Autofocus: 2023 Lexus RX European Version
The fifth generation of the Lexus RX, a trailblazer in the realm of luxury SUVs, boasts a fresh design, innovative powertrains, enhanced performance, and elevated luxury. Explore the intricate visual nuances of the 2023 Lexus RX – European Version gallery by scrolling upwards. The Lexus RX is a mainstay in the highly competitive Midsize Luxury SUV segment, and the advancement in this new offering ensures its favorable status.
Within the entirely redesigned RX, Lexus persistently advances the Lexus Driving Signature of its foundational model by meticulously enhancing the vehicle’s core elements. This evolution maintains the sophisticated ride quality and the hallmark tranquility that form the essence of the Lexus brand.
Representing a significant stride in the Lexus Electrified vision, the all-new RX enters its fifth generation with a focus on advanced hybrid technology. This includes the introduction of a high-performance hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) available in select global markets.
Leading the charge is the RX 500h F Sport Performance, a new F Sport hybrid hero equipped with Lexus’ inaugural turbocharged HEV 2.4-litre engine and a high-output eAxle rear motor. This powerhouse is further enhanced by the sophisticated DIRECT4 all-wheel drive force system, a technology first showcased in the RZ 450e, Lexus’ premier battery electric vehicle (BEV) on a dedicated platform.
The RX 500h F Sport Performance not only boasts a technologically advanced hybrid powertrain but also incorporates features like six-piston front brakes, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), and 21-inch aluminum wheels. These elements synergize to introduce a dynamic layer to the Lexus Driving Signature, enhancing handling, stability, and overall driving enjoyment.
Other powertrain options unveiled include a turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol engine, a fuel-efficient 2.5-litre HEV, and a potent 2.5-litre PHEV with a class-leading electric vehicle (EV) cruising range and robust acceleration performance. Both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations will be available, with specifics for the Australian market yet to be confirmed.
Despite maintaining an overall length of 4,890mm, the all-new RX prioritizes interior space, increasing the wheelbase by 60mm and the distance between front and rear hip points by 12mm. The rear luggage compartment receives an additional 50mm. Dimensional changes also include a 25mm increase in overall width, 15mm widening of the front track, and a 45mm extension of the rear track. The overall height is reduced by 10mm to 1,695mm.
These alterations, coupled with a 15mm reduction in the center of gravity and a weight reduction of 90kg, contribute to a safer and more faithful driving performance. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and a newly developed multi-link arrangement system at the rear, ensuring efficient drive force transmission to the road and facilitating smooth vehicle posture changes.
Lexus, having sold over 3.5 million RX units in 95 countries and regions, with over 40,000 in Australia since its 2003 debut, positions the all-new RX as the next evolution in the brand’s commitment to electrification. The vehicle aims to embody the Lexus Driving Signature, offering dynamic, enjoyable, and faithful performance.
New F Sport Performance continues the evolution
The 500h F Sport Performance, featuring the enhanced 2.4-litre turbocharged HEV powertrain, elevates the driving experience beyond the standard F Sport package, incorporating key technical elements that significantly enhance the dynamics of the Lexus Driving Signature.
The front brakes are equipped with aluminum monoblock opposed six-piston brake calipers, ensuring a linear and direct brake feel. Introducing Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), the system can steer the rear wheels up to four degrees in the opposite or same direction as the front wheels, depending on the vehicle speed.
At low speeds, this technology enhances turning and maneuverability during cornering, while at higher speeds, it ensures a remarkable level of vehicle stability. Handling performance sees further enhancements through the use of model-specific tires, featuring a bespoke compound, and distinctive 21-inch wheels.
The exclusive exterior design of the 500h F Sport Performance includes body-colored lower panels accentuating the lower center of gravity, black stainless-steel moldings to enhance window design graphics, and 21-inch aluminum wheels that contribute to a more refined and powerful driving image.
The 2.4-litre turbocharged HEV also incorporates Active Noise Control, effectively eliminating typical noise characteristics of a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, ensuring a pleasant driving experience complemented by a distinctive Lexus sound.
The drive force control of the DIRECT4 system utilizes information from wheel speed, acceleration, and steering angle sensors to optimize the distribution ratio of drive force between the front and rear wheels (ranging from 100:0 to 20:80, front to rear). This optimization enhances start-up acceleration, handling stability, and fuel economy.
