It comes loaded with all the right stuff. A Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) detects movement in front of the car according to speeds and prepares the braking force to be applied before the driver can react: something we weren’t too keen on testing. Mostly because none of the junior sub-editors were willing to stand in front of the car as it approached. It is tough to stare at that gaping front too long unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger. The thing looks like the unmasked alien Predator’s mouth ever ready to bite.
The reverse camera with blind spot sensors and sonar work even while moving ahead at higher speeds. Those fat rear pillars weren’t a problem when we were parking among some erratic bamboo structures with things poking out at different angles and heights.
Why should one get it?
Right up to 2013, Lexus and Toyota had parallel models offering basically the same things glued under differently priced badges. That didn’t stop the Lexus badged version being one of the highest selling luxury SUVs in the US (quite possibly also its biggest market). Then boom, Lexus RX becomes its very own car. It’s better to drive than the hybrid and so far everyone who looked at it loved it.
Do you want a boring SUV capable of climbing hills but never will? Get a big, bloated, boat like Lexus LX or a Toyota Landcruiser. Do you want style, decent power and comfort? You know where we are headed now.
Just don’t stand under the automated tailgate when closing. Yes, the warning stickers are all there. But we still insisted our sub-editor Mahbub to willingly put his head underneath. Found out the gate won’t stop unless you press a button. He lives to drive another day.
2016 Lexus Rx200t
Under the hood:
2.0 turbo 4 cylinder (235bhp and 258lb ft of torque), 6-speed automatic, AWD.
10 SRS airbags, all-speed radar active cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision safety, blind spot monitor,
clearance and back sonar
Bling and bragging rights:
20 inch wheels, LED foglamps, daytime running lights, 12 speaker premium audio 10-way power/heated/ventilated front seats, Stop/Start system, panoramic roof, heads-up display.
Available from Rancon Imports for a price of 1 crore 35 lakh taka.
Photos: Rahin Sadman Islam