Lexus has taken wraps off the 2016 Lexus RX at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, driving the premium crossover into its fourth-generation. The RX is the brand’s best-selling model in its 26-year history. With 2.1 million RXs playing on the road, the model represents three out of its every ten vehicles sold.
The new-generation model is not a radical departure, but certainly gets the makeover it needed. The front-end features triple L-shaped LED headlamps, new spindle grille design with chrome-finished border and redesigned fog lights. The front wings continue to the grey muscular wheel arches. Noteworthy features on the side include skewing roofline, 20-inch aluminum (alloy on Sport models) wheels and blacked-out C-pillars. The rear features new L-shaped taillights that take up some part of the tailgate.
The fourth-generation model will be available (depending on the market), with a 300 hp 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine which is paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A full hybrid model will also be available, with an improved, Atkinson cycle 3.5-litre V6. The conventional petrol engine and the electric motor will produce a combined output of around 300 hp. Both petrol and hybrid powertrains have been tuned for more fuel economy and lower carbon emissions.
The cabin is now more luxurious and more spacious. There’s a 12.3-inch display for the infotainment system and a heads-up display that projects vehicle information onto the driver-side windshield. The increased wheelbase provides more legroom and knee-room for rear seat passengers. The rear seat passengers can get even more comfortable, with power recline adjustment and heaters. Safety and assistance systems include Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive High Beam System, Panoramic View Monitor and Blind Spot Monitor system.
The 2016 Lexus RX will be built at the company’s plants in Japan and Ontario, Canada. Sales of the new crossover in the U.S. and Europe, including the UK, will commence in late 2015. The all-new RX will reach the Australian shores in 2016.