Lexus RX Reaches Third Generation

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With the unveiling of its new generation of RX 350 and RX 450h, Lexus is making another step in the advancement of its Hybrid Drive technology. The latest RX models will feature improved powertrain that uses a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine based on the highly efficient Atkinson cycle that works with the hybrid drive inverter giving a total power output of 295 horsepower; 27 more than the previous generation.

In addition to these eco-friendly power related improvements, Lexus has furthermore developed a new exhaust-heat recovery system which reduces the time needed for the engine to warm-up, allowing it to stop earlier and for longer periods resulting in another improvement concerning both fuel economy and emissions.

Concerning the drive train, we find a new double-wishbone rear suspension that helps providing improved agility and control, while also allowing 5% more cargo capacity and easier loading.
The front McPherson strut geometry was too optimized in order to complement the rear modifications, providing excellent dexterity and ride comfort.

The RX 450h hybrid model will be differentiated by its own unique styling which include a exclusive grille, hybrid badges, blue-trimmed Lexus logos, unique front bumper, special 19-inch optional wheel design, blue-tinted head lamps and tail lamps with LED headlamps as optional.

The new generation of RX models will also boast lots of passive and active safety features like vehicle stability control (VSC), hill assist control (HAC) and the plain old traction control (TRAC).

All the features mentioned above are controlled by a dedicated managing system which proactively controls each one's behavior depending on the throttle position, steering adjustment and braking power, in order to prevent any skids and efficiently make use of the above on different road surfaces.

The next-gen of RX models is scheduled to go on sale next February, while the 2010 RX 450h will hit the nationwide markets in spring.
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