Lexus has whipped the covers of the brand-new RX, with the Japanese automaker saying the fifth generation has undergone a “complete” renewal. 

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The most notable exterior revisions come in the shape of a three-dimensional version of Lexus’ signature spindle grille. The body hue has been brought down to the lower edge of the Lexus emblem to “emphasise” the “strength” of the design. ‘Round back, the new RX’s combination lamps feature an L-shaped horizontal signature. 

The interior is characterised by a new design. The cabin takes a more human-centric approach. Lexus says the steering wheel’s switches are “highly integrated” with the head-up display to create a space where the driver can concentrate on the road ahead. 

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Interior features include a touchscreen infotainment system (9.8- and 14-inch units are available). The company says its designers have paid close attention to the size and layout of the switchgear to ensure “optimum” placement for “intuitive” operation. 

In terms of safety, the new-generation RX adopts the firm’s ‘Proactive Driving Assist’ (PDA) set-up. This system anticipated risks according to the driving situation. Optional features include pre-collision safety, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert. 

The RX range includes the RX450h+, which employs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain, the RX350h, which is equipped with a 2.5-litre hybrid set-up, and the RX350, which is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The 2.5-litre PHEV model and 2.4-litre turbo variant feature an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. The 2.5-litre hybrid is available with all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. 

Lexus South Africa plans to introduce the new RX to SA early in 2023. Local pricing and specification will be revealed closer to the launch.