The new Lexus RX is ready.  It has hybrid and turbo, max four cylinder and high price

The new Lexus RX is ready. It has hybrid and turbo, max four cylinder and high price


After seven years on the market, the Lexus central SUV has a completely new, fifth generation. The transition to the GA-K platform allowed for slight changes in interior dimensions and more powerful driving, but above all, to introduce the new technology needed here.

Although the Lexus RX, manufactured since 1998, was one of the first luxury SUVs on the market, its popularity in Europe did not exceed a small group of fans. So, from our point of view, it may be difficult to imagine, but it is the most famous example of this brand in the worldwhich accounts for about a quarter of its global sales.

Now the Japanese concern wants to expand the RX customer group also in markets such as Poland thanks to the brand new generation, the fifth, which has More modern equipment, more car options and more dynamic characterbetter suited to the taste of drivers in our part of the world.

Lexus RX 500h (2023)
Photo source: © photo Lexus Europe

Lexus RX 500h (2023)

This change in behavior has already been announced by the new exterior design. It has clear references to its predecessor, such as the characteristic window line broken on the D-pillar, however, new stylistic solutions have appeared, such as a light strip that extends across the entire width of the rear (now available in all car SUVs). print) and a shape with a modified number.

The body is now slightly lower and 2.5 cm wide. The height remained the same, but wheelbase increased by 6 cm. This is always good news for drivability and cabin space. It did not need to be repaired much – only the capacity of the luggage compartment was poor.

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So, out of these 6 cm, only 1 cm was given for more space for the passengers of the rear seats, and the boot was increased by 5 cm. Unfortunately, what was gained in the increased height was lost in the reduced width due to the new suspension. Informally, I was able to discover that The volume of this space has not changed much compared to its predecessor, which was a disappointing 453 liters.. Also, unofficially, I heard that the seven-person variant is not planned.

The RX design is accompanied by the brand’s new, sharper styling introduced by Lexus innovations: The second generation NX and electricity RZ. Their design also changed the design of the grill, which shows the powerful electricity of the drives. The RX model has been able to be equipped with a hybrid drivetrain for 17 years, but this generation is the first to offer only those options.

Lexus RX 500h (2023)
Photo source: © photo Lexus Europe

Lexus RX 500h (2023)

Lexus RX 2022: available as a standard hybrid 350h, 450h + plug-in and powerful hybrid 500h turbo

We already know two systems from the new Lexus NX. The first is the 350h, where the 2.5 liter petrol engine and electric unit together produce 245 HP. This is enough to achieve performance at the level of the RX 450h leaving the market with better economy. This is reflected in the figures of acceleration to 100 km / h in 8 seconds and average fuel consumption of 6.4-6.7 l / 100 km.

The second option is a plug-in driver that is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. It is also based on a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, but thanks to a more efficient electric part, the power of the entire system is 306 hp, and acceleration to 100 km / h takes 7 seconds. Thanks to a battery with a capacity of 18.1 kWh, RX 450h + is to travel on electricity alone up to 65 km and accelerate in electric mode at a speed of 135 km / h.

Lexus RX 500h (2023)
Photo source: © photo Lexus Europe

Lexus RX 500h (2023)

However, the name of the top version of the car is not a plug-in, but RX 500h. And in it we will not find a V6 engine, but the first hybrid system with a turbocharged gasoline engine. However, switching to a turbo does not mean a significant reduction in Lexus (the displacement has dropped from 2.5 to 2.4 liters), which is more powerful.

This drive produces a total of 371 hp, of which all 109 hp is due to the electric motor mounted on the rear axle. I learned from behind the scenes talks that the maximum torque in the approval tests is to be more than 640 Nm. The efficient transfer of all this to the wheels is also not guaranteed by the e-CVT, but by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Another interesting fact: this version is equipped permanent all-wheel driveeven if there is no physical connection between the axes. Lexus calls this system Direct4. I explained how it works in the following material as early as 2020, when the Japanese manufacturer revealed to me the first details related to it:

All these efforts were made for a specific purpose – making the new RX more powerful to drive. The new design has a center of gravity 1.5 cm lower than its predecessor, and the RX 500h F Sport – the only version available with this drive option – comes with powerful brakes and a four-wheel steering system as standard (rear wheels come in. direction opposite to the front wheels) to a maximum of 4 degrees).

Lexus RX 500h (2023)
Photo source: © photo Lexus Europe

Lexus RX 500h (2023)

Was it enough to revive the economical yet quiet Lexus SUV? Acceleration to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds gives hope to other driving sensations. You can read about how the RX is doing on Autocult at the end of the year. The production of the new generation will start in October and we should know the Polish prices of this model closer to this date.

Right now however, it can be expected that it will be more expensive, not just because the cheaper, non-hybrid version of the RX 200t has been phased out. However, this should not come as a surprise to Polish customers who have already received the new NX model very well and are buying an increased pool of the descending RX generation. The first copies of the delivered car will be delivered from the Japanese factory on the Vistula River in the first quarter of 2023.

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