Lexus RX450h updated

21 May, 2012 12:20pm Damion Smy

Updated Lexus RX gets more equipment and a new F Sport model

The Lexus RX has been updated for 2012, with a new look, fresh trim options and a performance flagship.

The facelift sees the RX get a sharper front end, with Lexus’ familiar spindle grille and LED daytime running lights, fitted as standard across the range.

In addition to the styling changes, the entry-level RX 450h SE now has perforated leather upholstery.

The Luxury trim level adds 19-inch alloy wheels and an upgraded audio system, with DAB and a DVD player. The flagship RX 450h Premier gets a head-up display and sunroof as standard.

For the first time, an F Sport model joins the range. It has a sportier front bumper, plus mesh upper and lower grilles with adaptive LED headlamps. A set of dark-finish 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted, while inside, the F Sport comes with a head-up display, leather upholstery, a unique sports steering wheel, sports pedals and black rooflining.

The F Sport also uses a new Lateral Damper System, first seen on the 
CT 200h hatch, which reduces body flex and vibrations.

Also standard across the range is a selectable Sport mode, which can be chosen via steering wheel-mounted buttons. It offers better throttle response and a less intrusive ESP setting.

The price for the entry-level RX 450h remains at £44,495, while Luxury starts at £48,495, the new F Sport £51,995 and the flagship Premier £55,495. The RX450h is on sale now.


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