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The all-new Lexus RX arrives and is hybrid only

Prices for the latest generation start at P5.058 million

The fifth-generation RX goes all hybrid for our market. PHOTO FROM LEXUS

The fifth-generation Lexus RX finally lands on our shores, as Lexus Philippines shows off the SUV at Lexus Mitsukoshi in BGC as part of its 14th-anniversary celebrations.

The RX was considered to be a groundbreaking model at the time of its introduction as it was the first-ever luxury hybrid SUV. Fast-forward to today, and its latest iteration offers a plethora of hybrid drivetrain options. Most of which the Philippine market will be getting as the RX lineup goes hybrid-only for 2023 onward.

Our market will be receiving three model grades: RX350h ExecutiveRX350h Premier, and RX500h F Sport.

The latest RX features potent hybrid drivetrains, both with AWD as standard. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

The lineup ditches the V6 in favor of electrified four-bangers. The 350h features a hybrid system mated to a 2.5-liter in-line-four for 246hp and 315Nm, and utilizes the E-Four all-wheel-drive system.

Meanwhile, the 500h F Sport has a hybrid system mated to a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with 367hp and 550Nm. It benefits from a rear-mounted electric motor package called eAxle, allowing for a sports car-like 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds.

Looking for the most punch? Get the RX500h F Sport. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

Other highlights for the RX include Adaptive Variable Suspension (350h Premier and 500h F Sport) for a more comfortable and improved driving experience, and the ability to choose between damping modes should you want to change up the car’s handling characteristics, and rear-wheel steering for the Direct4-equipped 500h F Sport to aid with agility and stability.

All of this is further enhanced by the RX’s new GA-K underpinnings, which benefit from increased rigidity, weight reduction (by 90kg), and improved handling and ride comfort.

The Spindle Body design translates well on the brand's midsize crossover. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

Apart from the new coupe-like Spindle Body design similar to the one found on the RZ450e, the car features new triple-LED headlights, a full-width taillight bar, and new 21-inch alloy wheels.

The interior also has a redesigned, driver-focused layout designed around the concept of Tazuna, with a larger infotainment screen, digital gauges, and a heads-up display.

The seats also feature a new design for more space, and the Executive variant comes with vegan leather upholstery. Plus, the rear seats can fold down in a 40:20:40 split to carry the longest of items if the rear cargo space is not sufficient enough.

Customers are treated to the latest tech and a wider, more comfortable cabin. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

Finally, it comes with the latest generation of the Lexus Safety Sytem+, which boasts an improved detection range of objects for the pre-collision system, an adaptive cruise control that can recognize traffic that cuts in front of the vehicle, and a Lane Trace Assist that now follows a more natural line through corners.

Here are the prices of the three variants:

  • RX 350h Executive – P5,058,000
  • RX 350h Premier – P6,188,000
  • RX 500h F Sport – P6,668,000

You can now reserve a unit at Lexus Manila.

Sam Surla

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