See it for yourself and discover sophistication without boundaries. Join us at the Lexus RX Amazing Night on 12 November 2015, 7.00pm at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. RSVP now! http://bit.ly/1GJ9vMF

Posted by Lexus Malaysia on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

As revealed earlier, the new Lexus RX is coming to Malaysia before the year ends and a date has now been set. Lexus Malaysia announced on its Facebook page that the RX will debut on November 12 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre.

“See it for yourself and discover sophistication without boundaries. Join us at the Lexus RX Amazing Night on 12 November 2015, 7.00 pm at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre,” the invite reads. Sounds like they have seats for the public, and you can RSVP at the link given.

The fourth-gen RX made its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April this year. Now that it has smaller sibling NX to take care of the compact SUV market, the best-selling model in Lexus’ 26-year history 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.

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Chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda said that his team aimed for better ride and handling, as well as more power and fuel efficiency for its SUV. The challenge was to build a breakthrough RX, yet one that’s true to the RX lineage. See videos of the CE and chief designer explaining their creation here.

The new RX went on sale late last month in Japan. Two variants are available there, the RX 450h hybrid and the RX 200t, which replaces the old RX 270. The latter uses a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that was first seen in the NX last year, and now available in the IS sedan, facelifted GS sedan and RC coupe.

The direct-injection 8AR-FTS utilises a twin-scroll turbocharger and Dual VVT-iW (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) for maximum torque at low revs. In the NX, it does 235 hp at 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm. The motor is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

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The RX 450h’s hybrid system combines a 3.5 litre V6 engine (now with D-4S direct injection) with an electric motor. Thanks to advances such as cylinder heads with enhanced exhaust gas cooling, the hybrid RX boasts fuel economy of 18.8 km/l in the local JC08 test cycle, which is the best in class, Lexus claims.

Both the 200t and 450h can be had in FWD and AWD forms, and an F Sport package with Adaptive Variable Suspension and more aggressive styling is available. The RX 450h F Sport adds on an electric active stabiliser system to reduce roll.

These two powertrains could be bound for our market – the 200t for volume and the 450h as a flagship showcase of hybrid tech. In between those two could be an RX 350 powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5 litre V6 engine. Expect F Sport variants, too. In any case, we’ll know soon enough.

Lexus RX at GIIAS 2015