2023 Lexus RX Debuts With Revised Styling, New Powertrain, Added Safety Features
By Pratik Rakshit
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01-Jun-22 11:13 PM IST
- 2023 Lexus RX debuts for the North American market.
- The fifth generation Lexus RX adds new variants to the range.
- Lexus has added a new Performance Pack to RX 500h F Sport.
The new Lexus RX features a refreshed front section with the Lexus spindle now redesigned into a honeycomb mesh that runs from below the Lexus logo at the centre to the lower section of the bumper. The sculpted bonnet line adds depth to the fascia. The headlamps are sleeker and house the LED DRLs, below which is a smoked element on the lower section. The Lexus RX also grows in its stance with a larger set of 19-inch alloy wheels finished in dark grey machined finish with a body-coloured over-fenders. Lexus is also offering a pair of 21-inch alloy wheels. In profile, the rear door flares up reminiscing a 3D effect. The black panel on the C-Pillar looks appealing. At the back, the 2023 Lexus RX looks wider now thanks to the signature L-shaped light bar lamp around the sides of the body. Lexus is offering the 2023 RX in 10 exterior paint schemes- Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Iridium, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Copper Crest, Nori Green Pearl, Nightfall Mica, and Grecian Water.
Inside, the cabin of the 2023 Lexus RX follows a human-centered design with controls tuned towards convenience. A prime example is the opening of the door with a touch of the e-Latch system. The cabin comes in several options- Macadamia, Black, Birch, Palomino, Peppercorn, and Rioja Red. The roominess element is accentuated by the sunroof while ambient lighting enhances the overall experience. For the driver, Lexus offers steering mounted controls, a HUD, and navigation along that displays on the 14-inch touchscreen.
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The new GA-K platform has also cleverly liberated space on the inside, with no real change in its proportions. Although, the distance between the front and rear seats has increased resulting in extra legroom for the rear passengers. The wheelbase has increased by 60 mm, but the rear overhangs are shorter now by 60 mm. The crossover is now 90 kg lighter and that's mainly due to optimisation of the chassis components. The rear section of the platform features an all-new multi-link suspension design, attached to a rigid high-torsion rear body frame that stiffens up the travel during acceleration, deceleration, and steering moments.
With the 2023 model, the Lexus RX receives a hybrid powertrain, a first in the segment. The company is offering two electrified powertrains and a single turbocharged unit. The RX 350 comes in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive set-up, powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine developing 272 bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque, paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2023 Lexus RX 350h comes powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine developing 242 bhp and 316 Nm, coupled with an 8-speed CVT unit. The third is the high-performance version, the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance, that draws power from a 2.4-litre turbo-charged hybrid motor producing 361 bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque. This unit is paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 5.9 seconds, slower than its rival Audi Q7 but quicker than the BMW X5.
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