One of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class is definitively the new 2023 Lexus RX model. This model offers plenty of standard safety tech and a very comfortable ride. On top of that, its exterior is refreshed, and we like every line of this SUV.
However, despite its sporty appearance, the RX SUV still lacks the athleticism we saw from its European rivals. A 3.5-liter V-6 powers models that are badged with RX350 nameplate, while the more fuel-efficient RX450h uses V6 and two electric motors. We expect all variants of SUVs to arrive sometime next year as 2023 models. Here’s is everything that we know so far about this fantastic model.
2023 Lexus RX Facelift
The design of the new 2023 Lexus RX will be reportedly refreshed. In general, the current generation is very modern and competitive. For 2023, the manufacturer will make some changes on the front, and RX should host a more massive grille and thinner LED headlights.
We also expect some changes on the back, including new taillights and on the side more stylish wheels are must. BlackLine edition will be available as well, and as the name suggests, this model will bring a lot of black elements. Basically, we can expect black wheels, grille, and side mirror housings. Also, more paint choices should be available, such as Cloudburst Gray and Iridium, plus Grecian Water for F Sport variants.
German rivals have a nicer tech, while 2023 Lexus RX is still behind them in this department. However, the Lexus RX remains to be one of the most comfortable models in class that has much to offer for invested money. The regular RX 350 provides 16 cubic feet behind, while 40/20/40 split/folding rear seats double it with 32.6 cubic feet. The long-wheelbase/3-row is also available, offering 58.5 cubic feet.
The old infotainment system of 8-inch will be replaced with the new one, and we expect standard equipment like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth, voice control, and a 9-speaker audio setup. Safety features are plentiful, and RX including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.
2023 Lexus RX Powertrain Specs
Like the previous generation, buyers can choose their RX with two different engines. The standard models RX 350, RX 350 F Sport are powered by a potent 3.5-liter V-6, producing 295 horses. However, the same configuration is under the RX 350L, RX 350L F Sport, delivering less output of 290 hp.
Anyway, the most fuel-efficient model is the RX450h that comes with the V-6 plus two electric motors. This unit produces 259 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The RX sends drive to the front wheels (FWD) through an 8-speed automatic transmission in standard form, while All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional.
When Can We Expect the New Lexus RX?
The new 2023 Lexus RX models will definitively bring many improvements over the previous generation. First of all, buyers can expect a much better design and an even more comfortable cabin.
As far as we know, the Lexus will probably introduce the new model sometime in 2022, while sales might starts soon after. Anyway, we expect both models to cost significantly more. The current RX350 begins at $45,320, while RX450h is over $48,000. Potential rivals of the new RX are models such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Volvo XC90.