Lexus Philippines has officially unveiled the refreshed Lexus RX midsize luxury crossover SUV. The brand’s best-selling model brings enhanced exterior and interior looks, better handling, as well as improved connectivity features. For the first time ever, the Lexus RX is now available as a three-row seven-seater SUV.
Lexus has been dominating the SUV segment in the Philippines, consistently holding the highest market share since 2015. In fact, Lexus closed the first half of the year at the top, with a share of 28%. Moreover, the RX remains the best-selling model in the brand’s line-up, being not just the most popular luxury SUV, but also the most successful vehicle based on historical sales. As of June 2019, the RX has 1,413 thousand units sold since it was first introduced locally in 2009.
The refreshed Lexus RX sports an exterior that retains its powerful and sporty appearance. The revised front fascia consists of a new grille, slimmer LED headlights, faux side vent treatment, while the revised character line that runs from the front of the vehicle to the rear gives the RX’s overall appearance a sleeker, slender look. The result is an elegant, dynamic exterior that emphasizes Lexus’ new design language.
Lexus designers have also revised the interior, giving it improved materials and even nicer build quality. The new RX is also the first Lexus to debut the newest version of its Remote Touch infotainment system, which now combines the touchpad controller and a touch screen for better functionality, which now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Meanwhile, the Lexus RX L has an added third row, thanks to the RX L having a 110 mm longer wheelbase. For convenience, the third-row seats are power-folding.
Also new for this year is the addition of a hands-free power tailgate, in which a wave of the foot under the trunk while having the key fob in your possession will automatically open the liftgate.
Following the path of LC and LS flagship coupe and sedan, the engineers utilized a technique called Laser Screw Welding (LSW) and spot welding throughout the vehicle, along with the increased use of high-strength adhesives. This has improved the RX’s steering response. Meanwhile, Active Cornering Assist (ACA) suppressed understeer when stepping on the throttle mid-corner, as well as dramatic improvements in the tuning of the EPS, all of which result in a truly linear steering feel, allowing the RX to accurately trace the desired driving line in all types of conditions.
Powertrain options remain the same for the Lexus RX, as it still uses the same 2GR-FKS 3.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol V6 engine with D-4S direct and port injection as well as on-demand Atkinson cycle. This engine produces 296 hp and 370 Nm of torque, sending power to the front wheels or all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the RX 450h uses a 2GR-FXS 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electric motor mounted at the front and rear axle, with a combined output of 308 hp and 335 Nm of torque. Power is sent through all four wheels via an e-CVT.
The refreshed Lexus RX is now on sale at Lexus Manila with the following prices:
RX 350: P4,278,000
RX 350 L: P4,758,000
RX 350 F Sport: P4,838,000
RX 450h: P5,078,000