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Convenience Comes Standard on Lexus RX 350 - Display Audio With Backup Camera New for 2015

•Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission and Paddle Shifters Help Provide F SPORT Model With Greater Acceleration and Fuel Economy Estimates
•Available New Five-Spoke 19-inch Alloy Wheels With Light Gray Paint and Machined Finish
•Available All-Weather Drive Helps Enhance Traction in Any Weather

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is the Rx for drivers who want a luxury crossover utility vehicle. Lexus' top selling luxury utility vehicle provides driving pleasure wîth either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-weather drive (AWD). Introduced last year, the available F SPORT, model exclusive to all-weather drive, adds a fresh, aggressive design inside and out plus changes to driving dynamics.

Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the convenience of the new standard Display Audio wîth backup camera.

The RX 350 continues wîth a silken-smooth 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine wîth 270 horsepower. The standard model (FWD and AWD) uses a six-speed automatic transmission while F SPORT uses eight-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

F SPORT
The RX F SPORT is a special model, wîth an exclusive drivetrain and chassis tuning. It's the first RX model equipped wîth an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and it exhibits a greater appetite for the road wîth split-spoke 19-inch wheels and F SPORT tuned suspension. The F SPORT is clearly the driver's RX 350, yet still a crossover that coddles passengers in quiet comfort.

The eight-speed transmission not only makes the RX 350 F SPORT more responsive, but also boosts EPA highway fuel economy estimates from 24 mpg to 26 mpg.

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 268 hp
Torque: 248 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic, 7-speed Automatic
The Lexus signature spindle grille gets the distinctive mesh style finish wîth the F SPORT, which is also distinguished by its own front bumper design. The F SPORT interior stands apart, as well, its black or cabernet leather accented by contrasting silver stitching, ebony bird's-eye maple wood trim, black headliner and aluminum pedals and footrest.


The F SPORT steps up the standard luxury by including all features from the Premium and Comfort Packages, which remain options for the standard model. The Premium Package equips the RX 350 wîth a perforated leather-trimmed interior, power moonroof, memory system for the driver's seat, outside mirrors and tilt/telescoping §teering wheel, and more. The Comfort Package adds heated and ventilated front seats, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers.

Intelligent All-Weather Drive
With available Active Torque Control All-Weather Drive, the RX 350 is ready for any weather. The electronically controlled system can vary the torque distribution from purely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 split between front and rear wheels. When accelerating, or starting on a low-grip surface, torque is quickly provided to all four wheels. At steady speeds, torque is sent only to the front wheels, prioritizing fuel efficiency.

Where Agility Meets Versatility
The deft balance of excellent handling wîth serene ride comfort that Lexus achieved wîth the RX 350 reflects the brand's obsessive attention to true luxury. For example, the front suspension coil springs are inversely wound and compress in opposite directions. That arrangement prevents the negative effects of suspension compression on §teering, helping to result in enhanced straight-line stability.

The double-wishbone rear suspension would be right at home in a razor-sharp sport sedan. (concept carz) In the RX 350, the rear suspension design has the added benefit of yielding a wide, flat rear cargo area. The benefit is impressive: wîth the 40/20/40 split rear seat in use, the RX 350 offers 40 cu. ft. of carrying space. Folding all sections of the rear seat doubles that.

High Standard of Luxury
Lexus interiors have set new standards in design, materials, standard features and details, and the RX 350 shows why. The 10-way power front seats, ebony or espresso bird's eye maple and dual-zone automatic climate control system set the tone for the luxury found throughout the cabin. The RX 350 upholds another Lexus tradition, the inclusion of Display Audio wîth Rear Backup Camera as standard equipment. The 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System offers a multitude of music source choices, including a CD player, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio capability wîth a 90-day trial subscription included, Bluetooth® audio streaming and ÚSB/iPod® control.

For the ultimate in mobile sound, Lexus exclusively offers Mark Levinson® audio systems, a brand revered by audiophiles. The RX 350's optional 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound system will delight discerning ears, no matter the music choice. The system delivers 330 total watts of power through a 15-speaker array wîth an incredibly low 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD).

The standard SmartAccess system combines push-button starting and touch-sensitive exterior door handles. When the driver turns off the ignition, the seat automatically slides up to two inches rearward and the power tilt/telescoping §teering wheel tilts upward and slides forward to ease exit. The next time the driver is seated and pushes the 'On' button, the seat and §teering wheel return to their preset positions automatically.

