January 26, 2007 – Torrance, CA – Lexus today announced manufacturers
suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2008 RX 350, the top-selling luxury sport
utility vehicle (SUV). For 2008, the RX 350 receives exterior enhancements that
include a freshened front-grille design and new exterior chrome door handles.
New seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with a Liquid Graphite finish are available
as an option. The 2008 RX 350 also adds two new exterior colors: Brandy Wine
Mica and Desert Sage Metallic. Inside, the RX 350 offers an additional wood
trim color, Black Bird’s-Eye Maple, on units with a light gray interior.
The RX 350 retains its excellent value as the MSRP will remain unchanged from
2007. Prices for the RX 350 will remain at $37,400 for the front-wheel-drive
model and $38,800 for the all-wheel-drive model. All optional equipment prices
also remain unchanged.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the RX 350 produces 270 horsepower and 251
lb.-ft. of torque. Featuring all-aluminum construction, the V6 harnesses the
benefits of advanced technologies to optimize performance, fuel economy and
low emissions. The V6 enables the RX 350 to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just
7.3 seconds for the FWD model and 7.4 seconds for the AWD model.
The performance of the RX 350 is comparable to the output of some competitive
V8 engines while still providing a fuel-economy rating among the best in class
for non-hybrids. Its five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
is tuned for refined drivability as well as excellent fuel efficiency. EPA-estimated
combined fuel economy rating for the RX 350 is 20 mpg (18 mpg city/23 mpg highway)
for the FWD model and 19 mpg (17 mpg city/22 mpg highway) for the AWD. The RX
350 retains its ULEV II emissions certification.
The highly sophisticated engine uses electronically controlled sequential fuel
injection, which optimizes the fuel mixture and creates a precise burn, higher
output and lower emissions to aid drivability. In addition, an electronic throttle
control presides over several systems to maintain superior control of power
flow. This system, Electronic Throttle Control with intelligence (ETC-i), helps
manage idle speed, cruise control, Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability
Control (VSC). The result is engine efficiency with excellent power and impressive
Refined Comfort and Luxury Features
The RX 350 produces minimal cabin noise allowing for a very quiet interior that
provides an exceptional listening environment for its standard premium, satellite-ready,
eight-speaker AM/FM/CD audio player with in-dash six-CD autochanger. The audio
system is compatible with MP3/WPA-formatted CDs and includes Automatic Sound
Levelizer (ASL), Radio Data System (RDS) and a digital signal processor. Commonly
used audio functions are accessible via steering-wheel-mounted controls.
For true audiophiles, a Mark Levinson Premium Audio System is optionally available.
This 11-speaker system features an in-dash six-disc DVD/CD autochanger, DVD-audio
and DVD-video playback as well as remarkable sound clarity at all volumes (with
210 watts at 0.1% THD, 20-20,000 Hz). An available factory-installed, rear-seat
DVD-entertainment system features a nine-inch fold-away video screen for convenient
The Lexus DVD-Navigation System is optionally available on the RX 350 and includes
voice-recognition that will allow the driver to input a desired destination
by voice command while driving.
Like other Lexus navigation systems, the system is offered in conjunction with
a rear back-up camera to supplement the driver’s visibility of the area behind
the vehicle. The camera will provide the driver a view of what the camera lens
can detect behind the vehicle, automatically projecting a color image on the
navigation system’s seven-inch VGA screen when the reverse gear is engaged.
In addition to English, the navigation system includes Spanish and French text-display
options. The user can select the language preference at system start-up.
Lexus’ craftsmanship and renowned attention to detail provide sumptuous comfort
by design. Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front
seats with available memory, a sliding center console, adjustable light in the
visor vanity mirrors, and wood interior trim set the tone for luxury in the
RX 350. Luxury extends to the smallest details, such as illuminated front cup
holders and a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio-system
and trip-computer controls.
Premium options include a power-tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory,
and an illuminated entry system that lights the door handles, scuff plates,
and front footwells.
A unique, wide-opening multipanel moonroof is an optional alternative to the
optional conventional moonroof. With an open area that is 150-percent larger
than a normal moonroof and an illumination area that is 250-percent larger,
the multipanel moonroof is made of three separate glass panels. The front small
panel is angled to reduce wind noise, the rear panel slides backwards on top
of vehicle, while the middle glass panel slides backwards on top of rear panel.
The AWD RX 350 model features a viscous limited-slip center differential, which
enhances drivability in all types of driving conditions. The full-time AWD system
provides a constant 50/50 front-to-rear power split. If slippage occurs, the
viscous differential directs torque to the wheels with the most traction.
A direct-type Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) system alerts the driver via a warning
light on the instrument panel if a significant drop in tire pressure is detected
in any of the tires.
Produced in Kyushu, Japan, and Cambridge in southern Ontario, Canada, the 2008
RX 350 will begin arriving at Lexus dealerships by the beginning of February.
Credit: Lexus USA
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