Extra features for a small premium

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Available only in Australia for the time being, the RX Crafted is based on the Luxury trim and features extra standard equipment. It slots right between the Luxury and F Sport trims, giving customers who want more features but don’t want to pay the F Sport premium a new alternative. The RX Crafted is available with all three powertrains offered in Australia, while production is limited to only 300 examples.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RX Crafted.

What Makes the Lexus RX Crafted Stand Out?

  • Black body accents
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • 12.3-inch display
  • Head-up display
  • Mark Levinson audio
  • Available with all powertrains
  • Priced from AUD$81,351
2018 Lexus RX Crafted Exterior
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The chrome trim in the center and around the tailpipes is gone, giving the RX’s rear fascia a sportier stance

The Crafted update doesn’t alter the RX’s exterior dramatically, but it makes it stand out by adding black accents to the front grille and the fog lamp bezels. The mirror caps are also finished in black for a sportier look, while the standard wheels are replaced by 20-inch alloy units. The rear remains unchanged save for the black-painted bumper insert. The latter retains the form of the standard element, but the chrome trim in the center and around the tailpipes is gone, giving the RX’s rear fascia a sportier stance. The exterior is rounded off by a standard moonroof.

The Crafted interior is all about added equipment. While the Luxury trim uses an eight-inch infotainment display, the Crafted is updated to the 12.3-inch screen at no additional cost. It also gets the head-up display and the premium 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with Clari-Fi technology - features that are usually reserved for more expensive models.

2018 Lexus RX Crafted Exterior
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The RX Crafted is updated to the 12.3-inch infotainment display at no additional cost

While most special-edition models are restricted to only one drivetrain, the RX Crafted is available with all the powertrains offered with the standard RX. First up is the RX 300, which replaced the RX 200t and uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The unit, which isn’t available in the U.S., cranks out 235 horsepower in the Australian model. Next up is the more familiar RX 350, which uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 296 horsepower. Finally, there’s the RX 450h hybrid with 308 horsepower.

The RX Crafted starts from AUD$81,351, which makes it AUD$7,100 more expensive than the Luxury trim it is based on. The RX 350 Crafted comes in at AUD$88,521, while the range-topping RX 450h retails from AUD$97,260 before options. Only 300 examples will be built.

History Of the Lexus RX

2013 Lexus RX High Resolution Exterior
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Introduced in 2015, the fourth-generation Lexus RS is sportier than ever and boasts significantly more premium features than its predecessor. It has been received with great enthusiasm in the United States, selling more than 100,000 units in its first two years on the market. In 2016, the RX set a new sales record in the U.S., surpassing its pre-recession benchmark from 2005. After almost three years on the market, the RX lineup was diversified by the addition of numerous limited-edition models.


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Lexus is continuing to diversify its popular SUV line-up with the introduction of special-edition versions of the luxury RX SUV.

Based on the Luxury grade and available with all three powertrains, the Lexus RX Crafted makes a visual impact with striking black coating for its 20-inch alloy wheels and black accents for the grille, fog-lamp bezels, mirror caps and rear bumper.

Highly prized additions include a moonroof and features normally reserved for higher grades: a colour head-up display, 12.3" high-definition infotainment screen (upgraded from 8-inch) and a premium 15-Speaker Mark Levinson® sound system with Clari-Fi technology.

The five-seat Lexus RX Crafted - available with the RX 300 turbo, RX 350 V6 petrol and RX 450h self-charging hybrid electric powertrains - is being offered for just $7,100 above the Luxury grades. Lexus is offering 300 of the special-edition models.

Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the price step for the Lexus RX Crafted was approximately half-way to the F Sport variants that already offer many of the special-edition features as standard.

"The additional luxury and value of the stylish Lexus RX Crafted will attract a wider audience to a vehicle noted for its practicality, convenience, spaciousness and easy manoeuvrability," Mr Thompson said.

Like every vehicle in the RX Line, the Lexus RX Crafted ensures a high level of safety with Lexus Safety System + including a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection^ and autonomous emergency braking.

All-speed radar active cruise control, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and reversing camera with rear guide assist are part of the safety technology offered across the range. The RX is also equipped with bi-LED headlights with LED cornering lights, rain-sensing wipers and 10 airbags.

Other premium appointments include leather-accented trim, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone Lexus Climate Concierge with nanoe™ technology, keyless entry and ignition, power tailgate, Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity, wireless charger and USB/AUX inputs.

The RX Line, now in its fourth generation, was expanded in February this year with the addition of three-row variants offering seven-seat accommodation.

To the end of April, Lexus RX sales have risen 22.7 per cent compared with the same period last year.

This is the first year Lexus SUV sales have surpassed 2,000 deliveries before the end of April, with the total reaching 2,095 vehicles - a gain of 18.8 per cent over the same period of 2017.

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