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Lexus plans to debut new RX in June

Written by Thembani Magazi – May 25, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The all-new 2023 RX has made its first tease appearance thanks to Toyota-owned car maker Lexus. This marks the fifth generation of the RX; a car which started the luxury crossover craze back in the late 90s. The Lexus 2023 RX peeks its fresh new face, sporting its iconic headlights ahead of its debut.

Lexus has been quite busy of late. Recently the smaller, second-generation Lexus NX and the brand’s first bespoke EV, the Lexus RZ 450e were debuted by the company. The RX is set to be heavily upgraded inside and out in an attempt to better rival the German marques and their dominant models the Audi Q7, the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Tough competition indeed. Luckily, designers at Lexus seem to have been working overtime to produce one of the most elegant looking products in Lexus’s range yet.

The image released by Lexus gives a small look at the RX’s new front end. The spindle grille is alive and well, mixing a mostly black mesh design with a partly-blocked-off white panel at the very top. The reshaped headlights feature the iconic check-mark lighting signature yet the headlights themselves remain shrouded in darkness. The prominent intake vent on the edge of the front bumper suggests the teaser image shows an F Sport variant.

Auto Trendy expects the entry level RX350 to have the same turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four as the NX350. Rated at 275 hp, 430 Nm and with an eight-speed auto transmission, the drivetrain is sure to impress. We also expect a hybrid variant dubbed the RX450h. Finally, we believe the RX lineup will feature a plug-in hybrid. We know Toyota applied for the RX500h trademark about two years ago, and since Lexus’s PHEV models are usually named with a “+” at the end, the plug-in variant could be called RX500h+.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Overall, it is likely that Lexus's designers will have pursued a similar evolutionary approach aimed at sustaining the RX's continued popularity (it's the company's most popular model in the US) while emphasizing the brand's renewed push to promote the dynamic appeal of its models. If they continue down this set trajectory, they are likely to remain successful not just with this model, but all models across their range. Perhaps they’ll even have a fighting chance among their German rivals. We haven’t seen much of the new RX beyond some of its front stylings, but it is likely to be a total stunner. Our calendars are set to June 1st.

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