It didn’t take long for Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to get its hands on the new Lexus RX, did it? Here’s a new at the new Lexus RX TRD.

Fitted with a new aggressive, yet highly functional exterior styling package, the fourth-gen Lexus RX gets a proper body workout. The improved F Sport styling package, as TRD calls it, includes a new front spoiler, side skirts, sports muffler and a rear diffuser. There are also a set of new 20-inch multi-spoke forged aluminium wheels to set off the look.

Toyota’s tuning arm ays that the purpose of the new styling package is not only to give the RX a sharper look, but also to improve the SUV’s straight-line stability by improving aerodynamics, reducing wind resistance, and optimising the air-flow around the vehicle.

The interior of the car, as well as its performance characteristics appear to have been left entirely unchanged. There are also two new performance dampers, each located in the front and rear of the RX. The Japanese company says that the dampers improve steering stability and drive comfort by effectively “reducing deformation, noise and vibrations while on the road.”

Having made its global debut earlier this year in April, the new Lexus RX was only just put on the Japanese market last month (October), and is already expected to make an official Malaysian debut before the end of the year.

To recap, we’ve seen several powertrain options made available for the RX already, being the RX 350, RX 450 hybrid, and the RX 200t which replaces the old RX 270.

For Japan, the 3.5 litre V6 engine that powers the RX 350 in the US market is paired with an electric motor to form the RX 450 hybrid — both models are also tuned to offer 300 hp each.

The Japanese market also gets the new 235 hp/350 Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-pot that’s been making waves in the smaller NX SUV, as well as the IS and GS sedan. The Lexus RX 200t is something Malaysians may certainly look forward to when the SUV does make its local debut here.

Lexus RX