The system ensures traction and suppresses vehicle pitch by distributing drive force towards the front (ranging from 70:30 to 50:50) during steering initiation and shifting towards the rear (ranging from 50:50 to 20:80) when exiting a corner. This configuration delivers exhilarating cornering performance, allowing the RX to navigate turns with smooth precision.
Diverse powertrain choices for diverse customer needs
The new RX presents a comprehensive range of powertrains designed to cater to the diverse needs of customers across global markets.
Incorporating the 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-four hybrid system, the RX 500h takes center stage in the lineup, offering a harmonious blend of power and efficiency. Expanding the global offering, the lineup includes the RX 450h+, equipped with a 2.5-litre inline-four plug-in hybrid system. This variant not only delivers a class-leading electric vehicle (EV) range but also boasts powerful acceleration performance.
The RX 350h features a 2.5-litre inline-four hybrid system, striking a balance between low fuel consumption and an exhilarating driving experience. On the other hand, the RX 350, powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine, stands out with its torque-rich dynamic driving performance, adding a spirited dimension to the lineup.
Both the 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and the 2.4-litre turbocharged models offer the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), providing enhanced traction and control. Meanwhile, the 2.5-litre hybrid (HEV) is versatile, available in either AWD or front-wheel drive (FWD) configurations, catering to different driving preferences.
It’s worth noting that specific powertrains and model configurations for the Australian market are still pending confirmation, indicating that further details tailored to the preferences and requirements of the Australian market will be disclosed at a later date.
The pursuit of a unique visual identity and dynamic proportions
Since its global debut in 1997, the RX has consistently led the way in luxury crossovers, placing a strong emphasis on both power and sophistication. Aligning with the recent introductions of the Lexus NX and the Lexus LX, as well as the April unveiling of the RZ BEV, the RX continues to carve out a distinct identity with optimized proportions that convey a sense of dynamic driving.
This commitment to a dynamic driving experience is evident in the all-new RX, featuring an extended wheelbase, a lowered center of gravity, and widened front and rear tracks, resulting in a more grounded stance. The side profile showcases a lengthened appearance, emphasized by the elevated tip of the hood and the rearward placement of the A-pillar’s base. The lowered rear edge of the back window further contributes to this elongated aesthetic.
From the rear, a clean and robust horizontal sweep creates a broad and low look, highlighting the lowered center of gravity and exuding a sense of power and solidity. The L-shaped signature rear lenses wrap around the sides of the body, accentuating a wider and lower silhouette.
The iconic spindle design at the front has evolved into a three-dimensional expression known as the spindle body. The front design incorporates the body color down to the lower edge of the Lexus emblem, underscoring the robustness of the design, while the grille continues to fulfill its cooling functionality.
F Sport models boast an exclusive front bumper, conveying a wide and low stance that contributes to aerodynamic performance. Additionally, F Sport models feature distinctive 21-inch aluminum wheels. The grille showcases an exclusive mesh pattern and adopts a seamless design, blending the boundary between the body and the mesh grille to establish a new and unique F Sport identity. Standard on F Sport models, six-piston brake calipers enhance the braking experience, providing a more linear and direct brake feel along with precise deceleration.
An interior promoting comfort and enjoyment
The RX’s interior is rooted in the Tazuna concept, embodying a human-centric design philosophy that fosters an intuitive connection between the driver and the car. This philosophy aims to enhance the driver’s focus on driving while simultaneously creating a spacious and open interior that caters to all passengers.
The steering wheel switches are seamlessly integrated with the head-up display, enabling the driver to keep their eyes forward and concentrate on driving. Navigation, audio, and various functions can be effortlessly operated without requiring extra eye movement or dealing with complicated switch functions.
The center display offers a choice between 14-inch or 9.8-inch dimensions for its integrated functions. Designers meticulously considered details such as the size, shape, layout, and information of the icons, striving for optimal placement and shape to facilitate intuitive operation. The frequency of use for each function was also taken into account during the design process.
The instrument panel and dashboard design promote a broad horizontal space that envelops all passengers. The multi-colored illumination around the instrument panel contributes to a spacious and immersive atmosphere, particularly at night. Models equipped with a panoramic roof enhance the sense of expansiveness, offering a sweeping front-to-back view.
