The entry-level version of the RX200t is offered with front-wheel drive, while the all over versions will be four-wheel drive.
There are five trims on offer - S, SE, Luxury, F-Sport and Premier. The entry-level S comes with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, satellite navigation with an eight-inch screen, DAB digital radio, reversing camera and LED headlights.
Step up to the SE, which is the lowest trim available with the hybrid powertrain, and you get auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front powered seats, ad memory settings for the seat, mirrors and steering wheel positions. Luxury versions add a larger, 12.3in satellite navigation screen with DVD player, 20in alloys, a gesture controlled bootlid and a wireless phone charger.
Higher-spec F-Sport versions also get visual upgrades, including a new mesh for the grille and front bumper, with unique alloy wheel designs and a different instrument cluster. The car also gets steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-Sport also gets a new active stabiliser system, which helps to keep the car level through corners, as well as adaptive variable suspension. Drivers can select from a new Sport S+ mode, too.
The range-topping Premier model adds more kit like a colour head-up display, an upgraded 15-speaker stereo system, heated steering wheel and the choice of a sunroof or a panoramic glass roof.
Lexus says the RX’s structure is now stiffer and more stable than before, and the car should offer “drastically improved” handling response.
F-Sport versions of the new RX get a new mesh for the grille and front bumper, with unique alloy wheel designs and a different instrument cluster. The car also gets steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-Sport has a new active stabiliser system, which helps to keep the car level through corners, as well as adaptive variable suspension. Drivers can select from a new Sport S+ mode inside, too.
Other new features on the RX include Lexus’s Safety System+, which combines existing technologies such as pre-emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam lights. The system also includes a new lane-keeping assistance feature, and also works with the car’s adaptive cruise control.
Optional safety features include adaptive lighting, a panoramic view camera system and a blind-spot monitoring system.
The RX is a big seller for Lexus, accounting for three out of every 10 vehicles the brand has sold in its 26-year history.
Gen Ikeda, chief designer of the RX, said: “We designed the RX to have a high amount of excitement and strength. The longer wheelbase and larger wheel size create sporty, powerful proportions. At the same time as we have secured a highly luxurious and spacious cabin, we have kept a sleek and dynamic vehicle silhouette.”
The new RX will face competition from the likes of the Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE in Europe.
Pricing ranges from £39,995 for the two-wheel drive RX 200t, ranging to £57,995 for the RX450h Premier. Sales start from the beginning of 2016.
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