The existing range of Lexus premium SUV models has been primed for 2019 with new equipment grades and revised specifications. This post concentrates on changes applied to the full-size RX self-charging hybrid, while a subsequent post will detail changes applied to the mid-size NX model.
2019 Lexus RX: overview
For the 2019 model year, the RX adopts our new, more focused grade structure: RX, F Sport and Takumi. Base and mid-grade models are supported by generous option packs that allow additional options to be easily added.
With the rationalisation of the range for 2019, Lexus has taken the opportunity to enhance equipment specifications and options at each level, reinforcing the RX’s position as our flagship SUV. Just one example of this is the inclusion of Lexus Safety System+ across the entire range.
The RX retains the same smooth, refined and highly efficient self-charging Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, featuring a 3.5-litre direct injection V6 petrol engine and two compact yet powerful electric motors – one for the front axle and a second on the rear axle to equip the SUV with E-Four all-wheel drive capability.
Full system output is 308bhp, giving the RX 0-62mph acceleration in 7.7 seconds. Combined cycle fuel economy (WLTP data) is from 35.15 to 37.39mpg, with CO2 emissions from 132g/km (NEDC correlated figure).
The seven-seat RX L also adopts the new grade names, with SE, Luxury and Premier now replaced by RX L and Takumi.
2019 Lexus RX: prices
|MODEL / GRADE||PRICE|
|RX F Sport||£55,200|
2019 Lexus RX: specifications
|GRADE||CORE EQUIPMENT FEATURES|
|RX||Lexus Safety System+, Drive Mode Select – 4 modes, speed-sensitive electric power steering, eight-inch Lexus Media Display with nine-speaker audio and remote dial control, Lexus Navigation, twin USB sockets, aux socket, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, smart entry and start, intelligent parking assist sensors, adjustable turn indicator flash sequence, LED interior lighting, leather steering wheel, three 12v accessory sockets, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, eight-way front seat adjustment, auto-folding and heated door mirrors, rear privacy glass, LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, LED front fog lights, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels|
|F Sport||Additional features to base RX: Adaptive Variable Suspension, sport steering, F Sport tuned suspension, Drive Mode Select – 5 modes, Active Sound Control, 12.3-inch Lexus Navigation with 12-speaker audio, reversing camera, Climate Concierge, wireless smartphone charger, F Sport instrument panel and door illumination, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated F Sport steering wheel, rear door sunshades, F Sport leather upholstery, memory function for driver’s seat/steering wheel/door mirrors, drilled aluminium pedals, aluminium-finish trim, black door mirror casings, LED low-speed cornering front fog lights, F Sport spindle grille, F Sport bumpers, integrated roof rails, 20-inch F Sport multi-spoke alloy wheels|
|Takumi||Additional features to base RX / RX L: Adaptive High-beam System, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Drive Mode Select – 5 modes, colour head-up display, 12.3-inch Lexus Navigation with 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio, reversing camera, Climate Concierge, wireless smartphone charger, 360-degree panoramic view monitor, LED illuminated scuff plates and doors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated wooden steering wheel, rear door sunshades, analogue clock with GPS, card key, semi-aniline leather upholstery, ten-way front seat adjustment, memory function for driver and front passenger seats/steering wheel/door mirrors, heated and power folding rear seats, etched dark wood trim panels, power tailgate with no-touch sensor, LED low-speed cornering front fog lights, integrated roof rails, sunroof, opening panoramic roof, 20-inch alloy wheels with optional colour inserts|
2019 Lexus RX: option packs
|OPTION PACK||ON-THE-ROAD PRICE||DETAILS|
|Sport||£800||n/a||20-inch black alloy wheels, black spindle grille, black door mirror covers|
|Premium||£3,000||n/a||20-inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch Lexus Navigation, triple-eye LED headlamps, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated steering wheel, power tailgate, wireless smartphone charger|
|Tech & Safety||£2,400||£2,400||In addition to Premium pack: head-up display, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Intelligent Clearance Sonar and automatic braking, auto folding and dimming door mirrors, power tailgate with no-touch sensor, panoramic roof|
|Takumi||n/a||£5,500||In addition to Tech & Safety pack: power-folding rear seats, heated rear seats, Mark Levinson audio system, 360-degree panoramic view camera, card key, panoramic roof|
NB: Please note that the Tech & Safety pack can only be ordered in conjunction with the Premium pack on the base RX model.
Another cause for celebration…
The Lexus RX heads into the New Year with another honour to its name – judged Best Large Hybrid Car in the inaugural DrivingElectric Awards.
Vicky Parrot, associate editor of the new DrivingElectric consumer news and reviews website, commented: “The RX is an attractive option with eye-catching looks, luxury and refinement, and will appeal to buyers who want a car that’s more eco-friendly than a diesel SUV.”