The fifth-generation Lexus RX SUV will make its debut at 8pm on May 31, New York time, or 10am June 1 on the east coast of Australia.
If recent models are anything to go by, the new RX will have toned-down version of the Lexus signature styling elements we’ve come to know. It should also feature smoother creases and rounder surfacing.
Up front, we can see the RX will retain the company’s spindle grille design, albeit with a non-function body-colour top section. This is flanked by headlights with the brand’s L-shaped driving light swoosh.
It’s unclear how many seats the fifth-generation RX will feature. The current RX has five seats as standard, but buyers can opt for the RX L, which has a longer rear overhang to accommodate a third row of seats.
A report last month indicated the company is planning to launch a new model, dubbed TX, to sit above the RX. The TX will be built in Indiana alongside the upcoming a stretched version of the Toyota Highlander, which we know as the Kluger.
The TX, as well as the Grand Highlander, are said to feature a longer wheelbase and up to eight seats across three rows.
We don’t know if the Grand Highlander or TX will be produced in right-hand drive.
The interior will likely look similar to the second-generation NX. It will likely — rejoice! — see the demise of the much despised trackpad-style infotainment setup in favour the NX’s 14.0-inch touchscreen.
Also unknown are the drivetrains to be offered in the RX. The current model is available with three choices: a 175kW 2.0-litre turbo in the RX300, a 216kW 3.5-litre V6 in the RX350, and a 230kW 3.5-litre V6 hybrid in the RX450h.
While a hybrid is practically guaranteed to be a part of the fifth-generation range, it may be the 179kW 2.5-litre four-cylinder system currently used in the NX, not the current car’s V6 drivetrain.
The naturally-aspirated V6 may also go the way of the dodo, with the 3.5-litre mill set to disappear from the Highlander range in US.
In the USA, the smooth-running six-cylinder will be replaced by a 198kW/419Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged four-pot for the 2023 model year.
Along with the smaller NX, which recently entered its second generation, the RX forms the volume-selling core of the Lexus brand.
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