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The RX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV by Lexus since 1997. The RX has comprised multiple V6- and hybrid-powered (such as the RX 300, RX 330, RX RX 400h, and RX 450h), in either drive or front-wheel drive Three generations of the Lexus RX been produced to date. One of the crossovers, the RX series is designed to the functional characteristics of an SUV with and features of a luxury-type sedan. The RX has as the one of the best-selling luxury vehicle in the States.

The Lexus RX first in 1997 as a Lexus concept, several months later by of the production RX 300 models. In 2003, the generation RX debuted in the U.S. and the RX 330 went on sale shortly In 2004, the RX line added the first luxury-type hybrid, the RX and the RX 330 was upgraded to the RX 350 for model year Equivalent versions of the first and generation models were in Japan under the Toyota nameplate until 2008. The third generation RX 350/RX models premiered in late

As one of the first luxury SUVs on the the Lexus RX has inspired similar from rival marques. Its success as Lexus’ best-selling has been attributed to the strong reputation of Lexus and the RX line. The RX is the only Lexus vehicle to be outside of Japan, with American market RX 350s made at the Cambridge plant in The RX designation, coincidentally similar to the Mazda RX-7/RX-8 coupes and the Kia Rio hatchback in Canada, signifies its in the Lexus lineup next to the GX and LX SUVs.

In February 1997, debuted the Sport Luxury (SLV) concept, a prototype SUV, at the Chicago Auto This concept, which close to production, combined the of an SUV, wagon, and sedan. In the SLV concept appeared in first-generation form (codename SXU10 and for the front wheel drive and SXU15 and MCU15 for the four drive models) in December Two engines were available, the 5S-FE I4 which produced (104kW) JIS (102kW) and 191Nm and the 3.0L 1MZ-FE V6 which 219hp (163kW) JIS (161kW) and (224ft·lbf). Both engines be specified with either or all wheel drive. All models with an automatic transmission as The vehicle was partly based on the platform.

The Lexus RX 300 made its sales in America in March 1998 as a model following its premiere at the American International Auto that year. The only and drivetrain combination available was the 1MZ-FE V6 and either front or wheel drive. The RX 300 interior leather seats, wood a multi-level center console storage drawers, and individual and sliding rear seats. A lever mounted near the panel freed up floor for additional storage. On the exterior, the RX heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a low step-in entry and an overall drag coefficient of Cd A 240-watt, 7-speaker Pioneer system was standard, while a premium customized sound was available as an option. The Lexus RX was an hit, and sold over units in five years.

In the first-generation Harrier was a sales and many went to other hand drive markets in as grey imports. The Harrier largely unchanged until 2000, when the 2.2L engine was replaced by the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, producing (119kW) JIS (117kW) and 221Nm As before, the engine was offered either front wheel or four wheel drive. The in engine also meant a in model code, which was now for the front wheel drive and ACU15 for the four wheel version. A small facelift was performed on the Harrier.

In 2001, the RX a number of options, including a automotive navigation system, a and leather trimmed steering and tow hitch receiver. Cabin options were grouped new package offerings. In 2002, further introduced the limited RX 300 Edition, featuring perforated trim in the interior, honeycomb Coach badging on the exterior and and a set of Coach luggage. This was only offered for that A burgundy exterior color, Red Pearl, was only offered for year models.

In 2000, the Lexus RX went on in Europe and Asia for the first Distinguishing features for these of the RX 300 included a different rear cluster and larger wheels. The wheel drive version was not in either Europe or Asia.

In 2003, Lexus unveiled the model of its best-selling luxury-type SUV at the American International Auto featuring a newer, sleeker style with LED tailamps. In 2003, the second generation (codename ACU30 and MCU30 for the wheel drive models, and and MCU35 for the all wheel drive was launched in Japan. Chassis were shared with the SUVs. Mechanical specification was similar to the first-generation Harrier, the same engine and drivetrain available (2.4L and 3.0L V6 or without all wheel drive). The difference was a new 5-speed automatic with +/- shift replacing the item in the 3.0L V6, and the availability of air-suspension on the 3.0L V6 models.

The generation RX, called the RX 330 for the North and Middle Eastern markets, sales in March 2003. The American-market cars were built in Japan, with of the RX 330 started at Toyota’s Cambridge, Canada plant in September (some North American RX 350 models were still in Japan). The RX 330 was powered by a 3.3L V6, producing 230hp (172kW) SAE and and was available in either front or wheel drive. Height-adjustable was again an option on the four drive models (akin to system). The new model sported a coefficient of Cd 0.35.

The second-generation RX featured genuine Golden Eye Maple or Walnut wood a sliding multi-level center console, dual-zone climate tilt steering column, and airbags including a driver’s airbag. Available options an 210-watt, 11-speaker Mark premium sound system, GPS rear seat DVD entertainment with wireless headphones, and a multi-panel moonroof. A power door was standard.

