Al-Futtaim Lexus has launched the new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover - in both petrol and Hybrid Electric options - with prices for the 2020 model starting from Dh230,000.
Introduced more than two decades ago in 1988, the new RX gets a number of updates including new looks, more technology and more safety systems. The exterior retains its sporty appearance but now has a more pronounced character line (similar to that of the LC Coupe and LS saloon) while the updated front and rear fascias look sharper and more aggressive.
The tailgate can now be operated via an optional kick sensor to open and close faster while in the cabin, captain’s seats can be had for the second row. It comes standard with the latest smartphone vehicle integrations and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not to mention a standard 12.3in touchscreen dashboard display.
The RX350 gets a 296-horsepower, 3.5-litre V6 while the RX450h hybrid has the same motor but the addition of two electric motors making a combined 308 horsepower. The hybrid provides an estimated 62.5 per cent more fuel efficiency and produces 31 per cent fewer emissions compared to its petrol engine counterpart.
Changes have also been made to the chassis; both the front and rear stabilizer bars are now hollow to reduce weight, yet their thicker diameters and reinforced bushings help reduce body roll and improve steering response. The shock absorbers have been re-tuned to work with the stiffer roll bars, while upgraded dampers feature a new friction control device that helps to control high-frequency vibrations for a smoother ride. What’s more, the new RX is equipped with the world’s first BladeScan Type AHS and the latest generation of Lexus Safety System + while the new F SPORT package also includes cold air intake, active sound control and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
Mohammed Maktari, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Lexus, said, “With the latest updates, the RX is truly in a class of its own. The new model features a range of interior and exterior enhancements build on the iconic luxury crossover’s appeal that contributes to the reinvigorated design and comfort of its driver and passengers. With the 2020 RX, Lexus has improved the tried and tested hybrid electric system and the new RX 450h and RX 450hL continue to serve as a powerful reminder of the brand’s hybrid leadership. The Hybrid Electric variants also further reinforce our commitment to the UAE Governments 2021 vision and provide an appealing option to individuals and families looking to reduce their carbon footprint.”
The 2020 RX is available now across all Al-Futtaim Lexus showrooms in the UAE.