The Lexus RX is luxury crossover SUV which is no. 1 selling Lexus model for years. Last year it had 35% of all Lexus sales. The 2016 Lexus RX 350 was unveiled this April at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Also with this presentation we will see next generation of Lexus RX 2016 450h hybrid.
2016 Lexus RX redesign
The 2016 Lexus RX will share its architecture with other Toyota family members like Camry, Avalon, Highlander, and Lexus ES. It will use new aluminum parts like doors, hood and tailgate which will reduce overall weight. It will come bigger for 2016 year model and according to some voices from industry. With stretched body there will be more room for third row seat and that could be first RX with 7 seats since 1998. The Lexus RX 2016 will feature next-gen safety system , „Toyota Safety Sense“, that includes Pre-Collision System (PCS), lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam control. This luxury crossover SUV will have slightly redesigned front fascia that includes new spindle grille. Unfortunately, Toyota’s new safety technology, camera-controlled adaptive LED headlights, will not be part of Toyota USA models for long time.
“We designed the RX to have a high amount of excitement and strength. The lengthened wheelbase and larger tire size result in sporty powerful proportions. Even while ensuring a high level of luxury and space within the cabin, the RX’s silhouette remains sleek and dynamic, while the interior has been designed for easy operation with luxurious execution”, Gen Ikeda, the chief designer of the RX, said.
|Length||192.5 in (4.890 mm)|
|Width||74.5 in (1.895 mm)|
|Height||66.5 in (1.690 mm)|
|Wheel base||109.8 in (2.790 mm)|
|Track (front/rear)||64.6/64.2 in (1.640/1.630 mm)|
|Driveline||Front-wheel drive/All-wheel drive|
|Tires & Wheels||235/65R18|
Lexus RX 2016 specs review
Under the hood of the new Lexus RX 2016 will be proven engines that we can find in current model. Toyota doesn’t want to change too many things with a proven sales winner. This luxury crossover SUV will be powered by 3.5-liter V6 engine with direct injection that produces 300 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This RX 350 will be available with 6-speed automatic transmission but with Sport badge it gets two speeds more for better fuel efficiency. The 2016 Lexus RX 450h hybrid will come with the same V6 engine in combination with 123-kW electric motor for higher power. This engine delivers 245 horsepower and 234 lb-ft of torque alone but in combination with electric motor they produce 295 total system horsepower. The 2016 RX should have almost same fuel economy like its predecessor which will have fuel economy rated around 25 mpg combined with gasoline engine but with hybrid powertrain it will boost up to 30 mpg combined. This Lexus luxury crossover SUV will come with front-wheel-drive system as standard while the all-wheel-drive system will be available as an option, while Sport trim level will have AWD as standard.
2016 Lexus RX release date and price
We expect that 2016 Lexus RX will come to Lexus dealer ships later this year. Prices shouldn’t have bigger changes than current luxury crossover SUV and the Sport trim level should have price tag from $46,000 to $50,000 depending on chosen options. Main competitors for the Lexus RX 2016 as always will be Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz M-class, Land Rover Discovery Sport.