2023 Lexus RX – Lexus has announced it will use hybrid technologies to play an even bigger role in the fifth generation of its Lexus RX SUV, which is expected to be available in U.S. dealerships by the time of 2022. It means that a new RX 450hwith a plug-in hybrid added to the lineup, with specifics to be announced “at a later time,” according to Lexus. The luxury brand has revealed information about the other models and it seems that is the reason why the gasoline V-6 which has been a standard in the lineup of luxury crossovers from the beginning will be eliminated. Instead, the lineup comprises three engines including the gasoline 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that produces 317 lb-ft of torque for the RX 350 as well as a hybrid model with the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes a total of 246 HP and 233 lbft of torque as well as the 2.4-liter “Turbo Hybrid” system producing a total of 367 horsepower and 406 lb-ft torque in the RX 500h F Sport Performance.
All three versions are predicted to yield EPA together values of 24, 33, and 26 mpg respectively as well as 0-60 mph times that range from 7.2, 7.4, and 5.9 seconds. Each model comes with an all-wheel drive. However, the non-hybrid base model can be found in front-wheel-drive form. Its RX 350 has an 8-speed automatic transmission, and F Sport Performance comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. F Sport Performance gets a 6-speed auto transmission as part of “a new hybrid-electric system designed for the Lexus brand”–including the high output rear motor, inverter as well as a reduction gearbox. Although it is similar to the system Toyota created specifically for its RAV4 Prime, it really is distinct. It uses a variant of the technology that Lexus calls Direct4 that connects directly an electric motor with high torque both to the rear and front wheels, providing instantaneous responses from the motor system, paired with the power from the gasoline engine. Furthermore, Lexus says that the RX 500h will have six-piston brake calipers, as well as more of an F Sport design package, comprising a grille with mesh with 21-inch aluminum wheels, aluminum pedals, and a leather-trimmed interior.
2023 Lexus RX Redesign
Inside, the latest RX models come with 14.0-inch touchscreens with a head-up display, an encased glass roof, as well as an electronic locking system for doors that integrates with security systems. The RX family is now equipped with a multi-link rear suspension. the models are built using the “new” global platform it’s called GA-K, which Lexus claims give more legroom. The new model is based on the 2.4-inch longer wheelbase as well as a 2.4-inch smaller rear overhang and there is a minimal difference in overall dimensions between the old and new model. The load height in the rear is also lower, which enhances the cargo capacity.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A bigger 14.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment is located right in the middle of the new dashboard of the RX. Much like its small NX SUV, the RX is slightly angled towards the driver and utilizes Lexus’s most recent software interface. Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto, will be standard but other features like navigation as well as a head-up display and an audio system from Mark Levinson are available as an option.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Lexus provides a variety of standard driver-assistance features on its new vehicles and SUVs including its 2023 RX will be no exception. The RX’s automated emergency brake system is able to detect motorcyclists and pedestrians, and all models come with adaptive cruise controls and the ability to adjust the lane centering. For more information on the RX’s crash test results go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. The most important safety features are:
- Standard automated emergency brake with cyclist and pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and assistance for keeping the lane
- The standard adaptive cruise control, with the ability to center the lane
Engine & Specs
It is expected that the 2023 RX will come with more than four engines, beginning with the RX350 base model, which comes with a 275-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The model is equipped with an 8-speed auto and front-wheel drive, as the standard option, however, all-wheel drive is available as an option. The RX350h hybrid combines electric motors and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 246 horsepower. It also is equipped with an automatic transmission that is continuously variable (CVT) along with an all-wheel drive. The RX500h F Sport Performance combines the turbocharged 2.5-liter and electric motor to create 367 horsepower. it makes use of the Lexus Direct4 system to channel the force to each of the 4 wheels. The plug-in hybrid model, dubbed RX450h+, will come into the lineup later on, and even though Lexus hasn’t announced specs regarding it yet, we’re expecting to get the same powertrain of 302 horsepower as models like the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Lexus NX450h+SUVs.
The trim levels for the models with lower trim levels will include base, premium, and Premium+ trim levels, as well as F Sport Handling The RX500h F Sports Performance will be high-end of the line. 19.2-inch tires are the standard throughout the range with 21-inch wheels available. The interior has been redesigned to look like the NX’s interior and includes an additional 14.0-inch touchscreen running Lexus the latest infotainment technology. The interior color options include six hues of brown and red, as well as open-pore bamboo aluminum trims, and open-pore wood is also available.
2023 Lexus RX Release Date & Price
We expect that the 2023 RX’s price base is likely to increase a bit compared to the RX350’s initial $46,995 price. The RX350h hybrid will likely begin at about $50,000 and the RX450h+ is expected to be closer to $60,000. There’s no previous precedent of this RX500h F Sport Performance model, therefore we shouldn’t be too surprised to see the model go to the $75,000 mark. Lexus claims that the new RX will be available by the end of this year.