The 2016 Lexus RX is the latest model to receive company’s new design language and those who will attend the 2015 New York Auto Show will be able to see the new model in flesh. Lexus says that its new model will redefine the luxury sport utility segment and looking on the photos we believe the same thing.
The first visual impact with the vehicle shows the new emboldened spindle grille, an aggressive front bumper as well as the available triple L-shaped LED headlamps. Moreover, the front end features new LED fog lamps and LED daytime running lights, but also muscular front fender flares. Seen from the side, the 2016 Lexus RX shows a sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roofline.
The most distinctive design elements are the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a floating roofline, something never seen before on a Lexus vehicle. Also new are the 20-inch aluminum wheels with larger tires, which replace the current 19-inch options. The Japanese manufacturer says that the 20-inch wheels can be customized with body color-matching inserts.
The rear end features LED L-shaped taillights, integrated dual exhaust pipes for the gas model. Inside, there is an available color heads-up display (HUD) that shows vehicle information to the driver’s windshield, as well as an available 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map. Rear-seat passengers receive more leg and knee space, but also the available rear seat entertainment system which now includes 11.6-inch dual screens.
Under the hood, the 2016 Lexus RX 350 gas model uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 300 hp and it is bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2016 Lexus RX 450h features the Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine, combined with an electric motor generator. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 300 hp. Lexus says that all engines found on its new RX were tuned to deliver high fuel economy ratings and low carbon emissions.
Other highlights of the 2016 RX include the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), while Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is available on select models. In the United States, the 2016 RX will be available with Michelin Premier tires, specifically designed tires that features EverGrip technology.
EverGrip tech means that the tire features a high traction compound which expands rain groovers that widen over time and emerging groovers which open as the tire wears. 2016 Lexus RX F Sport models will be offered for those who want to be noticed and only on AWD versions.
F Sport pack includes special visual and performance features such as an “F” mesh design for the spindle grille and lower center piece of the rear bumper, 20-inch alloy wheels with graphite finish, custom F Sport instrument cluster with a TFT Multi Information Display (MID), a sport steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather trim, an F Sport badge and paddle shifters. [source: Lexus]