Lexus has updated the RX 450h hybrid SUV for 2012 with a facelift, extra equipment and a new sport specification.
At the front the RX hybrid - powered by a petrol/electric powertrain - now sports a sharper front end with a spindle shaped grille which accompanies all the most recent Lexus models. The new face also features LED daytime running lights as standard.
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The Mercedes M-Class and BMW X5-rivalling RX also has an updated interior with a redesigned steering wheel and switchgear set-up.
The standard model, which starts from £44,495, now also includes leather upholstery for the first time plus a Sport driving setting that can be activated via a button on the new steering wheel.
In this mode the throttle response is boosted and the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is reduced to give the driver more input behind the wheel.
Next after the standard model is the Luxury trim, priced from £48,495. It adds 19" alloy wheels and an upgraded stereo system with DAB radio and a DVD player.
The F Sport trim comes next, priced from £51,995 and making its debut on the RX 450h range. It adds an alternate front bumper, adaptive LED headlamps and a head-up display.
The Premier trim, priced at £55,495, remains as the range-topper for the RX and adds even more equipment including a sunroof and a side view camera as standard.
No changes have been made to the engine or performance of the RX 450h, which means the SUV still uses a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine in combination with electric motors. This brings a total power output of 295bhp and a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.9 seconds with the top speed set at 129mph.
The SUV also officially returns 44mpg on the combined cycle and emits 145g/km in CO2.
The 2012 Lexus RX 450h range is on sale now in the UK.