Lexus has officially taken the wraps off the all-new 2016 Lexus RX at the New York Auto Show. As the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history — with global sales of more than 2.1 million units — the RX represents three out of ten vehicles ever sold by Lexus.
Redesigned completely from the ground up, the fourth-generator Lexus RX boasts a fresh, new, chiseled body style with new dose of Lexus L’Finesse.
“Our ambition has been to make a bold and completely new statement in this segment while building on and staying true to the pioneering values of previous RX generations,” said Takayuki Katsuda, Chief Engineer of the new Lexus RX.
The RX’s all-new sheet metal makes a powerful visual statement with a completely new front end highlighted by the brand’s trademark spindle grille, more aggressive front bumper and triple L-shaped LED headlamps. Muscular front fender flares and sharp shoulder lines add to the RX’s sporty attitude.
Lexus says a truly distinctive styling cue on the new RX is the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a “floating roofline” never before seen on a Lexus product.
Newly available 20-inch wheels replace the outgoing model’s 19-inch items and can be customized with body color-matching inserts to emphasize the driver’s individuality.
The new RX’s rear appearance has been sharpened, with the design highlighted by LED L-shaped taillights that wrap around the sides of the mid-size SUV.
Inside, the RX’s new luxurious cabin has been redesigned, offering higher quality trim and improved legroom for front and rear passengers. The RX now offers heated outboard rear seats and a 60/40 power folding second row to enhance comfort and convenience.
At launch, the RX will be available in two drivetrains – the RX 350 with a direct-injection 3.5-litre V6 and RX 450h hybrid powered by an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 and electric motors.
In addition to a strengthened chassis the RX’s fully independent suspension system, which consists of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup at rear, has been tuned and reinforced better handling and smoother ride. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is available on the RX for the first time.
The RX F SPORT will be available with both engine offerings for the first time, bringing a sportier spindle grille with “F” mesh design and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels with graphite finish. Inside, the driver is treated to a LFA-inspired F SPORT instrument cluster with a Multi Information Display (MID) as well as a sport steering wheel.
On the road, the RX F SPORT’s performance has been enhanced by an active stabilizer system designed to keep the vehicle’s body flat through corners.
The 2016 Lexus RX is expected to arrive in Australia in the third quarter of this year with pricing and specification announced closer to local launch.