Lexus RX in fourth-generation guise graces New York Auto Show

 Fourth-gen Lexus RX_450h_studio_front 3/4 Lexus has unveiled the all-new RX luxury sport utility at the ongoing New York Auto Show, from 3 – 12 April. The Lexus RX has been the marque’s best-selling variant for 26 years, with an accumulated sales of 2.1 million. There are three RXs in ten vehicles sold by Lexus.

The fourth-generation Lexus RX builds on that trend with a completely new, luxurious interior to match its fresh, new, chiseled body style. Furthermore, safety systems have been enhanced for the new RX with the arrival of the Lexus Safety systems.

Lexus’ unmistakable signature design confirms the new RX as a bonafide luxury SUV

Exterior-wise, the 4th-gen Lexus RX takes on completely new front end that’s highlighted by an emboldened spindle grille, more aggressive front bumper and available triple L-shaped LED headlights. Together with the new LED fog lights and LED DRLs, the RX has a more sophisticated and advanced look. Muscular front fender flares add to the vehicle’s sporty attitude.

When seen from the side, the sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roofline, give the RX a dynamic profile. All of this helps make the vehicle sure-footed at high speed and reduces wind noise. A truly distinctive styling cue is the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a floating roofline never before seen on a Lexus product. Also, newly available 20-inch aluminum wheels with larger tyres improve the vehicle stance and proportions and replace the current generation’s 19-inch options. These 20-inch wheels can also be customized with body color-matching inserts to emphasize the driver’s individuality.

From the rear, the appearance has been sharpened, now exuding a sense of chiseled, rock-solid stability with the design highlighted by LED L-shaped taillights that wrap around the sides of the vehicle, creating a wider, more authoritative presence when illuminated. Finally, integrated dual exhaust pipes have been added to the petrol version for a more premium appearance.

The top flight Lexus RX F Sport takes on a number of special visual and performance features like the spindle grille and lower center piece of the rear bumper with an “F” mesh design and huge 20-inch wheels with graphite finish, which is exclusive to the F Sport.

As always, the exterior of the RX matches the interior fairly succinctly, thanks to high-quality trims and updated amenities such as specially-finished Yamaha laser-cut ornamentation, a color heads-up display on a 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map, leather-clad shift lever, heated outboard rear seats with 60/40 split fold second row, a new retractable power panorama moonroof, and the 11.6-inch dual screens, affixed to the back of the front headrests. For the RX F Sport, the driver is treated to a custom F Sport instrument cluster with a TFT Multi Information Display (MID) as well as a sport steering wheel, featuring perforated leather trim with F Sport emblem and paddle shifters. Exclusive colors and trim pieces are also part of F Sport.

Under the RX 350’s hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5-liter V6 aiming to deliver 300 hp with direct injection, mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Based on this enhanced powertrain is the RX 450h’s Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6. When combined with the electric motor generator, the combined output results in around 300 hp. All RX engines have been tuned in anticipation of high fuel economy ratings and low carbon emissions.

When it comes to delivering precise, controlled handling, the new RX offers impressive dynamic capability. Highlights include a robust chassis and stronger body structure, and depending on versions, standard equipments incorporated are the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) and All-Weather Drive. Handling and stability of the RX is further strengthen by the independent suspension system, with MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup at the rear. Meanwhile, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is available on the RX for the first time on the F Sport version.

The Lexus Safety systems now further enhanced the list of safety features onboard, featuring the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) or Adaptive High-beam system, Lane Keep Assist feature (LKA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Exclusive to the RX F Sport is the active stabilizer system as well as the aforementioned AVS. The AVS enables S+ mode, which in addition to the standard Eco, Normal and Sport settings, gives extra springs to the Lexus RX F Sport.

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