The all-new Lexus RX is described by the manufacturer as having “origami-inspired design cues, a heady mix of sharp creases and curves, with an emboldened spindle grille and a whimsical ‘floating’ roof.”
The new shape certainly is a confident and aggressive one that demands a response, either positive or negative but it doesn’t leave much room for ambivalence. For a luxury crossover SUV we think the new exterior design works well.
The local release will include two RXmodels, namely: the petrol V6-powered RX 350 EX and the petrol-electric hybrid RX 450h in SE guise (that we’ll be test driving soon).
The RX 350 EX features an upgraded 3.5-litre direct injection V6 that develops 221kW and 370Nm (that’s 17kW and 24Nm more than the previous generation) with an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive.
The RX 450h hybrid develops 230kW combined system power (engine and electric motor) – a 10kW increase in combined system power over the previous generation RX 450h – and makes use of CVT transmission and all-wheel-drive.
We’ll keep you posted on our impression of the new RX 450h hybrid as soon as we get behind the wheel.