New 2021 Lexus RX Premium Sport Edition launched

Lexus’ new Premium Sport Edition trim-level makes a few changes to the RX’s styling and adds extra standard kit inside

The new Lexus RX Premium Sport Edition is a special-edition version of the Japanese brand’s flagship SUV, featuring a handful of styling tweaks and some more standard equipment. 

Like the standard Lexus RX, the Premium Sport Edition is available in a choice of two wheelbases and three seating layouts. Prices for the cheapest five-seat short-wheelbase model start from £57,165.

Above that, there are two long-wheelbase RX L variants, one with seven seats and one with six. Prices for the former start from £57,855, while the latter (which features two individual seats in place of the rear bench) is priced from £59,105.

Styling changes over the standard Lexus RX include black 20-inch alloy wheels, a new black front splitter and black replacements for the car’s radiator grille and door mirror caps.

Inside, the seats are trimmed in a blend of black and white leather, and the dashboard features black open-pore walnut inserts. The same wood trim is used for the steering wheel, and the door cards also have built-in ambient lights.

There’s a bit more technology on board, too, including heated front and rear seats, a head-up display and a panoramic sunroof for the five-seat model.

Lexus’ RX Premium Pack also comes as standard, and adds a heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable seats with a memory function, a power-operated tailgate and a pair of auto-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors. 

The specification is rounded off by a full complement of driver-assistance technology, which includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and a rear cross-traffic-alert system with an auto-brake function.

Like the standard model, there’s only one hybrid powertrain available. It’s badged the RX 450h, and it’s a 3.5-litre V6 that’s linked to an electric motor and a compact battery pack. 

The system develops a combined output of 309bhp and 335Nm of torque, which is enough to give the five-seat model a 0–62mph time of 7.7 seconds. More importantly, Lexus says the engine will deliver up to 35.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.

Now click here to read about another one of Lexus’s special-edition models – the LC Black Inspiration…

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