GIIAS Lexus RX 16

The new Lexus RX was the main event at Lexus’ GIIAS 2015 stand. The best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history took its place alongside the Lexus ES facelift, which is open for booking in Malaysia and is set to be launched very soon.

Back to the SUV. The new RX made its world debut at the New York show earlier this year. Now that it has smaller sibling NX to take care of the compact SUV market, the RX has been given freedom to grow – its wheelbase is up by 50 mm to make 2,789 mm. The exterior is as you’d expect from a modern Lexus – spindle grille, super sharp and edgy.

GIIAS Lexus RX 10

Project chief designer Gen Ikeda says that the new RX’s design concept was “Seductive Strength” and the SUV has bolder proportions via the increased wheelbase and bigger wheel size. The man with the pen says that it has “unmatched presence”. It looks very bold, for sure.

In NYC, the RX was revealed with a 3.5 litre V6 engine (RX 350) and a 3.5 litre V6 mated to a hybrid drive system for the RX 450h. Both deliver 300 hp. In April, Lexus announced the RX 270-replacing RX 200t, which uses the latest 235 hp/350 Nm 2.0 litre turbo unit from the NX. The unit pictured here is an RX 350 with the F Sport package and a red cabin, as per official images below.

This new Lexus RX will be coming to Malaysia in the near future, and it’ll be an easier sell than before too, especially with the new 2.0 turbo engine.