Lexus unveils the evolution of the ultimate advanced driving experience with the all-new 2010 RX 350 and RX 450h luxury crossover vehicles at the 2009 Montreal International Auto Show

(Montreal) - Lexus has unveiled the most advanced generation of its trend-setting RX luxury crossover vehicles for 2010, the V6-powered RX 350 and the hybrid RX 450h, at the 2009 Montreal International Auto Show. More than one million Lexus RX models have been sold worldwide, making it the most successful luxury crossover vehicle. Both new models may have distinctive powertrains, but they both set a new benchmark in advanced performance, fuel efficiency, new intuitive technologies and design and class-leading safety.

Lexus inaugurated the luxury crossover category with the original RX 300 model in 1998, and the third generation RX 350 will represent an evolution in advanced driving experiences for the advanced crossover driver. A revised more responsive 3.5 litre engine that achieves a horsepower of 275 hp at 6,200 rpm (vs. 270 hp on previous generation) is mated to an all-new six speed automatic transmission. It is not only more powerful, but more fuel efficient than the previous generation. The RX 350 adds innovative new intuitive technologies, such as: Lexus' first Organic LED display, a new Remote Touch navigator, and Heads-up Display. Lexus’ L-finesse design language is incorporated into the luxury crossover for the first time, creating a welcoming spirit outside and a true crossover cockpit design on the inside. The all-new 2010 RX 350 will continue to be manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) by Team Members in Cambridge, Ontario. TMMC was also able to work closely with the engineers and designers on this vehicle, and Canadian Lexus guests will observe mainly Canadian winter ready features, such as: an integrated design for towing hitches and a rear windshield wiper that is integrated into the rear spoiler.

“The 2010 Lexus RX has taken its pioneering spirit and shifted dynamically into a new era of advanced driving,” said Larry Hutchinson, Director, of Lexus in Canada. “Improved power, performance and intuitive technologies such as available Remote Touch and a Heads-up Display anticipate a remarkable shift in what the luxury driver needs and desires. The RX 350 is not only the most popular Lexus in Canada, it is now a Canadian luxury icon, and the fact that TMMC has played such an important role in the design and engineering of this vehicle speaks volumes about the skill and craftsmanship of Lexus Team Members .“

Lexus created a vehicle without equal when it introduced the first-ever luxury hybrid in 2005. The second generation 2010 RX 450h now joins the world’s only luxury hybrid lineup that it started and will continue to be on the cutting edge of advanced performance, luxury, fuel efficiency, and environmental leadership. No crossover exists in the world than can offer this same combination. It upgrades to a 3.5L V6 engine (vs. 3.3L of previous generation) that is matched to more efficient lighter electric motors and reach an incredible 295 net horsepower, providing a 10 per cent improvement in power versus the previous generation. Lexus Hybrid Drive adopts the Atkinson Cycle for the first time to reduce energy loss and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system that reduces smog forming emissions and improves overall fuel consumption. The 2010 RX 450h will not only be even more efficient in cold Canadian winters thanks to a new Exhaust Heat Recovery System., early estimates indicate that it will achieve an incredible 14 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous generation – keeping it in a class by itself with no equal.

“We believe that the future of luxury motoring will not only require the most advanced technologies, but those that can offer optimum performance, power, fuel efficiency, and environmental excellence surrounded in luxury,” continued Hutchinson. “With its outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, reduced environmental impact, and intuitive advanced technology, the 2010 RX 450h will be a clear leader for the RX series and the Lexus brand as it offers all these things and more.”

The new RX350 at a starting price of $46,900 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) arrives in Lexus showrooms across Canada in February 2009. While pricing is not yet available on the RX450h hybrid, it arrives a few months later. Lexus guests can visit for a sneak peek at the all-new RX.

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The 2010 Lexus RX 350 teams a thoroughly revised 3.5-litre V6 engine with an all-new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. New intake and exhaust manifolds improve engine breathing for enhanced performance and fuel economy. Horsepower is increased 275 at 6,200 rpm from 270, while Lexus tailored the torque output to the type of driving that luxury crossovers typically encounter. Ninety percent or more of the 257 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm. An insulated engine cover, styled in the shape of two cylinder banks, conceals the new V6 to help ensure a quiet cabin. Easy-access points facilitate routine service.

Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) is again used to control both intake and exhaust camshafts independently, to optimize engine performance at all speeds and loads. Refinements to the valvetrain, including roller rocker arms and slimmer valve stems, reduce friction and weight to improve fuel economy. Also helping to enhance torque is the improved Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) that varies the intake runner length in response to engine speed and throttle position. The ETCS-i (Electronic Throttle Control System-intelligent) softens throttle response during initial acceleration for smoother takeoff and to help reduce wheel spin.

The 2010 RX 350’s new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous five-speed. Using miniature high-flow linear solenoids to control transmission fluid line pressure yields quicker shifting response. The torque converter uses a new low-speed lock-up damper to enable lock-up from second to sixth gear, to improve the fuel economy.

When applying the accelerator pedal rapidly during kick-down, the new direct downshift control allows the transmission to directly shift from sixth to third gear or fifth to second gear, skipping the intermediate gears to achieve the quickest response. Under normal kick-down pedal applications, conventional downshift control uses the intermediate gears to ensure the smoothest shift is attained. “Shift shock,” which was commendably low in the previous five-speed transmission models, is even further reduced.

The Sequential-Shift Automatic Transmission allows the driver to shift manually when desired by first moving the gated shift lever to the “S” slot and then pushing it forward ("+") to up shift and backward ("-") to downshift. An Artificial Intelligence shift (AI-SHIFT) control, sets shift patterns based on the vehicle speed and throttle position and estimates road conditions and driver input to automatically control the shift pattern. For example, when driving in hilly areas, for example, AI-SHIFT can prevent unnecessary shifting. During downhill inclines, the transmission prevents up shifts to achieve more engine braking.

Fuel Efficiency

Despite the increased horsepower of the RX 350, it is even more efficient than its predecessor, leading its class :
  • RX 350 fuel Consumption : 11.6/8.2/10.1 L/100km* (City/Highway/Combined)
Moreover, with even more power than ever, the RX 450h achieves an outstanding improvement of 14 per cent in fuel consumption. It remains a standalone leader in its fuel efficient and environmental performance:
  • RX 450h fuel consumption: 6.5/7.1/6.8 L/100km* (City/Highway/Combined)
* All numbers are preliminary and are subject to change

All-Wheel Drive

The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h crossover are standard-equipped with all-wheel drive. The RX 350 introduces an all-new electronically controlled Active Torque Control AWD system. As in the previous RX 400h, the RX 450h hybrid uses a separate rear electric motor-generator to provide power to the rear wheel when road conditions or throttle response dictates.

The previous RX 350 model’s AWD system used a viscous coupling locking centre differential to provide 50:50 torque distribution. In the 2010 RX 350, Active Torque Control AWD uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. The new AWD system is 35 lbs. lighter than the previous system and reduces parasitic losses by 30 percent.

When accelerating, or starting off on a low-grip surface, torque is quickly provided to all four wheels. At steady speeds, torque is sent only to the front wheels, enhancing fuel efficiency. For handling agility and stability, the AWD system increases rear-wheel torque when the vehicle approaches understeer and decreases rear-wheel torque when the vehicle is approaches over steer. On rough or sandy terrain, an AWD LOCK switch provides enhanced traction performance for low-speed maneuvering (if in LOCK mode, the system reverts to AUTO mode when speed exceeds 25 mph). To prevent a tight corner-braking condition (shuddering) during low-speed cornering, the system reduces rear wheel torque.

Hybrid Powertrain

The 2010 RX 450h introduces an advanced version of Lexus Hybrid Drive, featuring a 3.5-litre V6 Atkinson-cycle engine, lighter electric motors, a smaller and lighter power-control unit and other fuel-saving innovations. At 295 total system horsepower, the RX 450h offers 10 per cent more power with 14 per cent improved fuel consumption versus its acclaimed predecessor the current generation RX400h.

A full hybrid, the RX 450h can operate in electric-only or gas-engine-only modes as well as a mode that combines the power of both. Extended electric-mode operation during low-speed or stop-and-go driving conditions helps reduce fuel consumption. A new driver-selectable EV mode allows the vehicle to be driven short distances using only the electric motors.

