The Lexus RX has been fully redesigned for the 2023 model year.
The Lexus RZ electric crossover is about to hit the North American market.
Mid-cycle refresh for Lexus UX, which goes hybrid only.
Luxury brand Lexus has had a busy 2022 calendar year, with new product launches and the arrival of its first North American-market fully electric vehicle. And several more electrified cars and utility vehicles will come, according to the company.
In fact, by 2025, Lexus will introduce several new models equipped with either plug-in hybrid, fully electric or even hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. In addition, Lexus plans to sell only EVs in North America by 2030. For now, here’s what to expect from the Lexus brand in 2023, with models listed in alphabetical order.
For 2023, the Lexus ES gets the new Lexus Interface infotainment system with either 8.0- or 12.3-inch touchscreens, complete with enhanced voice recognition, connected services and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The ES’ center console has also been redesigned, and there are new interior trimmings as well. Lexus has expanded the availability of F SPORT editions too; the F SPORT Design trim includes a sportier appearance, while F SPORT Handling (still called simply F SPORT in Canada) adds Sport+ and Custom drive modes, a variable damping suspension and extra interior furnishings. The ES 250 AWD is equipped with a 2.5L inline-four that develops 203 horsepower, while the ES 350 is equipped with a 302-hp 3.5L V6 and the ES 300h includes a hybrid system consisting of a 2.5L four and an electric motor for a combined output of 215 horsepower.
The Lexus GX rolls into 2023 with just a few changes. Introduced last year, the limited-run Black Line Special Edition is back, and now includes a surround view monitor. There’s a new paint colour, while two existing hues have been retired. The U.S.-market Luxury trim also receives the Mark Levinson Premium Surround sound system as standard equipment. The GX 460 relies on a 4.6L V8 engine that develops 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, in addition to a four-wheel drive system, good for a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds or 2,947 kilograms. In the U.S., the GX is available in base, Premium and Luxury trim levels in addition to the Black Line Special Edition, while in Canada, the SUV is offered in base, Black Line Special Edition, Premium and Executive variants.
Redesigned for 2021, the Lexus IS introduced the V8-powered IS 500 in 2022, and the sedan gets some more changes for 2023. New is an F SPORT Design variant for the U.S. market, which rounds up the F SPORT’s exterior styling details, but without the sportier interior furnishings and handling enhancements. Meanwhile, the “regular” F SPORT gets a variable damping suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential on RWD variants as well as Sport+ and Custom drive modes. New 19-inch Matte Black BBS wheels are available on the IS 350 F SPORT, as is a limited-run Special Appearance Package that adds a black hood and roof, 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels and a black interior. Meanwhile, the Canadian market continues to offer F SPORT 1, F SPORT 2 and F SPORT 3 grades. The IS 500 also gets an available Special Appearance Package and 19-inch Matte Black BBS wheels. The IS 300 with rear-wheel drive is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four developing 241 horsepower, while the AWD variant moves up to a 3.5L V6 with 260 hp. The IS 350 with RWD or AWD also relies on the V6 engine, but with an output of 311 horsepower, and the IS 500 F SPORT Performance boasts a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 that develops 472 horsepower.
The full-size Lexus LC coupe lineup consists of the LC 500 which gets a 5.0L V8 with 471 horsepower, while the LC 500h features a hybrid powertrain with a combined output of 354 hp. For 2023, the LC gets yet another round of changes to enhance handling characteristics. The Lexus LC Convertible is offered in a single LC 500 trim level with a 471-horsepower 5.0L V8 engine. The LC boasts a power-folding soft top that can be lowered in about 15 seconds and raised in 16, and can be operated while the car is moving at speeds of up to 31 mph or 50 km/h. In Canada, the Inspiration Series is gone, but the new customizable Bespoke Build edition is available on all variants.
The full-size Lexus LS gets one change for 2023, and it’s significant. The Lexus Interface infotainment system is now found in the LS, which ditches the console-mounted touchpad while including voice assistant (summoned by saying “Hey Lexus”), connected services and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The LS 500 is equipped with a 416-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.5L V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LS 500h’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 3.5L V6 and two electric motors for a combined output of 354 hp.
The full-size Lexus LX has been fully redesigned for 2022, riding on a new and lighter platform, and featuring a new 409-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.5L V6 matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission and 4WD, in addition to a revised suspension. The 2023 model year brings no changes, aside from a now-standard heated steering wheel on U.S. models.
