Lexus have just taken the wraps off its completely redesigned fourth-generation RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Since its launch 17 years and three generations ago, the RX has been at the forefront of the luxury crossover category, and the new RX aims to retain that status.
Unmistakably Lexus, in and out, the new RX makes a strong visual first impression. The front end has been updated with a Lexus signature bold new grille, triple-L-shaped L.E.D. projector headlights, and redesigned fog lights with a triangular bezel. Chrome strips border the grille and the fog lamp bezels giving the front end a contrasting, sharp look.
Sharp edges-a-plenty, the side profile shows off the aggressive lines that run from the front end all the way to the rear end. The swooping roofline ties it all together to give the RX a modern, sharp and aggressive character. Aesthetics aside, the profile minimizes wind noise at speed, drag and decreases lift, while maximizing fuel efficiency, acceleration and stability.
The rear end maintains the sharp and aggressive character with blacked out C-pillars, L-shaped wraparound taillights, and chrome tipped dual exhaust tips. 20-inch wheels replace the current model 19-inch offerings.
A large heads-up-display (HUD) is the prominent feature in the driver's seat with a 12.3-inch information display off to the side. The shifter has been repositioned away from the front of the instrument panel to optimize space. The rear seats have been redesigned to allow more leg and knee room for passengers. For rear seat passenger convenience, heating and power recline functions are available. A large panoramic sunroof ties the package together nicely.
Under the hood is a new, upgraded and more powerful 3.5L V6 mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination is apparently good for 300 hp. Based on this improved powertrain is the hybrid model’s Atkinson-cycle 3.5-L V6 hybrid. When combined with the electric motor, the total output results in more than 300 hp. As always, RX drivetrains have been tuned to achieve high fuel economy and a low carbon footprint.
For the first time, the F Sport trim is available in the hybrid model.