Lexus RX SUV launched at ₹95.80 lakh, boasts of connected technology

The fifth-generation Lexus RX SUV, first showcased at Auto Expo 2023 in January, was officially launched on Wednesday at Rs 95.80 lakh (ex-showroom) in the Indian auto market. Offered in two powertrains: the RX350h Luxury Hybrid and the RX500h F-Sport+, the Lexus RX is a significant increase over the previous model in multiple ways.

The Lexus RX became available in two variants with the top-end Panasonic RX priced at Rs 1.18 crore (ex-showroom). Bookings for the model have been opened in advance, and Lexus claims it has received a very strong response.

What may help the latest Lexus RX strike a depper chord than ever is the fact that it now boasts of Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, Direct4 Drive Force technology, HEV system and the powerful Performance Turbo Hybrid. The focus is on the driver's seat and has been designed to encourage a deeper connection between the car and driver, building on the Tazuna concept. The driver has better control of the vehicle.

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On the powertrain front, the Lexus RX 350h Hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a hybrid transmission and an E-Four rear electric motor. It is capable of producing 247 horsepower which is paired with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The Lexus RX 500h F-Sport Performance gets the brand's first hybrid electric system that combines a high-torque 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with an electronically controlled rear-axle unit. Said to be the most powerful RX with 366hp and 460Nm of torque on offer. The model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. The 500-hp F-Sport model also visually features an F-Sport performance badge and a piano-black front bumper, among other things.

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