The Lexus RX SUV has entered its fifth generation with a new design, new powertrains, greater performance and refined luxury. The new range will include the introduction of a new high-performance hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in select markets.
The new RX is spearheaded by a new F Sport hybrid hero in the new RX 500h F Sport Performance, powered by Lexus’ first turbocharged HEV 2.4-litre engine with high-output eAxle rear motor.
In addition to its technologically advanced new hybrid powertrain, the high-end variant has a sophisticated DIRECT4 all-wheel drive force system using electrification technology, as debuted on the RZ 450e.
Greater handling, stability and driving enjoyment are bolstered by six-piston front brakes, adaptive variable suspension, dynamic rear steering and 21-inch aluminium wheels, which combine to add a new dynamic layer to the Lexus Driving Signature.
Additional powertrains announced in the global reveal include a turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol engine, 2.5-litre HEV delivering low fuel consumption and a 2.5-litre PHEV with class-leading EV cruising range and powerful acceleration performance.
Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be offered in the new RX, which retains its overall length, but offers an increased wheelbase, adding additional interior space and an improved rear luggage compartment.
It’s wider than before, with a slight height reduction. These footprint changes, together with a 15mm reduction in centre of gravity and overall weight reduction by 90kg, contribute to safer and more faithful driving performance.
Front suspension is via MacPherson struts while the rear uses a newly developed multi-link arrangement system that efficiently transmits drive force to the road, while enabling smooth vehicle posture changes.
The suspension’s upper arm position and shape prevents the body side members from protruding into the interior, creating more efficient interior space. Optimising the shock absorber positioning and suspension mount bushing also improves characteristics.
Highly rigid die-cast aluminium is used for the steering to ensure more linear steering response, while improved manufacturing processes play a significant role in keeping toe, camber and roll steer more precise to maximise dynamic performance.
Powertrains and model configurations for the Australian market are yet to be confirmed, with local specifications, pricing and an on-sale date set to be announced later this year.