2023 Lexus RX headlined by new 500h F Sport Performance model

The new 2023 Lexus RX has been officially revealed, bringing a new design, new powertrains, greater performance and more refined luxury.

In the fifth-generation RX, Lexus continues to evolve the Lexus Driving Signature of its core model by improving the vehicle’s fundamentals, while maintaining the refined ride and high level of quietness that are the renown of the Lexus brand.

It also represents the next step in the Lexus Electrified vision with the introduction of a new high-performance hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) available in select global markets.

The all-new RX is spearheaded by a new F Sport hybrid hero model in the new RX 500h F Sport Performance, powered by Lexus’ first turbocharged HEV 2.4-litre engine with high-output eAxle rear motor.

In addition to new hybrid powertrain, the RX 500h F Sport Performance is also equipped with the Direct4 all-wheel drive system using electrification technology, as shown on the RZ 450e, Lexus’ first battery electric vehicle (BEV) built on its own dedicated platform.

The RX 500h F Sport Performance’s enhanced handling, stability and driving engagement is bolstered by six-piston front brakes, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and 21-inch aluminium wheels, which combine to add a new dynamic layer never seen before in the RX.

Additional powertrains announced in the global reveal include a turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol engine, 2.5-litre HEV delivering low fuel consumption and a 2.5-litre PHEV with class-leading EV cruising range and powerful acceleration performance. Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be offered.

Powertrains and model configurations for the Australian market are yet to be confirmed.

While retaining its overall length of 4,890mm1, the all-new RX has grown on the inside to deliver greater comfort and convenience. Wheelbase is increased by 60mm (to 2,850mm) and the distance between front and rear hip point has increased by 12mm to liberate more interior space. An extra 50mm is added to the rear luggage.

Front suspension is via MacPherson struts while the rear uses a newly developed multi-link arrangement system that delivers smoother vehicle posture changes.

The suspension’s upper arm position and shape prevents the body side members from protruding into the interior, creating more efficient interior space. Furthermore, it’s claimed that vehicle posture changes during start-up and acceleration, as well as vibration during driving, are suppressed by optimising the shock absorber positioning and suspension mount bushing characteristics.

Highly rigid die-cast aluminium is used for the steering to ensure more linear steering response, while improved manufacturing processes play a significant role in keeping toe, camber and roll steer more precise to maximise dynamic performance.

Australian model line-up, specifications, pricing and on-sale date of the all-new Lexus RX will be announced later this year.

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