UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. launched the Lexus RX350 premium SUV for the Malaysian market today at its Lexus showroom in Mutiara Damansara. Although maintaining the general shape of its predecessor, this third generation RX350 features an exterior design which is inspired by the LX-Fh concept, with head lights that point downward and a new bumper up front, a side profile with a slightly curvaceous shoulder line, and new LED tail lights with a new bumper at the back.

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Lexus RX

Other exterior features include a new rear spoiler that conceals the rear wiper, a touch sensor smart switch on the door handles, LED turn signal lamps on the door mirrors, Bi-Xenon head lights with adaptive lighting and 18 inch alloys with a 5 spoke design which are wrapped with 235/60 R18 tires. Overall size wise, it has grown a little, with an increase of 40 mm in overall width and 30 mm in length which helps increase wheelbase by 20 mm. Height is also slightly increased, while overall weight is rated at 1975 kilograms, instead of 1860 kilograms with the old model. Tracks are also wider now, by 55 mm up front and 65 mm at the rear.

On the interior which is generously finished with leather and genuine walnut wood, the new RX350 receives a centre console that is connected to the dashboard, an improved instrument panel with a white multi-information display which uses OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) which offers better clarity, Eco Driving Indicator Light and Zone Display that allows the driver to monitor his or her level of driving economy using a bar graph, a new centre-mounted 7 inch information display, front seats with 10-way power adjustment, rear seats which can be folded down via a 40:20:40 split as well as a tilt-and-slide moon roof.

In terms of in-car entertainment, the new RX comes with the Lexus Premium Audio 9-speaker system with an in-dash 6 CD changer with mp3 and WMA compatibility, as well as an auxiliary jack which is located in the centre console. The RX350 continues to utilize the 2GR-FE 3.5 litre V6 that is capable of 273HP at 6,200 revs and 346Nm of torque which is available from 2,300 revs.

The 24-valve power plant which features Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) with newly designed intake and exhaust manifolds and the addition of ACIS (Acoustic Control Induction System) which helps improve torque across the widest possible rev range is mated to an all new 6 speed automatic transmission that is 6 kilograms lighter than the previous 5 speed automatic. To help improve shifting response, Lexus has fitted miniature high-flow linear solenoids to control transmission-fluid line-pressure. Shifting can also be performed manually via the Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission with Artificial Intelligence Shifting. The new RX350 is able to sprint to 100 km/h in 8 seconds, all the way up to 200 km/h.

This time round, the RX350 comes with an all-new electronically controlled Active Torque Control All Wheel Drive system. Meaning, this new system enables torque to be distributed from anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 (front and rear) depending on driving conditions. Suspension wise, the front features MacPherson struts with a thicker stabilizer bar while the rear features a double wishbone setup. The new RX also comes fitted with an electrical power steering system.

Safety features are made up by a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) which controls other functions such as ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control, a Hill-Start Assist system, a total of 10 air bags as well as active headrests. Available in nine body colours including the new Silvery Blue Metallic and three interior colours with two different shades of walnut wood trim, the Lexus RX 350 carries an on-the-road price tag of RM 377,200.00, without insurance.

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