Lexus Manila launched on November 12 the new-generation RX crossover and the face-lifted LX full-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) at its showroom in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, a move that will help the brand establish a stronger foothold in the country.
The RX, one of Lexus’ best-sellers in the Philippines, rides on a completely new platform and borrows many of its styling cues from the smaller NX crossover.
The aggressive front-end features the company’s signature “spindle” grill and trapezoidal headlights, with the triangular fog light assembly chiseling through to the bottom of the front bumper. Along the side, the steeply-raked windshield, the high beltline and the blacked-out D-pillar give the RX a sleeker look compared to the previous model. At the rear, L-shaped LED taillights blend into the RX’s pronounced tailgate extensions. All three variants come with their own set of 20-inch wheels.
The range starts with the P4.038-million, front-wheel-drive RX350 Premier, which comes with a leather interior, auto-dimming exterior and interior mirrors with memory function, a six-way electric driver’s seat with memory function, an electrically adjustable steering column, a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a push-start button, an electric parking brake and a nine-speaker sound system.
RX350 at almost P5 million
Next is the P4.938-million, all-wheel drive RX350 F Sport, which adds a subtle body kit, a black-mesh grill, LED headlights, cornering fog lights, roof rails and an electric moonroof. Stepping inside, the driver is greeted by a full-LCD gauge cluster, aluminum trim (replacing the gloss-black trim in the Premier) and other F Sport-exclusive touches, such as front sport seats, a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, a perforated shift knob and aluminum pedals. It also comes with electric adjustment for the split-folding rear seat, an electrically operated tailgate and an 11-speaker sound system with a subwoofer.
The F Sport is also the only model that comes with the Adaptive Variable Suspension system, which has a stiffer Sport setting that works in conjunction with the Active Stabilizer System that helps suppress body roll. It also comes standard with a sound generator (optional on the other two variants), which the company said tunes the engine to produce “pleasant” noises during acceleration in the mid-to-high engine speed range.
All-new 3.5-liter V6
Speaking of the engine, both the Premier and the F Sport are powered by a new, 3.5-liter, twin-cam, 24-valve, Dual-VVT-i V6 petrol powerplant, which produces 292 horsepower and 360 Newton-meters of torque. Both variants come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a sequential-shift mode.
Topping off the RX range is the P5.978-million RX450h, which comes with part-time all-wheel-drive. This model’s hybrid powerplant combines the 3.5-liter petrol engine with electric motors mounted to the front and rear axle, producing a combined output of 308 hp and 335 Nm of torque. This is all coursed through a continuously variable transmission.
Equipped similarly to the F Sport, the hybrid RX adds wood trim, a 10-way electric driver’s seat with memory function and the Touchless Power Back Door, which the company said opens the rear tailgate by hovering your hand near the Lexus emblem.
All RXs come standard with front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, rain-sensing wipers and an alarm. Standard safety equipment include Vehicle Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags, front- and rear-seat side airbags, curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and a front-passenger cushion airbag.
More than just a fancier Land Cruiser
Meanwhile, the face-lifted LX570, worth P7.648 million, also integrates the “spindle” grill, new LED headlights, revised cornering foglights and a simple body kit, looking much different from its recently face-lifted sibling, the Toyota Land Cruiser, which was launched in October this year. Although the doors from the 2015 model remain, the rear is further distinguished from its nearly half-priced sibling (and the previous model) with L-shaped LED taillights and a restyled, split-rear tailgate.
More substantial changes were done to the interior, with a new steering wheel and dashboard that integrates a 12.3-inch, touch-screen infotainment display, which can be split into two different screens and can be controlled by the Remote Touch Knob controller next to the gearknob. The new center console also includes controls for the “Climate Conciege” that manages the LX’s four-zone climate control and the ventilated first- and second-row seats. At the back, the LX can be ordered with a Rear Seat Entertainment System that now comes with two, 11.6-inch screens mounted on the front seats (up from the seven-inch screens in the previous model).
The LX570 is still powered by a 5.7-liter, twin-cam, 32-valve, Dual-VVT-i V8 petrol engine that produces 362 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque, running through a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with sequential-shift mode and a Torsen locking center differential. It also comes with height-adjustable air suspension integrated with the Adaptive Variable Suspension system and the CRAWL off-road cruise control.
The LX also comes with on-road cruise control, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree, off-road camera system, rain-sensing wipers and front, side, curtain and knee airbags. Interior luxuries include an electrically adjustable steering column, paddle shifters, auto-dimming mirrors, rear window sunshades, a cool box in the center console and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.