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Six Interesting Facts about the Lexus RX300
- Shortly after its launch, the RX 300 became Lexus' best-selling vehicle, selling over 370,000 units in its first five years of stay in the market. Its tremendous popularity contributed a lot to the development of the premium crossover SUV market.
- Before the Lexus RX series was introduced into the market, it was previewed at the Chicago Auto Show on February 9, 1997 as a concept sport utility vehicle with the SLV name, which stood for Sport Luxury Vehicle. This concept sported a combination of the traits of a wagon, an SUV, and a sedan. It also featured high-ground clearance, which helps make way for an elevated seating position. The design of such concept was intended for suburban driving.
- The Lexus RX300 is part of the RX series that has experienced strong sales in the US. In fact, since its introduction, it's been recognized as the best-selling luxury SUV. It is also among the earliest luxury crossovers in the market, so it served as an inspiration for rival brands. Also, the Lexus RX is recognized as the marque's top-selling hybrid, enjoying global sales of 259 thousand units out of half a million Lexus hybrids sold from November 2012.
- Have you heard about Toyota Harrier before? That's the name of the Lexus RX when it was launched in its home market in Japan way back in late 1997. It was in late 1998 when this crossover sport utility vehicle was exported under the Lexus RX name, which stands for Radiant Crossover. In some automotive market, this vehicle has also been labeled as Recreation Cross Country. The RX remains to be Lexus' only crossover vehicle.
- The Lexus RX 300, along with other models in the RX series, was the only Lexus manufactured outside Japan. The hybrid versions sold in the North American market have been built at the manufacturing plant of the Toyota Motors in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada since 2003.
- Did you know that from March 1998 to 2003, the RX300 V6-powered version, which was offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, comprised all of the model's sales in export markets? This version also comprised Japan's Harrier V6 sales from 1997 to 2003. The 3.0 L 1MZ-FE was loved by enthusiasts because it can crank out 220 hp and 222 lb. ft of torque.