TAKE two very distinct packages of the best premium features available for the Lexus NX and 5-seater RX SUVs, and load them into both those models. That’s exactly what the Japanese car maker has done in creating the NX Crafted and RX Crafted.
The special-edition models are fitted with eye-catching exterior and interior enhancements that build on the Luxury grade of the relevant models, with the NX version gaining a panoramic view monitor to help drivers check their surroundings.
New up-market features for the RX Crafted include a head-up display and larger multimedia screen – features usually restricted to the RX F Sport variants.
The NX Crafted is available in 2WD and AWD, NX 300 petrol turbo and NX 300h self-charging hybrid variants, and scores unique black 18-inch alloy wheels with brightly machined surfaces for each of the five double spokes.
The black-accented treatment continues with selected exterior parts, including the front grille and mirror caps, while Lexus has completed the value-laden NX Crafted package with illuminated branded front-door scuff plates and a smart key card.
The card is a key less entry system that allows the driver to lock and unlock the doors, open the boot and start the car without having to remove the key from their pocket.
Nine exterior colours are available, including Carnelian – a red hue that is now available across the NX range. NX Crafted buyers have the choice of black or rich cream premium interiors with silver film ornamentation.
The additional NX Crafted features represent strong value for consumers, including an offer of $62,888 drive-away for the NX 300 2WD Crafted. AWD variants are priced at $63,806 for the NX 300 and $66,306 for the NX 300h – both are plus on-roads.
Its larger sibling, the RX Crafted, brings together an even more extensive line-up of enhancements for the RX 300 turbo, RX 350 V6 and RX 450h self-charging hybrid, including 20-inch black alloy wheels.
Other exterior updates include a panoramic moon-roof with front tilt and slide, and black accents for the grille, fog-lamp bezels, mirror caps and rear bumper. Interior ambience is heightened with a colour head-up display and 12.3-inch HD infotainment screen.
You’ll also find a premium 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with Clari-FiTM technology, and front-door projector courtesy lamps. The colour range follows the standard Luxury grade, with black and ivory trims.
These additional up-market features are being offered from $79,888 drive-away for the RX 300 Crafted, while the RX 350 is priced at $88,909 and the RX 450h at $98,018, both plus on-roads.
All crafted models are equipped with the LSS+. It’s a suite of advanced technologies that can prevent accidents or reduce their impact, and includes a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, and all-speed active cruise control.
It also provides lane tracking assist (lane-keep assist on the RX), and bi-LED headlamps with automatic high beam. Other safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and a reversing camera.
The RX Crafted is also equipped with bi-LED headlights with LED cornering lights, rain-sensing wipers and 10 airbags. Every NX, including the Crafted special-edition variants, is equipped with satellite navigation, power tailgate, and 10-speaker audio with digital radio.
You’ll also find Enform connected mobility, tyre pressure warning sensors, 60:40 rear-fold seats and a spare wheel. Other premium appointments for the RX range include leather-accented trim, and heated and ventilated front seats.
The RX also scores dual-zone Lexus climate concierge with nanoe technology, key-less entry and ignition, power tailgate, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, a wireless charger and USB/AUX inputs. The 2020 Lexus RX will arrive in Australia at the end of the year.