The RX 450h will achieve a Tier 2 Bin 3 designation, producing nearly 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than conventionally powered vehicles.

With the Atkinson cycle, the gasoline engine’s intake valves are closed late to delay beginning of compression, resulting in a higher expansion ratio. That reduces intake and exhaust energy losses for more efficient combustion and improved fuel economy. The gas engine alone produces 245 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, up from 208 at 5,600 rpm in the previous RX 400h. The Atkinson cycle also reduces exhaust temperature. A new Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system reduces it further still, helping economy by eliminating the fuel enrichment otherwise needed to help prevent catalyst overheating under high loads.

A 288V DC Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack fits neatly under the rear seat and is more compact and lighter than in the previous model. A boost converter efficiently raises voltage to 650V DC, and an inverter changes this to 650V AC for the front-mounted 123-kW electric motor-generator. The boost converter and inverter are enclosed in the power control unit, which also houses the condenser. The new power control unit is 17.6 lbs. lighter than the previous unit, and about 40 percent smaller. Losses have been reduced by more than 10 percent, enhancing fuel economy.

The RX 450h hybrid powertrain employs three motor-generators: MG1, the engine-driven generator, is a starter and can charge the battery pack or power other electric motors as needed; MG2 is the front-drive motor; and MGR is a rear-mounted motor-generator that drives the rear wheels. MGR eliminates the need for power-transfer gearing or a driveshaft from the front. Power from the gas engine and MG2 is distributed to the drive wheels via a planetary gear-type continuously variable transmission. MG1 controls the output speed of the transaxle through the planetary gear set, without clutches or a viscous coupling. MG2 delivers similar maximum torque as in the previous model, but over a wider range for better response and smoother performance. The hybrid system electronically varies front and rear torque distribution depending on traction conditions.

A new two-step flywheel damper absorbs small torque fluctuations and also the minor vibration produced when the gasoline engine starts and stops. A SNOW mode slows accelerator-pedal response to reduce the possibility of wheel spin.

Sequential shift mode, a feature adapted to the vehicle’s electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, allows the driver to control engine braking for better maneuverability on rough or winding roads. The AI-SHIFT feature, adopted on a hybrid for the first time, selects and holds the optimal range when driving downhill or on inclines, providing a smoother driving experience.

The power-steering pump, water pump and air-conditioning compressor are driven electrically rather than by the engine, reducing parasitic losses. When the RX 450h is coasting or braking, the electric motors function as generators, capturing energy that would normally be lost as heat through the brakes and transforming it into electricity to recharge the batteries.

To enhance fuel economy, a new exhaust heat recovery system circulates engine coolant through a unit installed in the exhaust pipe behind the catalytic converter. This new feature reduces engine warm-up time, allowing it to stop earlier, more often, and for longer periods, improving both fuel economy and emissions.

Active Safety

The Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) handling technology is now available on the RX 350 and standard-equipped on the RX 450h. The VDIM system anticipates loss of vehicle control in virtually any direction. VDIM governs all of the vehicle’s dynamic handling systems -- the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) -- employing them collectively and seamlessly to make corrections while allowing higher dynamic capability. VDIM also interfaces with the electronic throttle control system.

The system’s Enhanced VSC function adds steering assist torque to aid handling safety on a split-friction surface. The VDIM system also provides a limited slip differential effect. The TRAC and VSC functions can also be switched off, for example, when the driver needs to free the vehicle when stuck in mud or snow.

The new RX adopts Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which uses brake pressure to prevent the vehicle from moving backward when starting out on an incline. This Lexus-first system does not wait to detect rollback, however. It can be controlled by the driver and works in both forward and reverse. While the vehicle is stopped and the brake pedal is depressed, pushing it further activates the feature. Brake pressure is then maintained for approximately two seconds after the brake pedal is released and the driver switches to the accelerator pedal.

The previous RX offered the Lexus Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) that guided headlamps into a turn. The 2010 RX models offer the new Intelligent AFS, which is used for both low and high beams of the available HID headlamps, and for the low beams of the available LED headlamps on the RX 450h only. When entering a corner, AFS estimates where the vehicle will be in three seconds, based on the vehicle speed and the angle of the tires, and adjusts the lateral aim of the headlamps. AFS can be switched off by the driver if desired. AFS also includes an auto-leveling function.

