The Lexus RX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV sold since 1998 by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. Lexus has shown that it has once again redefined the luxury sport utility segment with the unveiling of the all new RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The 2016 RX is built with a completely new, luxurious interior to match it's fresh, new, chiseled body style. The large dose of the Lexus brand DNA that's been artfully incorporated into the details can not only be seen, but also felt. The new fourth-generation RX also boasts exceptional on road performance and safety technologies that include the innovative Lexus Safety System+. With the new Lexus Safety System+, the company offers drivers an added level of occupant safety in a conveniently bundled package that leverages some of the latest accident prevention technology. The company expects the proliferation of these features to continue throughout the luxury vehicle market and their Lexus lineup as the industry remains steadfast in the pursuit of enhanced vehicle safety.
The RX with all new sheet metal, makes a powerful visual statement at first glance. A completely new front end is highlighted by an emboldened spindle grille, more aggressive front bumper and available triple L-shaped LED headlamps. Together with the all new LED fog lamps and LED daytime running lights, the RX has a more sophisticated and advanced look. Muscular front fender flares add to the vehicle's sporty attitude. When viewed from the side, the sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roof-line, give the RX a dynamic profile. All of this helps make the vehicle sure-footed at high speeds and reduces wind noise. A truly distinctive styling cue is blacked out. C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a floating roof-line never before seen on a Lexus product. Also, newly available 20 inch aluminum wheels, with larger tires improve the vehicle stance and proportions and replace the current model's 19 inch options. These 20 inch wheels can also be customized with body color matching inserts to emphasize the driver's individuality.
The new RX's rear appearance has been sharpened, now exuding a sense of chiseled, rock-solid stability with design highlighted by LED L-shaped taillights that wrap around the sides of the vehicle, creating a wider, more authoritative presence when illuminated. When lit, a brilliant glow spans laterally from the body to the back door, a Lexus first. Integrated dual exhaust pipes have been added to the gas model for a premium appearance.
RX's new luxurious cabin with elegant, high-quality exudes warmth and class. An available color HUD(Head Up Display)projects pertinent vehicle information to the driver's windshield, while the information display area, featuring an available 12.3-inch monitor with full screen map, is situated atop the center stack. The shift lever, complete with leather boot, has been positioned away from the instrument panel to optimize use and create more space for the driver. Rear seat occupants are treated to more leg and knee space. The RX now offers heated outboard rear seats and a power folding second row, to enhance comfort and convenience. A newly available retractable power panorama moon roof enhances the RX cabin's spaciousness and provides occupants with a refreshing open air experience. The available rear seat entertainment system now includes 11.6 inch dual screens, affixed to the back of the front headrests.
Under the RX 350's hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5 litre V6 aiming to deliver 300hp 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 litre V6. When combined with the electric motor generator, the combined output results in around 300hp. 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. The RX's fully independent suspension system, which consists of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup at the rear. This has been tuned and reinforced to enhance handling, while keeping ride quality remarkably smooth. The RX is available with exclusively designed Michelin Premier tires featuring Ever Grip technology. This technology has a high traction compound, expanding rain grooves that widen over time and emerging grooves which open as the tire wears.
For Lexus, its RX family of crossovers isn't broken and doesn't need fixing. The 2016 Lexus RX marks the crossover's 17th year in production. There's still some time to wait for the prices to be revealed. Overall the vehicle has a new transformation and it's set with all that other present SUV's are equipped with, so it's surely an SUV competitor making an entry into the scene soon.
A refined RX is visible, available with all the present trending technology equipped in it.
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