|Lexus RX 350|
You are never considered cool if you have never driven a Lexus. The RX 300 or also known as the Toyota Harrier is one of the coolest cars ever to grace the Kenyan soil.
Now Toyota has launched a new restyled version and I am pleased to say it even gotten cooler.
|Feline like pose|
The exterior of the all-new Lexus RX has a strong stance and new body design consisting of an inverted-trapezoid design in the front and the horizontally integrated rear. The headlights are made of LED low-beam and Halogen high-beam headlamps. An optional new automatic high-beam system detects light from oncoming vehicles, preceding vehicles or ambient sources and automatically switches from high to low beams.
|New redesigned rear|
Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels complement the exterior with a strong and sporty look. Its distinctive design also allows for five percent more cargo volume and easier loading.
The third generation Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electrically controlled, sequential-shift six-speed transmission. The spacious five-passenger interior includes a new, thoughtfully constructed “dual-zone cockpit” design. This layout helps the driver navigate the advanced interior of the new Lexus RX, which features two distinct yet integrated zones: a “display zone” and an “operation zone.”
|DVD screens for the passengers|
The “display zone” assists the driver via an eight-inch, navigation display that is set back in the dash for improved visibility. A white Organic LED multi-informational display ensures exceptional readability from a wide angle. An optional Heads-up Display reduces the need for excessive eye movement, and the use of high-intensity LEDs make the display bright enough to be read in direct sunlight.
The “operation zone” provides access and control to a large range of information through the available “Remote Touch” navigation controller and the steering-wheel-mounted multi-information switch. A camera located under the passenger side-view mirror helps the driver to check hard-to-view areas on the passenger side of the vehicle by simply selecting a button on the navigation screen or the steering wheel and view the camera image on the navigation screen.
|Leather covered steering wheel|
True to its heritage, the RX’s active and passive safety systems like Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) seamlessly integrates individual systems like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Traction Control (TRAC) to give it a smooth proactive steering and braking. This helps prevent skids while cornering before the vehicle reaches its operating limits on slippery roads or other challenging conditions.
|New style nose|
Safety features include a class-leading 10 standard airbags on the new RX, including dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags (including the Lexus exclusive twin-chamber front-passenger airbag), driver and front-passenger knee airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. It is also equipped with Lexus’ front-seat active headrests, designed to help reduce a possible whiplash injury when in certain lower speed collisions from the rear.
|18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels|
Price for the complicated but cool Lexus/Toyota Harrier start at Kshs 3 million excluding taxes. This am sure will be one of the cars that will grace my garage in the near future.