2007 Lexus RX | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

This Lexus sports utility is rarely seen off road; it is perceived more as a boulevard toughie, which is something of a shame because it is more capable off road than its looks suggest. In January 2003, Lexus unveiled the second-generation model of its best-selling luxury SUV at the North American International Auto Show, featuring a sleeker new body style which has been carried over for years with slight revisions, but overall the profile remains the same.

The second-generation RX350 is distinguished from its predecessor by bold new looks, which combine the advanced elements of SUV styling with a sporting and dynamic image, together with a distinctive C-post rear pillar design. Lexus design cues can be easily identified in areas such as the headlights and front grille, modern, clear glass lamps front and rear, strong wheel arches and a rising window line. The tailgate design features an integral rear spoiler that aids aerodynamic efficiency and stability and helps keep the rear window clean. The rear lamp clusters combine clear lenses and the latest LED (light emitting diode) technology.

As well as the customary standards of Lexus comfort, ambience, practicality and luxury, the RX350 combines contemporary design with the highest quality materials and an even higher level of perceived quality. The interior design features ample accommodation, with plenty of storage places; a ‘segment-first’ Power Tailgate; and rear seats that are multi-adjustable, including a ‘flat-floor’ folding system. The dashboard architecture matches the front-end exterior design philosophy of the RX350, in being inspired by wing-like shapes. The main instrument cluster in front of the driver is housed in a distinctive ‘Optitron’ three pod unit with a central speedometer, flanked by tachometer and a multi-function display with fuel gauge, engine temperature and gearshift position read-outs.

The transversely-mounted high-performance 270bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine and full-time four-wheel drive system have been significantly revised to boost performance and refinement in the ’07 model. A slick five-speed automatic with Tiptronic ensures power goes to all four wheels. Standard safety features include anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, vehicle stability control, brake assist, dual front, side and driver’s side knee SRS airbags.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)141,000-169,000
Engine Size (litre)3.5
Power (bhp)270
Torque (Nm)341
Transmission5A

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