The 2016 Lexus RX will have its premiere during the second half of 2015, while its release is scheduled shortly after, for the next fall. The new model will come quite redesigned, bringing some new and innovative technologies. Though the manufacturer is trying to keep the new model a secret, we managed to find out some details about the new RX. To start with, there are no indications that the new model will have a drastic exterior redesign. Its looks will only be refreshed and made more modern, but it will be based on the current design. However, the current RX generation looks very powerful and elegant as it is, so we find this move to be quite logical. As for the interior, there are some semi-reliable information about the possible increase in comfort and size. This would be great news, but it is still unconfirmed. On the other hand, such rumors might have risen after the announcement about a possible third row of seats inside the RX, which will be the first time that this model comes with such feature. However, none of these changes will be the star of the new redesign. Reportedly, the 2016 Lexus RX will be made out of aluminum for some parts which will result in its weight loss. Such change will have a great impact on the car’s performance, as well as its fuel efficiency. For now, only some of the elements will be made out of aluminum, but this is a sure sign of a progressive and innovative thinking on the Lexus’ part. As for the powertrain, the information is scarce, but we do not expect big surprises here.
2016 Lexus RX Interior And Exterior Changes
The 2016 Lexus RX will come with a new and refreshed exterior. Like we already mentioned, there is not much information about its future look, but we think it will be a logical sequence to the current design development. The new model will, therefore, come with a similar design basis, which will now be interpreted in a more modern and aggressive way. The new design shouldn’t fall behind the appearances of other models in its market niche, since the current automotive industry has a somewhat prefabricated taste in exterior design. In addition, there are no official reports on the future interior of the new model, so it should be refreshed in a similar manner. The new model will probably come with newest technology gadgets, and some of optional ones might be pushed to the standard package. The reason for such opinion lies in the competition that is always evolving and moving the limits up, so we do not expect Lexus to fall behind.
New Platform And Weight Loss
As for the platform, the 2016 Lexus RX will be underpinned with the same platform that is used for the Toyota Highlander. In addition, the 2016 Lexus RX will come with probably slightly increased dimensions, since there are speculations about it offering a third row of seats for the first time. Also, the new model will shed off some weight, since it will feature some elements made out of aluminum, such as its hood, tailgate and closures. There are also some rumors about the possible use of other lightweight materials, such as carbon-fiber and some composites, for non-structural elements which will increase this loss even more. This new technology will improve the model’s precision, agility and steering, as well as its fuel economy. Also, the current powertrain will provide better performance without any tuning or upgrading. We expect to see more aluminum and lightweight materials used on the future Lexus’ models since such technology is becoming standard in today’s automotive industry.
As for the powertrain, the 2016 Lexus RX will carry over its current engine lineup. Bear in mind, though, that even if the units don’t get a tune up, their performance should improve due to two factors. The first one is that the new SUV now weighs less, meaning that it is easier for the mill to get it moving. This change will also improve the model’s fuel efficiency, and though there are no data on how better it will be, we expect the change to make a difference. The current fuel consumption is somewhere around 30 mpg, which is already an excellent result. The second reason is the fact that the new model will be using an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the current six-speed gearbox. The new transmission will distribute the power better, and it will surely contribute to the RX’s improved performance. Reportedly, the new model will offer both the front-wheel and the all-wheel drive. As for the engines, the 2016 Lexus RX, aside from the V6 unit the model already offers, there are some rumors about a possible new mill. It is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is currently used for the Lexus NX 200t. This engine can generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. As for the hybrid powertrain, the 2016 Lexus RX will carry over its current setup that consists of a 3.5-liter V6 unit and electric motors. The setup should provide 295 horsepower in total. Its fuel economy is quite impressive as it is, and many of the car enthusiasts claim the current model to be among the best, but the new 2016 model will be even more impressive with its lighter body and new transmission.
2016 Lexus RX Release
The 2016 Lexus RX will be released next fall. It will offer three options: the RX 350, the RX 450h and RX F Sport, which is a performance-oriented SUV.