The mildly refreshed Lexus RX made its world premiere at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show. To be sold as a 2012 model in Europe and as a 2013 in North America, the Japanese firm’s luxury crossover model receives some select styling tweaks while it also debuts a new F Sport Edition.
The facelift introduces Lexus‘ new corporate ‘spindle grille’ together with new headlamps underscored by integral LED daytime running lights, a resculptured bumper, new tail lamp graphics and a fresh assortment of 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheel designs.
Lexus also added four new exterior colors, including Satin Silver, Burgundy Red, Sienna Brown and Midnight Blue, bringing the total of available paints to 10.
Inside, the revamped RX crossover gets new colour and trim options along with a redesigned steering wheel and center console box, plus some minor upgrades to the instrument panel and infotainment system.
A new F Sport grade also makes its appearance and will be available on both the RX 350 and RX 450h. It enhances the crossover model with a new styling package that includes a new front bumper, a different grille with a honeycomb design, a rear spoiler and bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it adds exclusive leather upholstery with white grey perforations and contrast stitching, steel silver painted trim inserts and a black ceiling.
Somewhat more importantly, the F Sport models get a new suspension setup that promises to improve both handling and steering feel, while the RX 350 Sport version also features steering wheel-mounted paddle shift controls.
The only other changes to the range for the new model year is the introduction of a Sport mode that supplements the RX 450 h’s Normal and Eco drive modes. The new sport option is said to provide more responsive acceleration while also adjusting the power steering system to provide better feel.