Lexus RX

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The Lexus RX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV sold by Lexus since 1997. The RX series has comprised multiple V6- and hybrid-powered models (such as the RX 300, RX 330, RX 350, RX 400h, and RX 450h), in either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive versions. Three generations of the Lexus RX have been produced to date. One of the first crossovers, the RX series is designed to combine the functional characteristics of an SUV with ride and features of a luxury-type sedan.[1] The RX has ranked as the one of the best-selling luxury vehicle in the United States.[2]

The Lexus RX first premiered in 1997 as a Lexus concept, followed several months later by debut of the production RX 300 models.[3] In 2003, the second generation RX debuted in the U.S., and the redesigned RX 330 went on sale shortly after. In 2004, the RX line added the world’s first luxury-type hybrid,[4] the RX 400h, and the RX 330 was upgraded to the RX 350 for model year 2007. Equivalent versions of the first and second generation models were sold in Japan under the Toyota Harrier nameplate until 2008. The redesigned third generation RX 350/RX 450h models premiered in late 2008.[5]

As one of the first luxury SUVs on the market, the Lexus RX has inspired similar competitors from rival marques.[6] Its commercial success as Lexus’ best-selling model has been attributed to the strong reliability reputation of Lexus and the RX line.[7] The RX is also the only Lexus vehicle to be produced outside of Japan, with North American market RX 350s being made at the Cambridge plant in Canada.[8] The RX designation, coincidentally similar to the unrelated Mazda RX-7/RX-8 coupes and the Kia Rio RX-V hatchback in Canada, signifies its place in the Lexus lineup next to the larger GX and LX SUVs.

In February 1997, Lexus debuted the “Sport Luxury Vehicle” (SLV) concept, a prototype crossover SUV, at the Chicago Auto Show.[3] This concept, which appeared close to production, combined the characteristics of an SUV, wagon, and sedan.[9] In Japan, the SLV concept appeared in first-generation Harrier form (codename SXU10 and MCU10 for the front wheel drive models, and SXU15 and MCU15 for the four wheel drive models) in December 1997. Two engines were available, the 2.2 L 5S-FE I4 which produced 139 hp (104 kW) JIS (102 kW) and 191 Nm (140 ft·lbf), and the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 which produced 219 hp (163 kW) JIS (161 kW) and 304 Nm (224 ft·lbf). Both engines could be specified with either front or all wheel drive. All models came with an automatic transmission as standard. The vehicle was partly based on the Camry platform.

The Lexus RX 300 made its sales debut in America in March 1998 as a 1999 model following its premiere at the North American International Auto Show that year. The only engine and drivetrain combination available was the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 and either front or four wheel drive. The RX 300 interior included leather seats, wood trim, a multi-level center console with storage drawers, and individual reclining and sliding rear seats. A shift lever mounted near the instrument panel freed up floor space for additional storage. On the exterior, the RX featured heated mirrors, automatic light-sensing headlights, a low step-in entry height, and an overall drag coefficient of Cd 0.36.[10] A 240-watt, 7-speaker Pioneer sound system was standard, while a Nakamichi premium customized sound system was available as an option. The Lexus RX was an immediate hit, and sold over 370,000 units in five years.[11]

In Japan, the first-generation Harrier was a sales success, and many went to other right hand drive markets in Asia as grey imports. The Harrier continued largely unchanged until November 2000, when the 2.2 L 5S-FE engine was replaced by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE 4-cylinder engine, producing 159 hp (119 kW) JIS (117 kW) and 221 Nm (163 ft·lbf). As before, the engine was offered with either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The change in engine also meant a change in model code, which was now ACU10 for the front wheel drive version and ACU15 for the four wheel drive version. A small facelift was also performed on the Harrier.