ALL NEWS > LEXUS > RX > 21st May 2012 - New Lexus RX450h – sharper style, F Sport upgrade
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The new Lexus RX 450h full hybrid luxury SUV has received a makeover including sharper looks, higher equipment specifications and a new F Sport model to increase its appeal across the board, the Japanese carmaker announced.

The new Lexus RX 450h styling changes are led by the spindle-shaped grille that is a new trademark element in new Lexus design. It will also be seen on the soon-to-be-launched new GS saloon and the LF-LC concept coupe.

The effect is to give RX 450h a much stronger and individual street presence, a character that is even more pronounced in the new F Sport model, Lexus said. The model will also have redesigned tail lamps at the rear.

The new Lexus RX 450h cabin will also see slight tweaks made to its trim details and the shape and functionality of some of the controls. This will include a new steering wheel, incorporating a new selector switch for the hybrid system’s drive modes. In addition, the operation of the Remote Touch controller has been revised to work more like a computer mouse.

Lexus has also increased the opening angle of the centre console box lid to make it easier to reach items inside.

The new Lexus RX 450h has also adopted a whole new sporty persona with the introduction of an F Sport version to the RX range for the first time.

The F Sport will display a deeper, more vertical front bumper and a dedicated mesh treatment for the upper and lower grilles, which together make the new spindle grille shape an even stronger feature.

There are also dark-finish 19-inch alloy wheels and F Sport badging on the exterior, while in the cabin the model’s distinctly sporting character is reflected in aluminium-effect sports pedals and trim inserts, F Sport smooth leather upholstery and scuff plates with the Lexus logo in black. There is also a black roof lining and a bespoke steering wheel with a stitched leather trim.

Other equipment features include a head-up display, and LED headlights with the I-AFSadaptive system that angles the light beam in line with the vehicle turning angle through bends and at junctions.

Three new exterior colours have been added to the range including Satin Silver, Burgundy Red and Atlantic Blue, available for all versions, including the new F Sport.

On sale now, prices for the new Lexus RX 450h start at £44,495 for the RX 450h SE.