As the best-selling model in the Lexus line-up the 2016 RX looks to build on that trend with a completely redesigned luxurious interior wrapped in a chiselled, attractive new body style. The large dose of Lexus brand DNA that’s been artfully incorporated into the details can not only be seen, but also felt. The reimagined RX boasts exceptional on-road performance and safety.
The all-new RX makes a powerful visual statement at first glance. The front features a completely new fascia that’s highlighted by an emboldened spindle grille with a chrome-plated border and triple L-shape-LED headlamps. Together with the redesigned fog lamps, this gives the RX an elegant yet futuristic aura. Muscular front fender flares add to the vehicle’s sporty attitude.
When seen from the side, the sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roofline, give the RX a dynamic profile that minimizes drag and decreases front and rear lift. All of this helps make the vehicle more stable at high speed with a reduction in wind noise. A truly innovative styling cue is the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide a floating roof effect never before seen on a Lexus product. Also, newly designed 20-in. aluminum wheels, replace the current model’s 19-in. options.
Inside, the new RX’s cabin is one of comfort and luxury, with repositioned trim pieces that exude a high level of class, and specially-finished laser-cut ornamentation available for those who desire an extra dose of opulence. A large, available heads-up display (HUD) takes centre stage, while the information display area, featuring a 12.3-in. monitor, has been separated from the main operations area. Also, the shift lever has been moved away from the front of the instrument panel to optimize operability and create more space for the driver. But the driver isn’t the only one who benefits from the new interior. Rear-seat occupants are treated to more leg and knee space, and the newly-developed seats offer heating and power reclining features that not only enhance convenience, they also provide a luxury feel and a sense of hospitality and sophistication. An available retractable power panoramic roof enhances the RX’s cabin spaciousness and provides occupants with a refreshing open-air experience.
Under the hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5-litre V6 aiming to deliver 300 hp and comes mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Based on this improved powertrain is the hybrid model’s Atkinson-cycle 3.5-litre V6. And when combined with the electric motor, the total output results in more than 300 hp. And, all RX engines have been tuned to achieve high fuel economy and low carbon emissions.
For those who prefer even more excitement and performance in their luxury utility vehicles, there is the RX F SPORT, which will be available with all of the model’s engine offerings. Lexus vehicles designated with the F SPORT badge are equipped with a number of special visual and performance features that set them apart from other versions. In the RX’s case, the spindle grille and lower centre piece of the rear bumper possess an “F” mesh design, instantly giving the vehicle a sportier flair. New alloy wheels, exclusive to the F SPORT, also help give the RX a commanding presence. Inside,