New Lexus RX at Frankfurt Motor Show

Tuesday 15 September 2015

By James Mosley

The new Lexus RX has made its European debut at the Frankfurt motor show today after first being unveiled at the New York Motor Show back in April. Its appearance comes as the countdown begins to the first customers receiving their new vehicles early next year. The launch of the new model is a big deal for Lexus, with the RX their biggest selling model shifting around 2.2 million units since first being laun

This new model is the fourth generation of the Lexus RX and its evident to see that the all new car has been brought into line with the rest of the current Lexus range. The nose of the new car in particular borrows heavily from its baby brother the Lexus NX. It can also now be specified with large 20 inch wheels and the car features muscular creases which, according to the car’s chief designer Gen Ikeda, “create sporty, powerful proportions”.

The other big news regarding the Lexus RX is that the new car will not only feature a reworked version of the RS450h and its hybrid power train from the previous model, but there will also be an RX200t available, featuring a 225bhp 2.0 turbocharged engine. The RX200t also features a 6 speed automatic gearbox that has been purposely fettled to deliver strong acceleration.

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Performance has also been upped on the RX450h, with power output increased to a total of 308bhp, helping the SUV to reach 62mph from standing in 7.7 seconds. Lexus has also worked hard to increase the efficiency of the hybrid power train too, with average fuel economy now reportedly at 54mpg and emissions from just 120g/km, meaning early fourth gen RX models could even sit in the £20 per year VED category providing you purchase before the changes happen in 2017. Not bad figures for a big V6 (hybrid) SUV.

A longer wheel base on the new model also helps the new car to feel significantly more spacious inside, with more rear leg room. There’s a huge 12.3 inch screen inside the cabin too for the infotainment system and also a choice of all the usual luxuries you expect from Lexus. Rear seat passengers can still get a slice of the luxury too, with heated and reclining rear seats available.

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Standard equipment is very generous with all new models now featuring “Lexus Safety+”, which includes Pre-Crash safety, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist and Auto High Beam. Other options also include a “no touch” powered tailgate and a 360 degree view monitor.

The new range will kick off with the 2wd RX200t S, which comes as standard with Lexus Navigation as well as 18 inch alloy wheels and bi-LED headlights and starts at £39,995. The hybrid RX450h starts with the SE model which includes 4wd, Lexus Navigation and electric heated and ventilated seats as standard. The RX450h starts from £46,995.

There will also be a Luxury grade available with Lexus Premium Navigation utilising the 12.3 inch display along with 20 inch wheels and the “no touch” tailgate. F Sport adds sporty looks and handling with exclusive styling and adaptive variable suspension while the top spec Premier adds a new colour head up display, the 360 degree monitor, Mark Levinson audio plus the panoramic roof. Order books are opening mid-September with first deliveries expected in January.

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