Using a camera mounted on the inside rear view mirror, a new automatic high beam system switches between high and low beams in response to oncoming vehicles and those traveling in front, or when other ambient sources are detected, helping reduce driver inconvenience.

On the RX 450h, the optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses millimetre-wave radar to measure and maintain a set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. The radar sensor can detect obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer with vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw-rate inputs helps to determine whether a collision is highly possible. In such a situation, PCS preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal.  

Passive Safety

A high-strength cabin design and comprehensive Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) are designed to help provide a high level of crash-energy management. Approximately 42 percent of the entire structure uses high tensile strength sheet steel. The new structure was engineered for collision compatibility with vehicles of varying heights and weights.

The 2010 RX models are equipped with a segment-leading 10 standard airbags, including side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, rear side airbags (for the outboard seating positions), and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. A roll sensor signals the side curtain airbags to inflate if a predetermined threshold of vehicle tip-up is detected.

The front-passenger airbag is a dual stage, twin-chamber design that, when deployed, is shaped like a baseball catcher’s mitt to help provide optimal protection. Active front headrests help to provide whiplash protection in the event of a rear collision.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tires

Lexus engineered the third-generation RX luxury utility vehicle to provide a more engaging driving experience while also making it quieter and smoother than its predecessor. The overall packaging of the new RX remains similar to that of the previous model. The new RX has a marginally longer wheelbase (+ 1.0 inch) and is 1.6 inches longer; the new RX 350 model is  15 mm (0.6 inches) and the RX 450h is 20 mm (1.2 inches) shorter than their previous versions: both are 40 mm (1.6 inches) wider. Significantly, for greater handling stability, the track is 69.9 mm (2.75 inches) wider. The engine’s output centre has been lowered approximately 15 mm (0.6-inch), yielding a lower overall powertrain centre of gravity for enhanced vehicle agility.

A key factor in the RX models’ sharpened handling agility is the all-new uniquely designed double-wishbone rear suspension, which replaces a strut-based configuration. Another key benefit of the new rear suspension is that the packaging yields greater cargo area room. The new RX retains the 11.4 m (37.4-foot) turning circle of the previous model. The front suspension geometry was optimized for the new platform and features a new, thicker stabilizer bar. New inversely wound front coil springs compress in opposite directions, preventing the negative effects of suspension compression on steering.

The new standard electric power steering system contributes to improved agility and steering feel while eliminating the parasitic losses of a hydraulic steering pump. Eliminating hydraulic oil provides an environmental benefit and reduces maintenance. When the driving conditions involve little steering input, energy consumption is reduced, improving fuel economy by nearly three percent. Steering assist is automatically adjusted in response to vehicle speed, with greater assist at low speeds and greater feel at higher speeds.

The brakes on RX models are enhanced for 2010 with a new two-piston front caliper and larger rotors front and rear. Brake feel has been enhanced optimizing pads, pedal ration and booster output characteristics. On the RX450h, Electronically Controlled Brakes (ECB2) are a vital element of VDIM, translating brake pedal stroke speed and pressure to generate the precise amount of hydraulic pressure needed.

The RX models feature new standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, which were designed to appear as if carved from a single block, and 235/60R18 mud and snow tires. Optional 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/55R19 tires are available, with the RX450h hybrid model receiving a hybrid-exclusive wheel design.

Exterior Design

The 2010 Lexus RX models blend a bold new version of L-finesse design with evolutionary elements. The sleek profile is accentuated by broader “shoulders” for a more commanding though still elegant presence. Bright finish side window mouldings follow a subtly concaved line across the A pillars and C pillars, extending at the front and rear ends.

The Lexus design cue of placing the grille lower than the headlights, along with special attention paid to headlight design, yields a strong frontal expression. The RX 350 offers standard halogen and optional HID headlights. The plated upper edges of the front grille extend toward the headlights to draw the front features together. The lower edges of the grille form a unique arrowhead design. Subtle surface movement can be seen in the sculpted vertical bars that change shape as they spread upward. The RX 450h’s unique grille features a finer pitch than on the RX 350, creating a fluid-like surface, accentuated by its silver color.