The new platform increases the distance between the front and rear hip points by 12mm compared to the previous model, resulting in expanded rear-seat space. The lowered floor, along with the carefully shaped scuff and center pillar cover, ensures ample space for both front and rear seats, facilitating easy entry and exit.
The rear luggage space benefits from a 50mm lengthening due to a thinner hatch door, and the load height is reduced by 30mm, optimizing overall luggage space usability.
A triple-zone independent temperature control system allows for specific temperature adjustments for the driver, front passenger, and rear-seat occupants. Seat warmers are available for both front and rear seats, with the option for air-conditioned seats.
The interior palette offers five color options, while a new metallic exterior color, Sonic Copper, is introduced, expanding the exterior color choices to a total of 10.
Advanced safety technologies based on the human-centered concept
Lexus remains committed to advancing safety technologies with the ultimate goal of achieving zero fatalities and injuries from road accidents.
Built on the principle that it is crucial to swiftly develop cutting-edge advanced safety technologies and integrate them into a broader range of vehicles, Lexus Safety System +3 was promptly introduced for the all-new RX, following its implementation in the RZ.
The Proactive Driving Assist (PDA) is a key component of this safety system. It offers tailored support based on driving situations and optimal control in alignment with the driver’s conditions. Working in tandem with the driver monitor, PDA plays a crucial role in enhancing the safety and security of the driving experience for Lexus customers. This integrated approach aims to contribute to safer roads by leveraging advanced technologies that mitigate the risk of accidents and prioritize the well-being of both drivers and passengers.
PDA supports driving safety by anticipating risks, such as crossing pedestrians and other potential hazards that may jump out and be struck. Additionally, the all-new RX contributes to safe and secure driving by providing appropriate support for a wide range of situations, such as automatic deceleration to cars in front or upcoming curves, as well as deceleration support in turns and intersections.
Elements of the integrated safety technology include:
Pre-Collision Safety (PCS) 3 where if the system detects a driver looking away while driving, it warns the driver at an early stage. It can assist in collision avoidance and damage mitigation by securing the driver’s reaction time.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)3 with all-speed following function. When activated, the system alerts the driver and provides supportive control to ensure a safe margin.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA)3: If the system detects a driver looking away while driving, it activates an alert and lane departure control at an earlier time than usual.
Abnormal driver condition response system3: If the driver’s posture is significantly compromised during Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) control, the system judges that it is difficult for the driver to continue driving and warns others by flashing hazard lamps, etc., as the vehicle gradually decelerates. The vehicle is designed to stop within the lane.
Lexus Teammate supports comfortable mobility
The Lexus Teammate concept introduces a comprehensive suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, offering features such as Advanced Drive for traffic jam support and Advanced Park with a remote function.
Activated under specific conditions, such as when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) are in operation, Advanced Drive functions in traffic situations ranging from standstill to approximately 40 km/h while the driver is looking ahead. By providing support for perception, judgement, and operation, the system allows drivers to reduce fatigue in traffic jams and drive with enhanced attention to their surroundings.
Advanced Park with remote function expands support for parallel parking, now including support for both reverse and forward-facing parking. Additionally, the system allows for a forward/back-up exit to be performed from inside the vehicle. For hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, a remote function from the key is introduced, enabling parking and exit to be managed from outside the car through a smartphone with a dedicated app. This integration of advanced technologies aims to enhance the convenience and ease of parking maneuvers while leveraging the capabilities of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Using advanced technology adds to the customer experience.
The integration of over-the-air (OTA) updates ensures continuous access to the latest software throughout ownership. This means that functions can be updated, new features added, and performance improved over time, enhancing the overall ownership experience and providing peace of mind to drivers.
The traditional door handle mechanism has been replaced with the electrically controlled e-latch switch system, resulting in smoother door operation. Additionally, the Safe Exit Assist (SEA) with Door Open Control is designed to detect approaching vehicles, including bicycles, from behind. In the event of a potential hazard, the system can notify the driver and keep the door closed, enhancing safety during exit scenarios.
With the installation of a dedicated smartphone app, the smartphone can serve as a digital key for vehicles equipped with this feature. This allows for convenient locking and unlocking of doors, starting the engine without using the screen, and operating the system using a single smartphone, even if multiple vehicles are compatible with the digital identification associated with the user. Digital identification can be seamlessly transferred between smartphones, simplifying the process of lending or borrowing vehicles among family members or friends. This advanced technology adds a layer of flexibility and convenience to vehicle access and operation.