The redesigned BMW X5 rival features a new platform, turbo-petrol engine options, and plug-in hybrid models.
The all-new RX SUV has been unveiled by Lexus. Inside and out, the fifth-generation Lexus RX has been completely redesigned, and for the first time, a plug-in hybrid engine is available. With 2,21,000 units sold last year, the RX is Lexus’ most popular vehicle worldwide, and it has now joined its smaller Lexus NX sibling in adopting Toyota’s GA-K platform.
- New Lexus RX gets three powertrain options, including a plug-in hybrid
- Has greater focus on driving dynamics
- Gets vegan synthetic leather for interior upholstery
Exterior Design of The All-New Lexus RX
The new Lexus RX has a 6mm longer wheelbase, a 10mm lower roofline, and a 15mm wider front track and a 40mm wider rear track. Its new exterior is based on Lexus’ Next Chapter design language and is inspired by the new Lexus RZ electric SUV’s’spindle body’ appearance.
The RX’s new dimensions, according to Lexus, give it a “coupé-like feel” and a “confident stance,” especially when paired with 21-inch wheels. The RX also gets new LED headlights with a more streamlined design, and the top-of-the-line models get bespoke styling for the front grille, side skirts, and front and rear bumpers.
The Interior and Features of The All-New Lexus RX
Meanwhile, the RX features improved “Hey Lexus” voice control functions, proactive driver assistance systems, and touch controls that can be viewed and adjusted with minimal eye and head movement, in keeping with Lexus’ ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road’ ethos.
A 14-inch touchscreen is standard, with satnav and cloud services enabling ‘always on’ connectivity for live traffic, accident, and road condition reports. Wireless smartphone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, and tethered Android Auto are also available. Standard features include heated and ventilated seats, as well as vegan synthetic leather upholstery, steering wheel, and gear shifter.
Engine options for The All-New Lexus RX
The RX 350h, which is powered by a 2.5-litre strong hybrid powertrain, is the first model in the new model range. Lexus claims that performance is comparable to the current RX 450h, which has 245 horsepower and 324 Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds.
The new RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and a rear-mounted electric motor for full-time four-wheel drive. It has a combined output of 306 horsepower and 570 Nm, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.0 seconds, and an electric-only range of 64 kilometers thanks to an 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery.
For the first time in a Lexus, the RX 500h, which is positioned as the line’s most dynamically focused model, offers turbocharged hybrid power. The addition of a turbocharged powertrain was deemed necessary by Lexus because customer preferences are constantly changing.
The RX 500h is the most powerful vehicle in the lineup, producing 371 horsepower and 644 Nm thanks to a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors that provide full-time four-wheel drive. The RX 500h accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and features Lexus’ Direct4 torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.
Back in India, Lexus sells the previous-generation RX SUV in 450hL trim as a CBU import. As a result, the new Lexus RX could be coming to India as well.