NEXT STAGE: Redesign in 2022
The fifth-generation overhaul repackages the nameplate on a new platform with new drivetrains that Lexus says will make the RX as fun as it is practical to drive. The new GA-K architecture delivers a lower center of gravity for more nimble handling while providing a longer wheelbase and tread for more legroom and cargo space.
The next-gen RX gets three electrified offerings in addition to the RX 350 gasoline model. The internal combustion entry has a 2.4-liter turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission for 275 hp. The electrified options start with the RX 350h traditional hybrid, mating a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to an electric motor and continuously variable transmission to generate 246 hp. The RX line also gets its first plug-in hybrid, the RX 450h+, which uses a 2.5-liter inline-four with a large capacity, high-output lithium ion battery. The top-shelf RX 500h F Sport all-wheel-drive performance hybrid combines a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic and e-axle. It achieves 367 hp.
The redesigned model also introduces a design direction that shifts the focus to a so-called spindle body design that sculpts a toned-down grille into the headlights. The spindle grille is still there, but the top portion is filled in and more integrated into the rest of the design.
The redesigned RX is set to arrive in the U.S. later in 2022.
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