2016 Lexus RX 350, 450, changes

With a sense of style which is hard to beat, the Lexus RX continues to be the most desirable choice in the luxury SUV world. Given today’s increasing popularity of the three row crossovers, its manufacturers think that the RX is a suitable candidate to join this rank. In that case, the RX shall soon undergo thorough refreshment which will include the three rows and other highly anticipated features of a modern car. It will be offered as a 2016 model upon completion.

2016 Lexus RX front

2016 Lexus RX: Exterior and Interior

When Lexus manufacturers commence their work on the new model, it is expected to share a lot of body similarities with the current RX model. However, in order to create space for the extra third row, the 2016 Lexus RX will be a little bit longer than the current model. There are rumors that new car could be offered in a new design altogether. Either way, this new car will still sell since it has a growing demand. Another change is the use of lightweight materials in this car. This has been the trend among many automakers especially those in the luxury segment. The main aim of using lightweight materials has been to reduce the weight of the cars and hence boost fuel economy. Today, most of Lexus models have aluminum hoods apart from the body. In fact, the 2016 Lexus RX manufacturers have stated that they will increase their use of lightweight materials on this new generation such that its hood, the tailgate and its closures shall be made of aluminum.

2016 Lexus RX will be based on the same platform with the latest Toyota Highlander. There shall be five seats which will be placed in two rows with ample seating and leg room space. Also, there are rumors that for the first time, this car will be offered with a seven seat option. Most probably, one version of the RX 350 shall come with three rows of seats which will conveniently accommodate seven passengers. It shall be built in Cambridge, Ontario where the current RX was built from. Again, this model will be offered in the same RX 450h and RX 350 variants but an additional trim level option known as F Sport is expected to be offered. All these variants are expected to come with a standard eight speed automatic transmission. This model will not only come with seven seats potion, but with seats which will be covered with high quality materials to provide a superb feeling. Its entertainment system will also be updated with high quality speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, touch screen and dual zone air conditioning. It will also be equipped with first class safety features which include system stability control and front and side airbags among others.

2016 Lexus RX interior

2016 Lexus RX: Engine

There is no official information about the power-train segment. However, the 2016 Lexus RX 350 is expected to be powered by a 3.5 liter V8 engine which generates 20 horsepower and 240 pounds-feet or torque. 2016 Lexus RX will use either a four wheel or a front wheel drive. There is also a likelihood of a hybrid version but people can only wait to see the actual outcome of this new model.

2016 Lexus RX: Release Date, Price, Competitors

2016 Lexus RX will be launched in fall of 2015 as a 2016 year model while its sales will begin within the first half of 2016. Its price has not been declared but it shall certainly be higher than that of the outgoing model. 2016 Lexus RX is expected to range between $ 42 000 and $ 50 000. Its closest competitors of 2016 Lexus RX  include the BMW X5, Acura MDX and Audi Q5.

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