Lexus RX ‘Crafted’ special edition announced for Australia

May 9, 2018

Lexus Australia is spicing up the RX range with the introduction of the RX Crafted edition. It’s available in all three powertrain options, adding special luxuries and bespoke highlights to the large premium SUV.

Only available in five-seat form, the RX Crafted adds unique 20-inch alloy wheels, black highlights for the grille and fog light surrounds, black side mirrors, and a black trimming for rear bumper bar. Given that the Crafted is based on the entry-level Luxury trim, these additions go well to spice up the model.

Inside, passengers are treated to a moonroof and a 12.3-inch high-definition multimedia system, with tunes sent through a 15-speaker sound system. The screen size is increased from 8.0 inches. The driver also gets a colour head-up display system.

Like the regular RX, the Crafted edition is available in RX 300 (previously called RX 200t), RX 350, and RX 450h form. These are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol producing 175kW, a 3.5-litre V6 developing 221kW, and a V6 hybrid producing a combined 230kW, respectively.

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For the extra features, customers will need to fork out an additional $7100 over the regular Luxury grade starting prices. This is still great value considering most of the equipment is reserved for the high-end trim levels only. Speaking about the unique edition, Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said:

“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.”

Just 300 examples will be offered, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2018 Lexus RX 300 Crafted – $81,351
2018 Lexus RX 350 Crafted – $88,521
2018 Lexus RX 450h Crafted – $97,260

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.