The Lexus RX300 range in Malaysia gets an extra variant in the form of a Special Edition which shares the specifications and equipment of the RX300 Luxury variant but has additional accessories. Approximately RM10,000 more than the RX300 Luxury variant at RM434,000 (inclusive of SST), the RX300 Special Edition has genuine Lexus accessories which enhance its external appearance as well as provide additional functionality.
At the front end is an additional underbody panel which provides protection from stones and other objects thrown up from the road while along the sides are body mouldings to enhance the looks.
The lower side mouldings are integrated with the new one-piece side steps on either side. These steps run along the bottom of the front and rear doors, providing easier movement in an out of the SUV, especially for small children and elderly people.
Custom-designed visors have been installed along the tops of the windows to prevent rainwater from entering the cabin if the glass is wound down slightly. They are shaped to have minimal effect on airflow while allowing the glass to be lowered, if desired, even when there is rain.
Those who frequently use the rear cargo space will appreciate the step guard which is installed near the lower edge of the rear door opening. Covering almost the full width of the opening, it provides protection for the upper part of the rear bumper so it will not be scratched when loading or unloading cargo.
The Lexus philosophy is all about hospitality and this is reflected in the Welcome Door Lamp which comes on whenever the doors are opened. The lamp illuminates the area near the door so that puddles of water or potholes can be seen and avoided. Additionally, adding a touch of class, a small lamp projects a silhouette of the Lexus logo on the ground.
Two other accessories included in the RX300 Special Edition are the Touch’nGo reader/transmitter and a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The Touch’nGo device is compatible with Touch’nGo tollcards and can be used for passage through the SMART TAG lanes at toll plazas nationwide. It offers a neater solution for electronic payment of toll and is installed inside the cabin.
The DVR is a familiar accessory in many cars nowadays, providing motorists with a way to provide visual evidence in the event of an accident. Unlike the third-party accessories which are usually stuck on the windscreen, the one for the RX300 Special Edition is installed securely behind the rearview mirror.
All the accessories which come with the RX300 Special Edition are genuine Lexus accessories and meet the same high standards of quality and reliability as the rest of the vehicle.
The accessory installation is done by professionally trained personnel at UMW Toyota Motor’s own Accessories Centre in Bukit Raja, Selangor.
With the addition of the RX300 Special Edition, there are now seven variants of the RX range available from Lexus Malaysia, All RX300 variants are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine which produces 235 ps/350 Nm. A 6-speed Super Electronically-Controlled Transaxle (6 ECT) automatic transmission is standard along with all-wheel drive transmission.
As with all new models sold by Lexus Malaysia, there is a comprehensive factory warranty of 5 years/unlimited mileage (whichever comes first after original registration). Complete aftersales support is available at 7 locations in Malaysia (including one in Kuching, Sarawak) where there are professional technicians who have been extensively trained to look after Lexus vehicles.