CPU is 3.6 times faster than the current system.
Lexus also presents the RX 350 with a 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering higher performance than the current model.
To craft the new RX’s bespoke ‘Lexus Driving Signature’, Lexus optimized the SUV’s fundamentals such as the center of gravity, inertia specifications, weight reduction, rigidity, and powertrain to create a more natural dialogue between car and driver.
The improved handling and responsiveness come from an enhanced GA-K platform that delivers excellent body rigidity and a low center of gravity.
Leveraging Lexus’ world-class safety technology, the RX offers the 3rd-generation Lexus Safety System+, with improved Pre-Collision System, new Proactive Driver Assist and Extended Safety Package. The RX also features the latest multimedia platform with Hey Lexus Smart Voice Assistant and the Lexus Link app.
RX 350: MORE POWERFUL 2.4-LITRE PETROL TURBO
ENGINE: 2.4-litre turbocharged
GEARBOX: 8-speed automatic transmission
OUTPUT: 279 hp @ 6,000rpm
TORQUE: 430 Nm from 1,700 to 3,600rpm
0-100 km/h: 7.1 seconds