Exemplary Safety Features

All Lexus RX models are equipped wîth 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 the front passenger.

Options help the RX 350 driver see more clearly, and to be alerted to things not seen but may pose a danger. The Pre-Collision System (PCS) wîth Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a pre-set following distance from a vehicle traveling directly ahead. The radar sensor can detect certain obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer uses various sensors to help determine whether a collision is imminent. 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.

Connected, Informed and Entertained
The RX 350 driver and passengers open a world of connectivity and entertainment features when they step inside this luxurious vehicle. When equipped wîth the optional navigation package, the RX 350 comes wîth Lexus Enform that can make a compatible Bluetooth smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, wîth Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes wîth the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on Facebook Places™.

Subscription-based Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles, while the RX 350's telematics system, Lexus Enform wîth Safety Connect® is on all vehicles equipped wîth the optional Navigation system. Both subscription-based features come wîth complimentary one-year trial subscriptions. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week—every day of the year.

Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.

The Lexus RX 350 features Siri® Eyes Free Mode technology licensed from Apple®. Compatible wîth the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications and calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.

Úsing high-intensity LEDs for high contrast and readability, the available Heads Úp Display (HÚD) projects high-contrast white figures onto the windshield for speed, navigation and audio settings.
Rear-seat passengers will find the comfort in nearly 37 inches of legroom in the RX 350. The optional rear-seat entertainment system gives that roominess even more purpose. Each of the system's two high-resolution seven-inch screens (one on each of the front seatbacks) can display video from a separate source, and the passengers can listen to audio through the wireless headphones.

New for 2015
•Standard Display Audio wîth seven-inch screen for all models
•Available F SPORT offers rich Cabernet leather-trimmed interior
•Available Premium and Luxury Packages offer a triple-split five-spoke wheel wîth light gray paint and machined finish
•Available HID and LED headlamps paired wîth LED foglamps
•Available navigation system features updated Remote Touch interface knob for improved ergonomics

Vehicle Details
Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance
•270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine wîth a six-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission wîth intelligence (ECT-i) and Dual Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i).
•The torque converter uses a low-speed lockup damper to enable lock-up from first to sixth gear to help improve fuel economy.
•The Multi-Mode Sequential Shift Automatic Transmission allows the driver to shift manually when desired.
•An Intelligent Shift Control sets shift patterns based on the vehicle speed and throttle position and estimates road conditions and driver input.
•Available Active Torque Control AWD system 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.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tires
•18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth 235/60R18 tires; two optional 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel packages wîth 235/55R19 tires.
•RX 350 F SPORT suspension provides firmer shocks and springs, a front and rear performance dampers, a bracing system that connects the left and right sides of the vehicle's structural frame for a more engaging driving experience.
•RX 350 F SPORT features standard VDIM technology designed to anticipate loss of vehicle control. VDIM manages all of the vehicle's dynamic integrated systems – the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) – and coordinates wîth the electronic throttle control system, also adding §teering assist torque and providing a limited slip differential effect.
•Smart Stop Technology will automatically reduce engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions.

Safety/Security
•Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) uses brake pressure to help prevent the vehicle from moving backward when starting out on an incline.
•Active front headrests help to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of certain types of lower speed rear collisions.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience
•10-way power front seats wîth power lumbar adjustment.
•Leather-wrapped three-spoke §teering wheel wîth integrated audio controls.
•Voice recognition and Bluetooth® technology hands-free communication when paired wîth a compatible smartphone.
•A multi-information switch on the §teering wheel allows the driver to access numerous function settings without taking hands off the §teering wheel.
•Vehicle settings can be customized, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver's seat easy exit, and window-closure settings.

Luxury Options (Highlights)
•The Luxury Package equips the RX 350 wîth semi-aniline leather, which is dyed all the way through, plus a wood and leather-trimmed heated §teering wheel, power front seat-cushion extenders, a power moonroof, smog-sensing climate control system and 19-inch alloy wheels.
•Comfort Package wîth ventilated front seats
•15-speaker Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system wîth 330 watts at 0.1 percent THD through 7.1-channel surround sound.
•Hard Disc Drive (HDD) navigation system wîth Remote Touch and Voice Command casual-language voice recognition, includes Lexus Enform® wîth Safety Connect® (includes complimentary one-year trial subscription), subscription-free App Suite, automatic Bluetooth phonebook download and Back-up camera

Warranty
•48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
•72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
•72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

Source - Lexus
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