2023 Lexus RX debuts new plug-in hybrid and performance versions

The 2023 Lexus RX arrives to usher in the fifth generation of the premium crossover. The style looks familiar, but there are new parts under the skin. Buyers have a choice of four powertrains, three of which are hybrids. Sales will start at the end of 2022.

Big mechanical updates

The 2023 Lexus RX rides on the GA-K platform, and the new underpinnings allow the vehicle to shed up to 198 pounds (89.81 kilograms) over the previous generation. The wheelbase increases by 2.36 inches (5.99 centimeters), but the rear overhang decreases by 2.36 inches, which means that the overall length does not change from the previous model.

The longer wheelbase means there’s more room for passengers inside the RX. The lowered trim at the rear also reduces the loading height.

The 2023 RX comes with four powertrains, but Lexus is only offering details on three of them at this time. Details on the 450h+ plug-in hybrid will come later. The table below shows what we know now:

RX-350 x-ray 350h Sports performance RX 500h F
Engine 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo hybrid
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT 6-speed automatic
Transmission TA/AWD all-wheel drive Direct4 AWD
Powerful 275 HP 246 HP 367 hp
Couple 317 LB-FT 233 LB-FT 406 LB-FT
Estimated Combined Fuel Consumption 24 MPG 33 MPG 26 mpg
Estimated acceleration to 60 MPH 7.5 seconds AV / 7.2 seconds AWD 7.4 seconds 5.9 seconds

The new RX 500h F Sport Performance comes with additional equipment. It has six-piston brake calipers and rolls on 21-inch wheels. Inside, leather upholstery includes suede door trim and perforated material on the steering wheel. Tread plates are F Sport branded.

A new look

The 2023 RX will be available in six trim levels: Standard, Premium, Premium+, Luxury, F Sport Handling and F Sport Performance. Depending on the grade, 10 colors will be available: Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Iridium, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Copper Crest, Nori Green Pearl, Nightfall Mica and Grecian Water.

The 2023 RX wears a new version of Lexus’ tapered grille with recessed diamond-shaped sections at the top. The RX 500h F Sport Performance grade has a different mesh pattern which has a woven design.

In profile, the new RX has an upwardly arched sculpted section that leads to the rear fenders. Like the previous generation, the roof has a floating C-pillar. The rear now features full-width taillights.

2023 Lexus RX
2023 Lexus RX

Inside, the new RX features an infotainment screen with a lower position that puts it next to the instrument cluster rather than being above the dash. A screen as large as 14 inches is available. Other upgrades available include a panoramic glass roof and a head-up display.

Buyers have a choice of six upholstery colors: Macadamia, Black, Birch, Palomino, Peppercorn and Rioja Red. There are four trim styles available: Black Cascade, Ash Bamboo, Black Open Pore and Dark Graphite Aluminum.

All models of the 2023 RX receive the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. The technology suite includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, intersection assist with motorcycle detection, dynamic radar cruise control with cornering speed management, lane departure warning with steering assist and a emergency driving stop system. The optional Advanced Park system extended support for parallel parking.

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