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Lexus RX 330



  • ch05ech05e Posts: 12
    Auto Spies reported that there will be a third row seat option and that it will have 240 hp. They also said it would be available November 2003. And everyone here is saying it will be out in March. Hmmm...interesting. Oh well the one plus was that it would be more value for your money because there is going to be more standard features.
  • xsfoxsfo Posts: 17
    I'm hoping for a smaller sized RX without third row seats. See my photoshop take on what the RX330 might look like. It's a modified photo of the Harrier posted earlier. It's the fourth post in the thread.

  • It looks like a European market car called the Citroen Picasso.
  • Drop the number of the name? That could get interesting with Lincoln's LS. They won't drop the numbers.
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    I talked with my salesman and he gave me the first official info on the 2004 RX. Dealers and selected personnel were shown a video of the new vehicle last Friday. Here are the facts:

    1. It will be the RX 330 (horsepower not given)
    2. On sale date is April 1 as a 2004 model
    3. Many new colors not currently available on other Lexus vehicles will be offered (like Olive)
    4. No third seat available
    5. All-new options include:

    Sports package
    Air suspension
    Radar cruise control
    17" or 18" wheels
    Moonroof or new oversized moonroof
    Power rear hatch
    Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    Lexus Link
    Rear DVD entertainment system

    Of course, HID lights, nav, in-dash 6-disc CD changer and ML stereo will also be options.

    Some other Lexus news given out at the meeting:
    1. The redesigned GS will come out in spring 2004 as a 2005 model
    2. The redesigned IS will come out fall 2004 as a 2005 model
  • XSFO- On the , the fourth photo looks like a cross between the Acura MDX and Buick Rendezvous. The front looks awfully close to a Rendezvous, I suppose with the vertical grill bars. Just a thought. Its still sharp looking nonetheless.
  • ch05ech05e Posts: 12
    Has anyone been to the Lexus website lately. When you go on it, they have this new beginning with different people and they show a lexus car with them. The campaign is like "special moments" or something like that. But getting to the point, like on the third slide they show this steering wheel. I have never seen this steering wheel before and they show a part of the dash and this doesn't match any of the lexus cars even the new GX470. I'm thinking this could be the Rx 330 steering wheel, check it out and tell me if you think the same.
  • I do believe it's the steering wheel of the LS. It matches from what I can see. The LS even has the black buttons above the ignition.
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    Yup, the 3rd slide is the interior of the LS430.
  • xsfoxsfo Posts: 17
    Can we get this thread crosslisted in the SUV board? It's about time. The announcement for it will be in January 2003.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,810
    Good suggestion. Let me ask and see if it's OK.

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  • edev31edev31 Posts: 41
    Does anyone have any information on the price of the RX330? Will it be priced the same (or similar) as the current RX300 model? Thanks in advance!
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    Somebody at appears to have the 2004 RX 330 pre-production brochure.

    My computer says the link is too long and won't let me post it. Just go to, click on forums, then click on RX 300. It's one of the first posts, and clearly shows the exterior and interior.
  • The vehicle in those pictures looks VERY much like all the other photos of the new RX. I believe that to be it.
  • ch05ech05e Posts: 12
    That guy who posted the brochure was of the Toyota Harrier which is clearly going to be a little different from the lexus version due to a new post in clublexus by another guy who has recieved a japanese magazine detailing the new Rx 330 with actual pictures that have lexus logos. The interior is amazing and it seems the backseats are going to have a lot of room. People have been saying that the back doesn't look good but from this picture it does. It retains the round look of the original Rx but adds a sharper hatcha and it makes the back look so curvacious and vilumptious (I didn't spell that right) Good news is that it will come out in april.The front looks good but its not as exciting as I thought it might be, the back is clearly the design feature that will make the Rx a stand out vehicle and give it its unique style. I'm just so happy to see the Rx with a monotone paint scheme because I hate that two tone body cladding, its very old fashion. It looks so good, and the way that the bulbs are kind of weirdly arainged in the headlights resembles that back of the Rx tailights because its bulbs have a weird arrangment to them. I am just wondering why they are all clear, I wonder if they remain like that when you are not driving but when you turn on the engine the bulbs turn red. That would be kind of neat and by the way anyone who thinks the Fx45 looks good is crazy because I don't like the round curves mixed in with very sharp tailights and headlights. The Rx 330 looks so much better. I just love the way it looks. They are changing it from the soft road suv to Lexus's sport suv, but I'm sure it will retain its soft road ride but now it will be more edgy and probably have more sporty handling and suspension. Oh well thats it for now.
  • edev31edev31 Posts: 41
    Thanks for the info on Club Lexus. Call me crazy, but the photos of the Toyota Harrier look more like other spy photos I've seen of the new RX330. The photos the guy posted that were from the brochure that says RX330 (with all of the Japanese text on it) look like the current RX300. But I'm no expert. The head lights of the Harrier photos look much more elongated,and the back end looks much different from the current RX300.They look like spy photos that I accessed a while ago from this discussion (a German Club Lexus, I think) although I know some were photochopped. I guess we'll just have to wait and see! Thanks!
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    Link is to the photos. Another one at

    Seems like it is a 5-seater and no longer a 7-seater? Can someone confirm that?
  • edev31edev31 Posts: 41
    I went to my Lexus dealer yesterday to test drive the current RX300 since I was briefly considering not waiting until April for the RX330 if I could get a good deal. They wouldn't budge off sticker price, even for a 2002 model. The only incentive on the 2002 RX is 1.9% financing.The Edmund's TMV is about $3400 below MSRP. But the dealer didn't want to hear any of that! They even had 5 in stock! Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that after seeing the RX300 in person, and the brochure, I can definitely see the differences in the new RX330. Subtle differences, but definitely there.
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    Lexus Corporate said the RX 330 would not be a 7-seater. Dealers were told this over a year ago. It was never planned that way. Anything re: 7 seats was simply people spreading rumors.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    thanks for clarifying that.
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