For some, June 1 was just the beginning of a new summer season. But for Lexus RX, this is the beginning of a new season of making crazy money: the new generation Lexus RX SUV has just debuted! So what did they come up with?
Familiar but new design
With the creation of the fifth-generation Lexus RX SUV, the developers decided not to make a revolution, but to follow an evolutionary path. The overall proportions of the body and the hidden rear roof rack (note the glossy black finish) are from the “fourth” Lexus RX. A small wave on the rear door and a solid taillight is from the new Lexus NX and Lexus RZ. Plus branded “sharp” headlights, huge wheel discs (up to 21-inch!), muscular wheel arches.
As before, the SUV will be offered in the basic version (silver car) and the F Sport modification (blue car). The latter differs in bumpers, wheels, interior trim, and more.
And if we are talking about the salon, it is worth noting a radical change in the interior. First, it is now implemented in the Tazuna concept, which provides for maximum concentration of controls around the driver and simplification of the control process itself. Secondly, on the front panel, the central place is now occupied by a huge touch screen, a minimum of 9.8-inch or a maximum of 14-inch. Due to this numerous mechanical keys and switches that fit the above concept are no longer necessary.
However, in addition to the exterior and interior, the car’s technology has also changed significantly: from the general design to the appearance of new engines.
More hybrids, more power
The new SUV is built on a new platform: it is called GA-K and provides a multi-link rear suspension, more complex and accurate than its predecessor. The design of the body has changed significantly: more high-strength steel grades have been used in the power structure, and some of the hinged panels are made of aluminum. In the end, the new car became noticeably lighter than its predecessor – minus 90 kg.
But perhaps the range of power units has changed the most. From now on, the Lexus RX is completely devoid of V6 engines, which were previously present in all generations of the model. Instead, petrol 4-cylinder engines were used, which received as a bonus either a turbine or a hybrid application, or both.
At the time of its debut, four options have been announced for the new Lexus RX. So, the Lexus RX 350 crossover offers a 2.4-liter turbo engine with 279 hp. (for normal countries) and front or all-wheel drive. The Lexus RX 350h is already equipped with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, which is assisted by an electric motor, so the total power reaches 245 hp, and the drive will definitely be full. A similar technique is used by the SUV Lexus RX 450h (306 hp) but it features a battery of 18 kWh with the possibility of recharging and autonomous range of up to 65 km on the electric drive. Finally, a new top version has appeared in the SUV range: the Lexus RX 500h is a hybrid based on a 2.4-liter “turbo” and using a traditional 6-speed automatic gearbox and powerful electric motors. And that means 371 “horses” and 0-100 km/h in just 6 seconds! In addition, the Lexus RX 500h gets an “advanced” all-wheel drive DIRECT4.
And this is by no means a complete list of the latest technologies and features that the fifth-generation Lexus RX can offer. We are waiting for the same in Ukraine for a detailed study! Are you waiting for the new Lexus RX?