2012 Lexus RX450h prices announced

* Sporty new RX450h revealed * On sale now from 44,495 * Entire range refreshed and upgraded...

2012 Lexus RX450h prices announced

The 2012 Lexus RX450h is on sale now, with prices starting from 44,495.

The updated RX450h is a rival for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class and has been refreshed with styling changes, more standard equipment, and a new F-Sport model.

Lexus's luxury hybrid SUV gets the company's new 'spindle'-shaped grille, while the rear is updated with redesigned tail lamps.

The interior has been revised with a new steering wheel and switchgear design. Operation of the Remote Touch controller has been tweaked, too, so that it now works more like a computer mouse.

New RX450h F Sport
The new F Sport model costs from 51,995 and gives the RX sharper looks and performance. A more vertical front bumper with upper and lower mesh grilles gives a more purposeful appearance. There are also 19-inch alloy wheels and F Sport badging.

Inside, the sporty theme is continued with aluminium-effect pedals and trim inserts. Leather upholstery, black roof lining and a bespoke leather-trimmed steering wheel are also included.

The F Sport has chassis and engine tweaks for more sporty dynamics, including a lateral damper system to increase stability, similar to the one in the CT 200h F Sport.

Performance is increased by an additional Sport mode. Selecting this setting modifies the throttle responses and steering settings for faster responses. It also makes the stability control less intrusive, allowing the driver more control.

Lexus has revised equipment levels across the entire RX450h range. The entry-level RX450h SE gets daytime running lights, new leather upholstery and a redesigned steering wheel.

Luxury trim includes dark-finish 19-inch alloys and an upgraded stereo system with DAB radio and a DVD player.

F Sport trim includes a head-up display and LED swivelling headlights.

The range-topping RX450h Premier now gets a sunroof, a head-up display and air suspension as standard.

Alongside the new model and equipment upgrades, Lexus is offering two new accessory packs for the RX450h. The Lifestyle Pack includes front and rear protective plates and roof rails, while the Protection pack provides rubber floor mats, bumper film, mud flaps and a cargo net.

Lexus RX450h prices

RX 450h - 44,495
RX 450h Luxury - 48,495
RX 450h F Sport - 51,995
RX 450h Premier 55,495

Pete Barden