Pronounced front fenders flow into the doors, and integrated rear fender flares neatly sweep around to pull together the taut rear corners of the vehicle. The lower body emphasizes the standard 18-inch wheels. Passenger doors extend below the entry sill, helping keep out dirt and moisture.

Several exclusive design features, including the grille and front bumper, distinguish the RX 450h hybrid from the RX 350. Exclusive LED headlights and unique 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are also available. Lexus hybrid blue is used for the front and rear emblems, hybrid logos, rear combination lights, and headlights. The LED headlights will maintain 90 percent of their intensity even after about 15 years of vehicle use.

A touch sensor-type smart switch on the front doors removes the need for a button for a sleeker, high-tech appearance. A distinctive feature of the door handles is that the surface subtly twists outward from the front to the rear to give a comfortable. The side mirrors feature integrated LED turn signal lamps. When equipped with the side-view camera monitor, the passenger-side mirror integrates a small camera.

The rear spoiler’s primary function is to help lower the vehicle’s Coefficient of drag (Cd), but it also conceals the rear wiper and houses the radio antenna and high-mount stop lamp. Eight exterior colors for RX are offered, including the newly developed Cerulean Blue Metallic, while Aurora White Pearl is exclusive to the RX 450h.

Interior Design

Based on Lexus L-finesse philosophy, the dramatically designed interior clearly separates the interior into two distinct zones – the “display zone” to provide information, and the “operation zone” for interaction with controls. The shoulder of the door trim comfortably envelops the occupants, the clear line of the trim beginning inside the cabin and tapering outward toward the exterior. The design imbues a feeling of a continuous line encircling the occupants and defining the controls and displays. Neatly sculpted metallic surfaces, especially on the asymmetrical center stack, showcase a bold contrast of shadow and light.

Lexus' first white Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is used for the multi-information display. Vibrant white characters are sharply displayed on a high-contrast black background for ease of use and a luxurious appearance. For the RX 450h, blue accented meters strengthen the hybrid image, and a hybrid system indicator replaces the tachometer to encourage driving in an economical manner. In addition to an Eco driving indicator light, an Eco driving indicator zone display displays current economy using a bar graph.

Lexus employed extensive human-machine interface (HMI) studies to improve occupants’ interaction with all controls. To reduce driver distraction and effort, each HMI function in the new RX wastes no movement. The navigation display (or audio/HVAC display when navigation is not ordered) is placed at a higher, more distant position, providing a more natural visual angle.

Three innovations to come from the HMI studies include the multi-information switch on the steering wheel, the new Remote Touch console-mounted navigation controller and the available Heads-Up Display. The multi-information switch allows the driver to access numerous function settings without taking hands off the steering wheel. It also reduced the number of individual switches, contributing to a cleaner instrument panel. Settings for various switch functions can be customized according to personal preference, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat easy exit, and window-closure settings.

The new Remote Touch is similar to a computer mouse and as easy to use. The screen menus are selected with the controller, eliminating the need to reach out or avert eyes from the road.

The attribute that most distinguishes Lexus’ Remote Touch from other devices in other luxury models is its “haptic”-feedback technology. As the user hovers the mouse near a screen icon, the cursor is automatically pulled onto it, while feedback from a servomotor in the device enables the user to feel it “click” into place. The driver or passenger makes a selection by pressing the side thumb button on either side, and the feedback servo is adjustable for sensitivity. Again showing Lexus attention to detail, the water drops in a Japanese garden inspired the selection sound. Remote Touch integrates the functions of seven hard switches used with the previous touch screen, allowing users to operate those functions with minimal effort and distraction.

The all-new RX introduces the world’s first Heads-Up Display (HUD) using white readouts. High-intensity LEDs project high-contrast white figures onto the windshield, which are easier to read – and easier on the eyes – than the typical green-coloured readouts. The HUD offers displays for speed, navigation, and audio. A wedge-shaped windshield interlayer for the HUD projection area eliminates the distracting printed grid pattern seen on other vehicles equipped with HUDs.


