NEW FOR 2012:

- RX350 available in seven trim configurations
- RX450h adds standard USB port
- Exterior colours: Satin Cashmere Metallic, Starlight Black Mica and Mercury Grey Mica added

For 2012, changes to the RX models are in trim. The RX350 is now available in seven levels, starting with a new base SE (Satiny Edition) trim line and with six available packages, while the RX450h hybrid adds a standard USB port.

Both the RX350 and 450h use a 3.5-litre V6 engine. In the hybrid, it includes an Atkinson Cycle, which reduces intake and exhaust energy losses; the resulting drop in power is compensated by the hybrid drive’s electric motors. The RX 350 uses a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 450h uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Both models are all-wheel drive. The 350 uses Active Torque Control, which uses electronic sensors to monitor vehicle and engine speed, gear ratio and steering angle, and adjust torque from 50:50 to 100:0 front to rear. The 450h also adjusts torque when required, but does so with electric drive motors on the rear wheels. These motors also aid with improved regenerative braking.

Features on the RX350 SE include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat side airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, first-aid kit, LED brake lights, six-CD/MP3 stereo, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding reclining and sliding rear seats, proximity key with pushbutton start, auto up/down windows, privacy glass, electroluminescent gauges, Eco indicator, eight-inch LCD display, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, wood trim, power tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, automatic headlamps with washers, rain-sensing wipers, and windshield wiper de-icer.

The Premium Package 1 adds a driver’s seat memory system, perforated leather heated and ventilated seats, power liftgate, power sunroof, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, front and rear splash guards, cargo mat, cargo net, rear bumper protector and roof rails.

The Premium Package 2 builds on the Premium Package 1 and adds auto-levelling and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with automatic high beam feature, rearview mirror with backup camera, and USB port.

The Touring Package builds on the Premium Package 2 and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, voice-activated hard disc drive navigation system with Remote Touch, XM Real Time Traffic, 12-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer, rearview camera in the navigation screen, and wallet-size smart key.

The Sport Package builds on the Premium Package 2 and adds Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), sport-tuned steering and suspension, unique alloy wheels and heads-up display.

The Ultra Premium Package 1 builds on the Touring Package and adds Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), premium leather seats, front seat power thigh support, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound system with six-DVD changer, Lexus Wide View side assist monitor, power-folding mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, front illuminated door sill trim, and wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Ultra Premium Package 2 builds on the Ultra Premium Package 1 and adds a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, two sets of headphones, remote control, 115-volt power outlet, roof rail cross bars and a heads-up display.

Features on the RX450h include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, six-CD/MP3 stereo, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, eight-way power-adjustable perforated leather heated and ventilated seats, 40/20/40 split-folding reclining rear seats, auto up/down windows, privacy glass, Eco indicator, eight-inch LCD display, backup camera, electroluminescent gauges, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, wood trim, cargo net, cargo mat, cargo cover, roof rails, front and rear splash guards, power sunroof, auto-dimming heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, rain-sensing wipers, wiper de-icer, adaptive auto-levelling bi-xenon headlamps with washers, fog lamps, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat side airbags, LED brake lights, first-aid kit, cruise control, garage door opener, and proximity key with pushbutton start.

The Touring Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, 12-speaker premium audio with subwoofer, wallet-size smart card key, voice-activated hard disc drive navigation system with Remote Touch, and XM Real Time Traffic.

The Ultra Premium Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system with rear subwoofer, six-DVD changer, wallet-size smart card key, Intuitive Parking Assist, voice-activated hard disc drive navigation system with Remote Touch, XM Real Time Traffic, wide-view side monitor system, LED headlamps, power-folding mirrors, premium leather seats, front seat power thigh support, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and illuminated door sill trim.

The Ultra Premium Package 2 adds 19-inch alloy wheels, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, two sets of wireless headphones, remote control, rear subwoofer, six-DVD changer, dynamic radar cruise control, wallet-size smart card key, Intuitive Parking Assist, 115-volt power outlet, roof rail cross bars, voice-activated hard disc drive navigation system with Remote Touch, XM Real Time Traffic, heads-up display, wide-view side monitor system, LED headlamps, power-folding mirrors, pre-collision system, premium leather seats, front seat power thigh support, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and illuminated door sill trim.