Fully redesigned for the 2022 model year, the Lexus NX returns in 2023 with no changes. The base NX 250 gets a naturally aspirated 2.5L four with 203 horsepower, while the NX 350 features a 275-horsepower, turbo 2.4L inline-four. The NX 350h is fitted with a 2.5L four and two electric motors for a total output of 239 horsepower, delivering combined city/highway 39 mpg or 6.0 L/100 km. A new PHEV NX 450h+ variant develops 304 horsepower and boasts 84 mpge or 2.8 Le/100 km, along with an EV-only range of 37 miles or 61 km. The new Lexus NX also receives the latest Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 suite of advanced systems, while F SPORT packages are optional on the NX 350 and NX 450h+. The NX is built in Cambridge, Ontario.
The compact Lexus RC coupe enters the 2023 model year with revised infotainment touchscreens—but not the new Lexus Interface system—and is now equipped as standard with the brand’s LSS+ 2.5 active safety feature suite. The RC 300 RWD (not available in Canada) is equipped with a 241-horesepower turbo 2.0L four, the RC 300 AWD gets a 260-hp 3.5L V6, and the RC 350 RWD/AWD variants rely on a 311-horsepower V6. The high-performance Lexus RC F is equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 that develops 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, connected to a rear-wheel drivetrain. In the U.S., the Fuji Speedway Edition is replaced with the Track Edition, while a Carbon Package adds a carbon fibre roof, rear wing spoiler, lip and air dam spoilers, fin rockers, and lower door mouldings, in addition to carbon fibre interior trim, 19-inch Matte Black wheels and a black leather interior with heated and ventilated seats, along with a heated steering wheel. The 2023 model-year RC F hasn’t yet been announced for the Canadian market.
The midsize Lexus RX has been thoroughly redesigned for the 2023 model year. The RX 350 gets a turbocharged 2.4L four that develops 275 horsepower, while the RX 350h gets a 2.5L four and two electric motors for a combined output of 246 horsepower. Fuel economy ratings are estimated at 37/34/36 mpg or 6.3/6.9/6.5 L/100 km, which are lower than those of the outgoing RX 450h. The 2023 RX 450+ plug-in hybrid is equipped with the same components as the RX 350h, but with a more powerful rear motor and an 18.1 kWh battery pack. Output hasn’t yet been announced, but should be in the vicinity of 300 hp. Also new is the RX 500h F SPORT, a higher-performance variant of the RX, equipped with a turbo 2.4L four, a front motor/generator and a rear electric motor, for a combined output of 366 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The 2023 RX also boasts an all-new interior with the brand’s Lexus Interface infotainment system. The slightly longer, three-row RX 350L and RX 450h L variants are dead.
The first fully electrified model to hit North America is the Lexus RZ. The compact RZ 450e is available in several trim levels, all equipped with all-wheel drive and a two-motor setup that develops a total of 312 horsepower. Its 71.4 kWh battery pack provides a driving range of up to 220 miles or 360 kilometres. The new RZ isn’t yet available as these lines are being written, but should hit the market over the course of the calendar year.
It hasn’t been announced yet, but the Lexus TX should debut sometime in 2023 as a 2024 model. The TX will be a midsize, three-row crossover that carries up to seven passengers, directly replacing the Lexus RXL and possibly replacing the aging, body-on-frame Lexus GX.
The subcompact Lexus UX ditches its UX 200 variant that was equipped with a 169-horsepower, naturally aspirated 2.0L four, meaning the UX is now hybrid-powered only. The UX 250h features a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 181 horsepower, while a third motor is added to the rear axle to create an all-wheel drivetrain. The UX also receives the brand’s new Lexus Interface infotainment system combined with an 8.0- or 12.3-inch touchscreen, along with the LSS+ 2.5 safety suite as standard. Driving pleasure is said to be enhanced with changes to the suspension and steering, while 20 spot welding points have been added to increase structural rigidity. The U.S. market gets eight configurations, including F SPORT Design and F SPORT Handling variants, the former offering a sportier exterior appearance, and the latter getting an Active Variable Suspension with performance-oriented shock absorbers, along with sportier interior furnishings. The Canadian market gets six variants with standard AWD, including a value-minded Elegance Special Edition, along with F SPORT Design, F SPORT 1 and F SPORT 2 trims.