Lexus RX Launches With Full Slate Of Hybrid Performance Tech

Four all new variants of Lexus’ ever-popular RX SUV are set to debut on Kiwi roads, all boasting new turbo hybrid electric powertrains.

Nov 23, 2022

The fifth generation RX has undergone a complete revision, adopting next-generation Lexus design cues, a new interior and world first Bladescan adaptive high-beam headlights.

The new-look range is now headed by the RX 500h F Sport Performance grade featuring a hybrid system producing 273kW of power and new Direct4 all-wheel drive system.

The fifth generation Lexus RX has undergone a complete renewal that adopts the next-generation Lexus design, an evolved performance through the Lexus Driving Signature and a new cockpit design based on the Tazuna concept that refines the human-centred philosophy present in Lexus’ vehicles.

Arriving in New Zealand in early 2023, the new RX will be available here only in electrified hybrid variants. The RX 350h will have a 2.5L petrol hybrid powertrain, E-Four all-wheel drive system and will be available in three specification levels; RX 350h, Limited and Limited with an Enhancement Pack.

In a game-changing move from Lexus, the new RX 500h F SPORT Performance combines a turbo-charged 2.4L engine, six-speed automatic transmission, DIRECT4 AWD system, and an upgraded hybrid system to produce 273kW of power.

Lexus says anyone contemplating an all-new 2023 RX SUV can expect enhanced efficiency and performance, with newly introduced turbo hybrid electric powertrains.

As a core model for Lexus in New Zealand, the RX contributes to the Japanese luxury brand’s reduction efforts to become a carbon-neutral society, while staying close to the increasingly diversified needs and lifestyles of customers.

Based on the electrification vision "Lexus Electrified" announced in 2019, Lexus has infused its fundamental performance technology with the electrification technologies in the Lexus RX to provide practical electrified vehicle solutions such as HEVs and PHEVs.

In the latest iteration of the RX, the so-called Lexus Driving Signature has evolved further through improvements to the vehicle's fundamentals, while maintaining the refined ride and high level of quietness that are the origins of the Lexus brand.

For the exterior design, Lexus takes on the challenge of creating a unique identity using the "spindle body", which provides ample cooling functionality with a powerful design style that now incorporates the body colour of the SUV.

While the RX 350h comprises a high degree of luxury and premium materials, the Limited and Limited Enhancement Pack variants add further features.

The Limited adds more than 20 variations including 21-inch dark metallic alloy wheels, world first Bladescan adaptive high-beam headlights – a technology which uses a rotating blade-shaped mirror for enhanced illumination from LED headlights, a Qi wireless device charger and adaptive variable suspension.

The Limited Enhancement Pack includes the Lexus TeamMate advanced drive function designed to partner with and assist the driver in safety and convenience while driving, advanced parking system, a digital rear view mirror, and a panoramic roof.

Apart from the performance upgrades, the RX 500h F SPORT Performance includes 20 further variations to the Limited including Dynamic Rear Steering, and F SPORT styling package.

The new Lexus RX range will be priced between $120,900 (RX 350h 2.5P HEV) and $142,900 (RX 500h 2.4PT 1MHEV F SPORT Performance) plus on-road costs.