The second generation Lexus RX was for European and Asian markets in 2003 (including Singapore, it succeeded the previously sold South Korea, and Taiwan), it continued to be an RX 300 and was made in Japan. specifications were more or identical to the 3.0L V6 Harrier, only the four wheel version available. Once air-suspension and Mark Levinson could be specified. In 2005, introduced the RX 330 Thundercloud Edition for the market, featuring a horizontal-slatted aluminum alloy wheels, and select options as standard.

of the second generation Lexus RX the success of the RX series for Lexus. In the RX series sold over units, making the Lexus RX the luxury vehicle in the United

RX 400h

See also Lexus RX

The Lexus RX 400h/Harrier Hybrid is the first hybrid SUV. The RX 400h features Lexus Drive, which combines a V6 and electric motors. This in performance akin to V8s with fuel economy and lower The RX 400h first premiered at the North American International Show in Detroit, and the equivalent Hybrid went on sale in on March 2005. The hybrid RX 400h went on sale in America in April 2005. and Asia also received the RX in 2006. The debut model was an drive version, and in 2006 a drive version was also The RX 400h features styling with the conventional gas-powered RX, metal interior trim in of wood, round foglights, and a grille. For 2007, additional signifiers were added to the doors and aft emblems to further the hybrid models. A combination trim package was also

RX 350

For 2007, the RX received a mid-cycle consisting of a new 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V6 of the older 3MZ-FE 3.3-liter V6 changing the vehicle’s name RX 330 to RX 350. The RX 350 also featured an Lexus Generation V DVD navigation with improved graphics, controlled destination inputs, and a new called bread crumbs. crumbs will enable to retrace their steps. The new system also featured dial systems and the ability to destinations by voice address driving.

For the 2008 model year, the RX a revised grille, chrome handles, and available new seven-spoke alloy wheels. A liquid finish, and Brandy Wine or Desert Sage Metallic new exterior choices. Black Eye Maple wood with interior was a new interior option. For the model year, there is a new Beach Edition, also on the SC 430, ES 350, and LS 600h L.

In 2008, the redesigned third RX premiered at the Greater Los Angeles Show, featuring hybrid and models. The latest hybrid of the RX, now renamed the RX 450h, and the standard which retained the RX 350 designation, introduced as 2010 model vehicles. A concept vehicle hinted at the design direction of the generation RX, the LF-Xh, was shown at auto shows a year It has also been announced when the sales for the new RX begin, the market Toyota Harrier be discontinued.

The 2010 RX 350 features an 3.5L 2GR-FE V6 engine produces 275hp (205kW),The RX 350 a six-speed automatic transmission sequential shift, and both are offered in either front or all drive. Fuel economy is at 18/25 city/highway for the FWD RX 350 and 18/24 for the AWD RX

The double-wishbone rear suspension replaces the previous MacPherson design for improved handling and cargo space, an optional Package adds a performance-tuned configuration. Exterior dimensions are and cargo room is increased by percent. The drag coefficient on the RX is now Cd 0.32.

For the interior, the RX 350 and RX 450h no features a touchscreen, instead a Remote Touch controller similar to a joystick or mouse. controller system operates an cursor on the hard disk (HDD)-based navigation system which uses organic LCD An optional heads-up display system uses high-intensity and can be read in direct sunlight. The generation RX also adds Technologies conversational speech recognition system, the first of its in the U.S. which can recognize speech commands. XM Satellite with real-time NavTraffic and updates is offered, along the options of a Mark Levinson Sound system and a dual-screen entertainment system.

Safety features include Front Headrests, Vehicle Integrated Management (VDIM) systems, Hill Assist Traction Control, and the available Pre-Collision System. New side-mounted for added driver visibility are an When activated, these display blind spot and angle views on the navigation The power-operated tailgate remains with the aft windshield wiper to a concealed location, and Dynamic Cruise Control is an option.

The generation Lexus RX 350 will its U.S. sales debut in 2009, with the RX 450h several months later. were expected to increase five percent over the model. Sales debuts for (RX 450h), Japan (RX 350 and RX 450h), (RX 350 and RX 450h), and other countries are in 2009.

RX 450h

See also RX Hybrid

The Lexus RX 450h’s V6 engine now runs on the Atkinson producing 245hp, and incorporates a powerful inverter for added bringing the total to 295hp. design also helps fuel economy in the RX 450h now returns 28/27 city/highway in FWD and 28/26 in the AWD version.

Two additional are added to the RX 450h’s Lexus Drive powertrain, an exhaust-heat system to reduce engine periods (optimizing engine times), and a cooled exhaust system to reduce fuel loss. Fuel efficiency, to manufacturer data, is increased by percent over the previous RX To visually differentiate the hybrid RX the RX 450h receives a unique with modified front blue-tined headlamps and tail optional LED headlights, hybrid and different wheels.

J.D. Power and Associates the Lexus RX the best entry SUV in its 2001, 2004, and 2005 Quality Surveys.

Winner Best Luxury Four Drive in 2004 — RX 330.

R. L. Polk Co. automotive research firm, gave the RX its Polk Automotive Loyalty in the Midsize Sport Utility category in 2005 for customer The RX series received this again for 2006.

The Lexus RX was most appealing luxury SUV by Power and Associates in 1998 and

Intellichoice named the Lexus RX the Overall Value in the SUV market $30,000 in 2003, 2004, and

Australia’s Best Cars named the Lexus RX as Australia’s Luxury Four Wheel in 2003 and 2004.

Kelley Book gave the RX its Best to Value Award in 1999, and 2001.

Money magazine the RX 300 the Best Deal on the Road in the SUV in 1999.

The RX 300 was Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 1999.

The RX came 3rd in the Top Gear Satisfaction 2005, beaten only by the IS, and the Honda S2000.

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