The current generation of the RX has been on the market in one form or another since 2008, so it is starting to lose some of its market share due to being an old model. Toyota promised a new model a couple years ago but then both Lexus and Toyota decided that this luxury crossover SUV could stay on the market for a few more years before its official rebuild. The 2016 Lexus RX will actually be launched on a brand new platform which will use a similar design to the older one but with lighter and more durable materials. We expect that Toyota will officially presented Lexus RX 2016 at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April.
2016 Lexus RX redesign
Lexus RX 2016 changes
The 2016 Lexus RX exterior hasn’t been revealed just yet to the public but it might impress us. From spy shots we can notice that Lexus will go for a more aerodynamic and aggressive look which will take design cues from the current range of the IS as well as some of their sportier cars. The front of the Lexus RX 2016 will feature LED headlights and fog-lights while the back will get a new exhaust system integrated into the bumper.
Lexus RX 2016 interior
2016 Lexus RX interior will be completely changed and it will most likely be based on that of the new IS. This not only means that this luxury crossover SUV will have better interior quality but it also means that the equipment level will be higher. Standard equipment will include satellite navigation, premium cloth upholstery which will be able to be changed to leather upholstery for no charge, heated and ventilated front seats as well as an infotainment system. The Lexus RX 2016 will have plenty of optional equipment that will include a panoramic roof, premium stitching on the upholstery and also a bigger screen for the satellite navigation as well as a 15 speaker audio system.
2016 Lexus RX specs
Engine wise, the new RX should get a whole new range of engines. There are two possibilities for it. The car either gets very similar engines to the older model, meaning inefficient V6 engines and a hybrid which could be improved or it will get a whole new range of engines. This will include a 2.0-liter BMW supplied inline-4 which will provide up to 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque which is better than the older engine. Thanks to the turbocharger, Lexus RX 2016 will also be more fuel efficient, so 30 MPG on average shouldn’t be out of the question. The hybrid version on the other hand might get a smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged engine which would provide around 180 horsepower by itself while with the help of the electric motors, 250 horsepower should be easy to achieve.
2016 Lexus RX release date and price
The 2016 Lexus RX should be unveiled at next New York Auto Show in April. Until then we can only assume release date for this luxury crossover SUV, but it should be sometime in summer of 2015. Its base price will not change. This means the base Lexus RX 2016 will cost around $36,000 while a fully equipped one will set you back more than $45,000 US dollars.
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