Lexus Malaysia officially introduced the the facelifted RX last night – the reworked third-generation SUV makes its local debut just two months after its introduction in Geneva.
A complete line-up makes its way in, four models in all, these being the entry-level RX 270, followed by the RX 350, RX 350 F SPORT and the range-topping RX 450h hybrid.
Changes include a new front end, complete with the new spindle shaped grilled first seen on the LF-LC Concept, and most recently on the GS, launched here two months ago. The spindle grille will soon be adopted throughout the range to strengthen the Lexus family identity between model ranges, the company says.
Aside from the new spindle grille, exterior revisions include a new front bumper as well as headlamps equipped with new LED daytime running lights, and the rear light cluster has also been redesigned. Also on is a new 19-inch wheel design, found on the RX 350 and RX 450h, wrapped with 235/55 series tyres (the RX 270 has 18-inch wheels, with 235/60 rubbers).
Naturally, the interior gets reworked too, and features a new steering wheel with high quality wood and leather. For the first time, all RX variants are equipped with a second-generation Remote Touch Controller, which is linked to an 8.0-inch Electro Multi Vision screen and is equipped with navigation.
Meanwhile, the RX 350 F SPORT adds performance dampers and an F SPORT suspension into the equation. There’s also F SPORT specific exterior trim, which is made up of a mesh grille, dark grey 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and F SPORT badges on the front fenders.
The interior on this one also gets kitted up to reflect a sportier tone, with aluminium panels in place of the more elegant wood inserts leading the changes. The seats get special F SPORT perforated leather and the six-speed automatic gearbox gains paddle shifters.
No changes mechanically, with the same engine line-up as before. The front wheel-drive RX270′s 2.7 litre 1AR-FE four-cylinder mill offers 185 hp 5,800 rpm and 252 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, while the RX 350 and RX 350 F SPORT wear the 2GR-FE 3.5 litre V6 engine, with 274 hp at 6,200 rpm and 346 Nm at 4,700 rpm.
The top-of-the-line RX 450h’s Atkinson Cycle 2GR-FXE 3.5 litre V6 engine continues with 245 hp at 6,000 rpm and 317 Nm at 4,800 rpm for output numbers as before, and in combination with a 123 kW electric front drive motor and a 50 kW rear motor, offers 295 hp in combined hybrid system output.
As before, a three-block, 10-module-each 288V Ni-MH battery – located below the rear seats – continues to provide the necessary juice, and the powertrain is mated to an E-Four electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission.
Standard kit on all four variants include a Lexus Premium Audio 12-speaker system and 10 airbags.
Price-wise, the RX 270 goes for RM359,800, while the RX 350 is RM399,800. Opting for the F SPORT route takes the price to RM409,800, and the hybrid RX 450h features a marginal increase from before, at RM525,000.