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The new seven-seat Lexus RX has afresh migrated from the US and Europe to South Africa. For motives conceivably not so accessible at aboriginal glance, Ferdi de Vos took the gracious, ample affluence SUV on a Montagu adventure.

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Montagu’s Annoyer is a baby raptor which in Summer breeds beyond Europe, up to West Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia, afore brief to West Africa or the Eastern bound of Africa, and all the way bottomward to South Africa, in the European Winter months.

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This bird of casualty is a long-distance migrant, accoutrement almost 12 000km during its anniversary clearing bottomward South, and about the aforementioned ambit abiding to its ancestry grounds.

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Birds from Eurasia alpha their clearing at the alpha of August and best accept larboard by mid-October. Their Spring acknowledgment peaks in April, with best birds aback in Europe by May.

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But what has this annoyer species, alleged afterwards the British naturalist George Montagu (1753 to 1815), to do with the RX archetypal from Toyota’s Lexus affluence brand? Well, the aboriginal RX was absolutely based on a mid-size crossover SUV alleged the Toyota Harrier.

It was alleged for the Eastern Marsh Harrier, or **chuki** in Japanese, a bird of casualty accepted to Hokkaido and arctic Honshu and sported a stylised bird’s arch on the grille.

It was appropriate for the Japanese calm bazaar only, but the added adequate Lexus acquired was exported. 

RX exports to the US and Europe started twenty years ago, in March 1998, but the aboriginal archetypal was never accessible in South Africa.

Only afterwards the second-generation archetypal was alien six years afterwards did the RX drift here. However, several (in some cases illegally) alien Toyota Harriers begin their way actuality afore the Lexus acquired became accessible locally in 2004.

Seven seats

The RX, now in its fourth incarnation, has consistently been accessible with bristles seats, but for the 2018 ambit a seven-seat adaptation has been developed, allegedly in acknowledgment to common requests from Lexus barter and dealers.

Visually, the alone absolute aberration amid the 350L acquired and its accustomed ancestors is the breadth of the amphibian window-line abaft the C-pillar, in my appearance according it a added counterbalanced look, while 20-inch admixture auto with a characteristic architecture enhances its stance.

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The L-version retains the alien amplitude and caster abject (2 790mm) of the accustomed derivative, but its autogenous is 543mm longer, 155mm wider, and 20 mm higher.

Its anatomy is additionally continued by 110 mm to board the third row of seats, the roof is aloft by 10mm, and it has a steeper power-operated tailgate. This agency added space, flexibility, and convenience, and the redesigned autogenous provides accomplished arch and leg allowance for the third-row passengers.

The third row can board a adolescent bench and can be bankrupt absolutely collapsed at the blow of a button, liberating 432 litres of baggage amplitude (enough for all our biking accoutrements and beefy camera equipment), abstinent to the tonneau cover.

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With one-touch levers folding and sliding the second-row seats advanced by as abundant as 45mm, it is accessible to admission the third row of seats, and they are absolutely adequate too, acknowledgment to the hardly aloft additional row seats creating added bottom room, as able-bodied as abstracted controls and committed vents for the aircon.

Having sampled the roominess of the new affluence seven-seater, we absitively to booty it on a Montagu chance – in chase of Montagu’s Harriers on our way to the bizarre little boondocks of Montagu in the Western Cape, and additionally to bisect the arresting Montagu pass, abutting to George.

Cogman’s Kloof

Our avenue included a acceptable amplitude of N1 artery up to Worcester, and actuality the bland petrol-fed V6 and glossy eight-speed consecutive about-face able automated transmission, accompanying to a abiding AWD arrangement of our Morello Red RX absolutely impressed.

We actually glided bottomward the freeway in Accustomed active mode, afore axis off assimilate the R62. Comfortably ensconced in the covering adipose seats with 10-way ability acclimation (the third row of seats are covered with abiding constructed actual to abutment approved folding), we approved out the fuel-saving Eco approach on our way to Robertson.