Lexus luxury begins with how the RX presents itself: All models are equipped with the SmartAccess keyless entry with push-button start. As the driver approaches the vehicle, the dome lamp, shift console and available outer scuff plates illuminate. Opening the door, the instrument panel lighting gradually fades in. When the engine (or hybrid system) is started, the instrument gauge needles and markings illuminate, followed by the multi-information display. After the driver exits the vehicle, the lights fade out at different intervals.

All 2010 RX models are equipped with a power tilt and telescopic steering column. To ease entry and exit, the seat automatically slides two inches rearward and the steering wheel tilts upward and slides forward when the engine (or hybrid system) is switched off. Upon starting the engine (RX350) or pushing the power button (RX 450h), the seat and steering wheel return to positions pre-set by the driver using the available three-position memory system.

The newly designed standard 8-way power front seats are shaped to accommodate arm movement when operating the Remote Touch, while also holding the occupants in place. The shape and texture of the armrests and switches offer an ideal combination of tactile feel and functionality.

The new leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel features integrated audio controls; a leather and wood trimmed wheel is available. The wheel’s unique cross-section is designed to provide a more natural grip than a conventional round-section wheel.

Three seat materials include standard fabric and optional perforated leather or premium leather. In addition to light grey and black, parchment is now available as an interior color. The RX 450h also exclusively offers a black and light grey combination interior. Standard wood trim comes in Brown Walnut or Espresso Bird’s-eye Maple.

The centre console box provides enough space to comfortably store CDs, DVDs or the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Even with the owner’s manual, the console box still offers more than 0.75- cu. ft. of storage capacity. The three-part rear seats can be slid and reclined, and can be folded down using the one-touch levers mounted in the luggage compartment. Compact rear seat headrests improve the driver’s visibility. The new double wishbone rear suspension, due to its compact packaging, yields a larger luggage compartment; the width between the suspension towers is increased by nearly six inches.

The new climate control system offers quicker cooling and warming and is also quieter. A new high-efficiency compressor precisely calculates the required torque and coordinates engine control to improve fuel economy. The new system can cool the cabin to about two degrees lower and warm it by about five degrees higher than in the previous RX. A smog sensor can detect harmful particles (CO, HC, NOx) in other vehicles’ exhaust emissions and automatically switch between fresh air and recirculation modes. A new electric compressor on the RX 450h includes a humidity sensor, which helps reduce air conditioning operation depending on loads, including humidity, contributing to enhanced fuel economy

The new Lexus RX models accommodate a variety of music sources, providing auxiliary Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and available USB input. The voice recognition function allows phone calls to be made and received even while driving. When a portable player is attached, information such names for the artist, track and album is displayed on the navigation or audio screen. Lexus paid close attention to facilitating storage of such external devices and their accompanying cables.

The RX continues the Lexus tradition of offering a premium audio system as standard equipment, in this case a powerful nine-speaker system with a CD changer. Creative placement and angling of the speakers perfectly cross-channels sound to the occupant on the opposite side of the vehicle to transform the cabin into a clear, crisp acoustic environment. A 12-speaker system comes with the optional navigation system and includes two-rear-door tweeters and a compact, L-shaped subwoofer in the rear luggage compartment.

The optional 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound system allows listeners to enjoy 7.1-channel surround sound. The Mark Levinson system, a Lexus exclusive, features a centre channel coaxial speaker, metal-cone midrange speakers, tweeters and a 100-watt amplified subwoofer. A 2.5-in speaker built into each D pillar provides the right and left surround sound channels. The diffusion of sound provides each occupant the same level of audio quality.

The available Hard Disc Drive (HDD) navigation system eliminates the need for DVD map discs and offers voice control. An optional rear seat entertainment system includes two high-definition 7-inch screens, one in each of the front seatbacks. Each screen can display video from separate sources. A remote control allows independent control of each screen. Rear seat occupants can play audio through the headphones or vehicle speakers.

The available side-view monitor and rear-view camera helps provide the driver with a wider range of visibility. The driver can check hard-to-view areas by simply pressing the camera-select button on the steering wheel and viewing the camera images on the navigation screen. 

Peace of mind

Buyers of the 2010 RX350 can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six years/110,000, the RX 450h hybrid system components arc covered for eight years/160,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000 kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection warranty and access to alternate transportation.

The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.The purchase of a new RX350 also includes free membership in Club Lexus, an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership information at the member’s fingertips.

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