2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Article by Christian A., on March 7, 2012

In order to enhance the dynamics and sport character of the 2013 RX 450h, Lexus unveiled a new F Sport version. The new sport pack offers a more aggressive frontal styling showing a new front bumper with a bigger lower section, new F Sport mesh design for the upper and lower grilles of the bumper, front wing F Sport badging and a new set of exclusive 19" shaded alloy wheels. The interior shows a Black and White Grey colour scheme - steel silver painted trim inserts and a black ceiling give the interior a more cockpit-like feel and aid driver concentration.

Moreover, the F Sport models receive the lateral performance damper system, capable to absorb and minimise undesirable body vibrations and offer a more linear steering feel and contribute to improved ride comfort. In lieu of conventional fixed bracing, the system features a front performance damper connecting the left and right front suspension towers, and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear lower back panel.

Up front, the new Lexus RX 450h now features a more characteristic appearance thanks to the spindle-shaped layout of its upper and lower grilles. This styling evolution is more noticeable on the F Sport model of the RX 450h, in which the upper and the lower grilles come with a dedicated mesh treatment while its front bumper is now deeper and more vertical.

On the rear, the new Lexus RX 450h features newly designed rear light clusters. Interestingly, the RX 450h comes with a low drag coefficient value of 0.32 Cd, thanks to reduced distance between each panel, better airflow management under the SUV as well as its aerodynamic features. Although the Lexus RX 450h is larger than its predecessor -- 15mm longer, 40mm wider and 10mm higher with a 25-mm longer wheelbase – it came with with a very compact packaging, allowing it to remain as agile and as maneuverable as the previous model.

Meanwhile, the interior of the new Lexus RX 450h comes with a newly designed cockpit which has a dashboard that has been separated into two zones. The lower section is the Operation Zone that houses system controls like the steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch and the Remote Touch control. The upper section is the Display Zone that includes the Head-Up Display as well as an eight-inch LCD multi-display screen. Moreover, the premium carmaker from Japan tweaked quite a number of small elements inside the new Lexus RX 450h, including the shape and functionality of some controls and several trim details.

Lexus’ Remote Touch control will have its debut on the new Lexus RX 450h. As part of the Lexus Navigation System, the quick and intuitive Remote Touch control works like a computer mouse and its icons on the central multi-display screen allow drivers to adjust the audio, navigation and ventilation and access the SUV’s phone and set-up systems.

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