Lexus had recently reveal their 2010 RX350 at the Los Angeles autoshow.The vehicle that pioneered the car -based luxury utility vehicle segment when it launched in 1998, is
completely redesigned and will continue to set new benchmarks in areas that have made
it the best-selling luxury utility vehicle: innovation, styling, performance, utility
The 2010 RX-350 is fitted with an upgraded 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine that develops
204 kW / 275HP and is mated to an electronically controlled, sequential-shift, six-speed
transmission which replaces the five-speed automatic of the previous model.
The all-wheel-drive version will feature an Active Torque Control AWD system that optimizes torque depending on driving conditions, resulting in improved efficiency and performance.
In the safety front, Lexus has thrown Campbell’s alphabet soup surplus into the new RX,
with the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system orchestrating the ABS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) systems. The RX also features Hill-Start Assist Control to prevent rolling on an incline and works both in Drive and Reverse. Adaptive front lighting is also available, along with the
Pre-Collision System (PCS) equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that tightens
the front seat belts and pre-loads the Brake Assist if the system detects the CUV
bearing down on the vehicle it’s pursuing.
Fuel consumption weren’t released, but we assume the RX 350 will match the Venza’s
above-average 19/26 mpg city/highway for front-wheel-drive models and 18/25 mpg city/highway for all-wheel drive.
The 2010 RX 350 will hit showrooms in February, while the hybrid will be available come spring.