The fourth generation of the Lexus RX has been revealed at the New York Motor Show. This luxury SUV is the company’s best selling model over their 26-year existence – 2.1 million models are on the roads today which equates to nearly a third of Lexus’ sales coming from the RX. To keep the appearance of this SUV fresh and to keep the sales coming in, Lexus have got to work redesigning the luxury interior, as well as a more potent and sharp body which sits on a longer wheel base than before.
Takayuki Katsuda, the Chief Engineer for the RX says, “Our ambition has been to make a completely new statement in this segment while building on and staying true to the ground-breaking values of previous RX generations.” Whilst full details of the new RX won’t be announced until later on this year, there are still some specifications we know, starting with it’s new design. Lexus have definitely made the RX seem right up to date: the contemporary, sharp edges are accompanied by a more prominent grille and modern LED headlights. The flares and creases in the bodywork also give it a more sporty feel. A more dynamic profile also makes the RX more stable at low speeds and gives it a more purposeful look. The finishing touches include a blacked out C-pillar, giving a ‘floating roof’ illusion and the current 19-inch rims are replaced with larger 20-inch wheels. On there inside, there is a clear notion of comfort and luxury. This luxury can be furthered with optional laser cut wood ornaments. There is also a big 12.3-inch monitor as well as a head up display.
The power sources for this SUV consist of an upgraded version of the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a targeted output of 300bhp, which is linked up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. A perhaps more modern alternative is the hybrid Atkinson cycle 3.5-litre V6 engine twinned with an electric motor. Combined output of this set up is also targeted for around 300bhp. The fully independent suspension ensures good stability and handling, whilst the ride comfort is not compromised.
Lexus are also continuing to put a keen focus on safety. These include alterations such as a stronger body structure all the way to the Lexus Safety System+, which aids the driver in avoiding collisions. Other features include the Pre-Collisions System, which detects and warns the driver of risks whilst driving as well as precautions such as Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High Beam.
A more exciting alternative to the RX is the RX F Sport. Many changes with this model are aesthetic, such as new alloy wheels, a dedicated instrument cluster and a sports steering wheel, wrapped in leather and given paddle shifts. There are also exclusive colour options to choose from. More technical differences in the Sport variation include an active stabiliser system, adaptive variable suspension and an extra driving mode dubbed Sport S+ which will be alongside the standard Eco, Normal and Sport S settings.