Lexus has introduced a number of new or improved features on its RX SUV, with a particular emphasis on infotainment systems. Safety, especially for cyclists and pedestrians, is another big winner.

Lexus RX 300 Luxury now features a 12.3-inch screen (up from 8.0 inches), new touch-display and touchpad-type Lexus Remote Touch functionality, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and an additional four USB ports (now six).

Standard Lexus Safety System+ gains night-time pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection for the pre-collision safety system and autonomous emergency braking.

Its all-speed active cruise control is now linked with new lane-trace assist and road-sign assist.

A new parking support brake system uses intelligent clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic sensors to avoid or mitigate collisions that commonly occur during parking manoeuvres.

In addition to an audible warning, the system can reduce drive force and apply the brakes to reduce the possibility of contact with static objects in the direction of travel, or static objects and moving vehicles when reversing.

Lexus has also fitted a hands-free kick sensor for the standard power-operated tailgate. As well as adding the extra safety of front cornering lamps.

These features have been standardised across RX 300, RX 350 and RX 450h variants each available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades, and the seven-seat RX 350L and RX 450hL variants available in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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