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Soon we were at the access to Cogman’s Kloof, anchored at the assemblage of the Keisie and Kingna rivers. Actuality we chock-full for some pictures, and patiently waited at the stop-go zones, due to advancing roadworks in the Pass, afore entering Montagu.

The town, founded on the acreage Uitvlugt, was alleged afterwards the secretary of the Cape Colony from 1843 to 1852, John Montagu. It is accepted for its hot mineral springs and breathtaking mountains, the adjacent bedrock formations authoritative it a above bedrock aggressive venue, as able-bodied as a abundant kloofing and abundance biking destination.

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Goedemoed

With the sun starting to set abaft Bloupunt peak, we angry the characteristic arbor grille of the RX in the administration of Touwsriver to get to our brief destination – Goedemoed Acreage Cottage, anchored at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the admirable Keisie Valley.

Here we were met by the accessible owners, Jean-Pierre and Leatitia de Villiers. It angry out the accomplished ancestors was ardent off-road bikers, active advancing their steeds for the abutting race.

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They arrive us for a braai and regaled us with some alpine biking tales (including how a motorcycle got on the bar counter), while we sampled some of their muscadel wine over supper.

It was an agreeable evening, but aboriginal the abutting morning we were on the alley again, accessible to accouterment the Wildehondskloofhoogte pass, the canyon with the longest name in South Africa, and the Op de Tradouw pass, ascendance the pictographic abyss formed by the Goedgeloof River.

While added than its five-seat stablemate, the third-row bench packaging requirements in the RX 350L alone accustomed the fitment of a distinct exhaust, rather than the bifold arrangement begin on the RX 350.

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The result? A baby abridgement in ability and torque (5kW and 12Nm) compared to its sibling. With 216kW and 358Nm available, this did not accomplish abundant of a aberration on flat, accessible roads, but on the across-the-board inclines of the passes the added weight (145kg) and accident of ability was discernible, alike in action mode.

By now we were accomplished Ladismith, abyssal the Huisrivier canyon with 39 bends, aciculate corners, and curves arranged into 13.4km. The Lexus, while absolutely abundant and big, handled it all with aplomb, and anon we were on the final dead-straight area headed for Oustshoorn.

Montagu Pass

With Electronic Multi-vision (EMV) Navigation Arrangement and a ample 12-inch audio affectation awning we could calmly cross our way through boondocks and county, but we begin the arrangement absolutely adamantine to accept and manipulate.

After across-the-board over the Outeniqua canyon we were now at the access of the Montagu pass, a narrow, bouncing clay alley arch appear Herold and the N9.

The canyon was additionally alleged afterwards John Montagu, whose fervour for acceptable anchorage resulted in its architecture 170 years ago. But while they allotment surnames, and both served in the army, there is no accessible ancestors articulation amid John and George Montagu.

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The attenuated clay alley accomplished the Old Tollhouse, area already the assessment of one penny per caster and one penny per ox had to be paid, got progressively worse, but the AWD RX handled the potholes and done abroad sections well; the alone drawbacks actuality its low ride acme and abridgement of abeyance travel.

Soon we were aback on the N9, annihilation worse for wear, and accessible to booty the alley aback home.

While we did not acquisition any Montagu’s Harriers (they were apparently over center on their adventure to the North), we did ascertain that the adequate seven-seat RX is a practical, acceptable and ample cruiser; and absolutely frugal too, with an boilerplate burning of 10.9 l/100km.

The assiduously able RX retails for R 949 300 and this includes a four-years/90 000km Maintenance Plan. It is the ultimate agent for the annual clearing of a ample ancestors to the bank and back.

Engine: 3 456cc, 2GR-FKS V6 petrol

Power:  216kW @ 6 300rpm

Torque: 358Nm @ 4 600-4 700rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic, 4WD

0-100 km/h: 8.0 seconds

Top speed: 200km/h

Economy: 10.9 l/100km

CO2 emission: 234 g/km

Price: R949 300

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Warranty: four years/100 000km

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