The new RX200t effectively replaces the old RX270, the 4-cylinder entry-level version of Lexus’ popular crossover. The power and performance of the newcomer is likely to be much better, even though its turbocharged engine is believed to be slightly less powerful than the same-capacity unit in the NX200t, which develops 235bhp and 350Nm.
Singapore is slated to receive the 3.5-litre V6 models (petrol and petrol-electric hybrid) of the new-generation RX before the end of this year, but the RX200t hasn’t been confirmed for our market. If its pricing can be 15-20 percent lower than that of the new RX350, there should be a business case here.
Following the RX200t, Lexus’ turbo charge might continue with the “IS200t”, to supersede the existing 2.5-litre naturally aspirated IS250.