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The 2020 Lexus RX300. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Blending luxury and performance, it is no surprise that the new 2020 Lexus RX is one of the best-selling SUVs around.

The Bruneian recently had the chance to take the powerful SUV for a spin around town and learned more about its craftsmanship and driving dynamics.

Rugged exterior, comfortable interior

The luxury vehicle comes in two variants – the RX300 and the RX350 F Sport.

Both carry a powerful and sporty appearance, making it hard to miss on the road and definitely turns heads wherever it goes.

The RX350 F Sport. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The improved swift and sharp character lines from the front to the rear not only give it an attractive overall appearance but additionally promotes driving flow and consistency.

This experience is further elevated when you switch to sports mode, making it a beast on the roads while maintaining sophistication and safety for its passengers.

The headlights feature a series of L motifs. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Both models sport the signature Lexus grille, however, the RX350 F Sport carries a grille with a mesh pattern of radiating “L” shapes that forms a design link.

Slimmer headlights can be seen on the vehicles, featuring a series of L motifs.

Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The RX300 is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels while the RX350 F Sport has 20-inch aluminum wheels.

When it comes to the interior, the cutting-edge craftsmanship is impeccable from the steering wheel to the dashboard, the hand-stitched designs are truly a unique touch from Lexus.

The Lexus interior features impeccable craftsmanship with hand-stitched designs. Image: Rafidah Hamit

Both models fit five passengers on comfortably padded seats that are electrically adjustable in the front.

Rear passengers will have more than enough legroom and headroom is perfect for tall individuals.

The RX300 comes with an 8-inch infotainment system while the RX350 F Sport comes with a slightly large 12-inch system and both are easily accessible from the front seats.

Users can access the infotainment system through the Lexus touchpad. Image: Rafidah Hamit

Equipped with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto so you can jam to your favourite playlist!

Quiet but dynamic performance

The RX300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter direct interjection turbocharged engine, promising a thrilling driving performance and excellent fuel economy.

The RX350 F Sport on the other hand, is equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine that generates exhilarating driving performance balanced with fuel efficiency.

Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Whilst these models offer a dynamic performance on the road, users can enjoy a peaceful ride at the same time, no matter what drive mode they prefer from Normal, Eco, Sports S to Sports S+.

Even on bumpy roads, the drive is still immaculate due to the enhancements of the suspension system that’s redesigned with a new shock absorber and brake control system.

The result is a vehicle with superior handling, feel and precision combined with an elegant, exciting drive whenever and wherever you go.

Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The RX300 comes in various colours such as Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Black, Graphite Black Glass Flake, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Amber Crystal Shine, Ice Ecru Mica Metallic, Terrane Khaki Mica Metallic, Deep Blue Mica.

Meanwhile, White Nova Glass Flake and Heat Blue Contrast Layering are exclusively for the RX350 F Sport model.

Image: Courtesy of Lexus Brunei

Safety aspects
Apart from performance, Lexus emphasises the importance of safety for its customers with innovative active safety systems designed to help support safe, reliable and stress-free driving.

The system is accompanied by advanced passive occupant protection measures, deepening the user’s peace of mind and driving pleasure.

The two models additionally have a Blind Spot Monitor System where the quasi-millimeter-wave-radars in the rear bumper detects vehicles in the next lane that are not visible in the door mirrors.

The system will then activate an LED warning indicator in the relevant door mirror the moment a vehicle enters this blind spot.

Lexus emphasises the importance of safety for its customers. Image: Rafidah Hamit

The RX models are equipped with ten Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags – dual airbags are located in the front including a knee airbag.

The SRS cushion airbag for front passengers will support seatbelt restraint by lifting the front edge of the seat cushion during a frontal collision.

SRS side airbags can also be found at the front and outboard second-row seats as well as SRS curtain shield bags for the front and rear door windows.

Users of the RX350 F Sport will additionally have a panoramic view monitor that displays a bird-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings that may be difficult to see from the driver’s seat.

Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

With a sophisticated design, promising powerful and elegant drive along with impressive safety features, the 2020 RX model is not just a brand, but truly a lifestyle.

Feel the drive yourself and visit the Lexus showroom to book a test drive today!

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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