The next generation: Test driving the Lexus RX Hybrid range


The next generation: Test driving the Lexus RX Hybrid range
Auto writer Sam Paardekooper finds out how the new Lexus RX Hybrid range pushes the boundaries of what is possible in motoring.

The new fifth-generation Lexus RX models are stunning in every detail from their stylish look to their performance, comfort and efficiency. Cruising along the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the performance-oriented RX 500h F SPORT Performance felt like a dream. As the road curved the mountain ranges, the Lexus Driving Signature system, which has been designed exclusively by Lexus to optimise the dynamic potential of electrified powertrains, instantly balanced the drive torque, giving maximum traction. As well as performance and handling, the system also contributes to greater ride comfort, particularly for rear seat passengers.
four new models

There are four models to choose from within the new range: the RX 350h (2.4-litre, Limited and Limited Enhancement) or the performance-oriented RX 500h F SPORT Performance. The Hybrid RX line-up is the next step in the Lexus Electrified vision, a roadmap for electrification and the journey to carbon neutrality.

Lexus has created a range of luxury midsize SUVs that look elegant both inside and out.

Throughout the RX, there are captivating design choices, a Lexus signature, making the vehicle both aesthetically stunning and functional. It exudes a seductive yet strong presence, and the signature spindle body design offers excellent airflow to keep the vehicle cool.

Intuitive control

The style continues inside with the adoption of the Tazuna cockpit after its successes in the NX model. Taking its name from the Japanese word for ‘rein of horse’, Tazuna focuses on direct yet intuitive control. In the cockpit, information sources like the multimedia screen, multi-information display, single-dial meter, and centralised gauges are grouped so their content can be read with minimal eye and head movement. This layout, plus steering wheel controls means you can control almost everything with your hands still on the wheel and don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

The full RX range comes with all the latest Lexus Safety System+, with expanded functions for better protection. Features include a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert and All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
comfort and handling

The new Lexus electrified RX model has taken what Lexus is known for to the next level, luxury comfort with superior handling for great highway ride quality and its quiet cockpit. With the efficient, newly updated electrified powertrains, the responsiveness gives the driver immediate confidence in knowing how the engine and car will respond, every time, even on the majestic, yet sometimes daunting, Queenstown roads.

To book a test drive or to order your Lexus RX, please contact your Lexus Dealership or visit

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