2023 Lexus RX is fully redesigned, riding on a new platform.
Four available powertrains, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and performance hybrid.
Scheduled to go on sale before the end of the year.
The Japanese brand’s most popular model, the 2023 Lexus RX midsize luxury crossover received a full redesign with new powertrains, a modern new look and upgraded technology. Obviously, a hybrid setup is available just like before, but now, there’s a new plug-in hybrid variant as well.
It all starts with new sheetmetal, unmistakably Lexus, but with some new design touches such as a more pronounced nose and a new interpretation of the marque’s spindle grille. A racy crease curves up from the base of the front door to the rear door handle, while the rear sports full-width taillights and a more aggressive bumper. Wheel sizes range from 19 to 21 inches, and there are 10 hues on the paint colour palette.
Inside, the 2023 Lexus RX boasts a familiar appearance, with an elegant design, a digital driver instrument panel and, new this year, an infotainment touchscreen as big as 14 inches. The doors get electronic latching and there are six interior colour schemes to choose from, which can be spruced up with one of four trimmings, including open-pore wood and dark aluminum.
The RX rides on a new and stiffer platform, and wheelbase has increased by 60 millimetres, while width is up by 25 mm and the roofline is 10 mm lower. Curb weight is down by up to 198 pounds or 90 kilograms. That’s compared to the outgoing regular-length RX, as for now, no news about the return of a stretched RX L. The new generation’s rear overhang has been shorted by 60 mm, but the brand claims an increase in cargo space and a lower load-in height, in addition to more rear-seat legroom.
Although the previous-gen RX could be ordered with a 3.5L V6 and a hybrid 3.5L V6, the redesigned 2023 Lexus RX will offer four different powertrains, each one consisting of a four-cylinder engine. The RX 350 is equipped with a turbocharged 2.4L four that develops 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. In Canada, AWD is standard and the brand estimates a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 seconds and an estimated fuel consumption average of 9.8 L/100 km. In the U.S., the brand estimates a 0-60 mph dash in 7.2 seconds with AWD, 7.5 with in the front-wheel drive variant and a fuel consumption average of 24 mph.
Next up, the RX 350h receives a hybrid system consisting of a naturally aspirated 2.5L four, an electric motor up front, a smaller electric motor at the rear and a continuously variable automatic transmission, good for standard AWD, 246 hp and 233 pound-feet. That’s a lower output than the outgoing RX 450h’s 308 hp, but in Canada, Lexus claims a 0-100 km/h time of 7.6 seconds and a fuel economy average of 7.1 L/100 km. The U.S.-spec variant scoots to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and nets 33 mpg. There’s a new RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid as well, although final specs have yet to be announced.
The big news is the addition of the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F SPORT Performance, equipped with a turbo 2.4L engine, two electric motors and a six-speed automatic that develop a combined 367 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque. The RX 500h should hit 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and boast a fuel consumption average of 9.0 L/100 km, or 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and 26 mpg.
The RX 500h F SPORT Performance also stands out for its sportier exterior appearance, its perforated leather interior trim, suede door trim, F SPORT scuff plates and more.
In Canada, the 2023 Lexus RX will be available in seven grades, including: Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, Executive, F SPORT 1, F SPORT 2 and F SPORT 3. The U.S.-bound RX will get six grades: Standard, Premium, Premium+, Luxury, F SPORT Handling and F SPORT Performance.
No pricing is available yet, but the all-new RX will go on sale in Canada and the United States before the end of 2022.