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2023 Lexus RX: First Look and What to Expect?

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2023 Lexus RX - First Look and What to Expect?

The Lexus RX, which is the automaker’s best-selling model, will be getting a redesign for the 2023 model year. It’s based on an all-new vehicle platform and will feature a sportier design as well as new technology. Let’s take a look at what else we can expect from the 2023 Lexus RX.

We already know that the 2023 Lexus RX will share its platform with the next Toyota Highlander, so there’s not much to report about. The two vehicles will be built on a new platform, called the GA-L and it’s based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that underpins many of today’s cars and trucks, including but not limited to: the Toyota Camry, Lexus ES, and Toyota Corolla.

2023 Lexus RX Luxury Crossover

The RX is the first luxury crossover. It was also the first to offer a hybrid system, and what’s more, it was the first luxury crossover that could be had with all-wheel drive. That makes it a natural choice for families who want to go from carpooling duties in one SUV to ski weekend fun in another without having to switch vehicles or compromise on performance or fuel economy.

We expect the fifth-generation RX to be introduced for the 2023 model year. As with most other vehicles from Toyota’s luxury brand, this will also be based on the company’s midsize crossover platform that debuted on the current Highlander. The new platform will allow for a larger car than before, which means we can expect to see more headroom and legroom up front as well as greater convenience features inside. The Lexus RX will come with a familiar spindle grille design along with LED headlights and taillights. The vehicle comes with the F Sport trim level.

The 2023 Lexus RX Comes with a Redesign

2023 Lexus RX - First Look and What to Expect?

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The next-generation RX will be based on the same platform as the Lexus UX and NX. The 2023 RX will get an all-new exterior design, with a sleeker profile, more cab-backward proportions, and a new grille design. The interior should see a major overhaul as well; in addition to better materials and improved ergonomics (including Apple CarPlay support), it comes with autonomous driving capabilities like those available on the Toyota Corolla Hybrid E Concept.

We expect Lexus to offer several hybrid powertrains in its redesigned 2023 RX. In addition to a hybrid version of its new V6 engine that debuted in the IS sedan, we could see options such as an AWD turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine or even an all-electric model—which would be powered by an electric motor integrated with the transmission rather than a pair of motors like some other EVs use.

The present iteration is available in two forms: a gasoline-fed 3.5-liter V6 and a hybrid system consisting of a 3.5L V6 and an electric motor pair which produce a combined 308 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. This new RX model will utilize the same Earth Dreams engine with some modifications, creating around 400 horsepower from its revamped powertrain.

The powertrain also relies on an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends its output to all four wheels via all-wheel drive (AWD). The AWD system will be optional for non-hybrid models, but standard for those fitted with an HEV powertrain since it helps them better utilize their electrified powertrain components throughout the year.

A Lexus spokesperson confirmed that this new full-size crossover will be built on the same platform as Toyota’s next Highlander. Lexus has been using the Highlander as its base vehicle in North America since 2012, and they’re both manufactured in Japan.

The next generation of this crossover will likely debut sometime between 2021 and 2022, which is when we can also expect to see an all-new generation of the Highlander (which is currently produced by Toyota Sienna). This means that we should expect to see a refreshed RX sometime around 2023 or 2024 not coincidentally, those are also the years Lexus plans to introduce their first EV and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles respectively.

We expect the new RX to retain its current powertrains as well as offer an electrified variant

2023 Lexus RX Interior

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The new Lexus RX will retain its current powertrains, including the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. We expect the new RX to offer an electrified variant in some form. This could be a model that’s entirely electric or one that’s a mild hybrid like the CT200h. It could also be a full EV, but we’re not sure if this would make sense since there are already plenty of other EVs on the market.

There’s no information yet whether or not Toyota’s “GA-L” platform will make provisions for a dedicated EV version of Lexus’ largest mainstream crossover, but one thing is certain; Toyota likes its hybrids and there’s no reason why it will choose to ditch them with the next-generation RX.

As with all future Toyota and Lexus, the new RX will use Toyota’s “GA-L” platform. This is a lightweight steel construction that has been modified to suit each brand’s particular needs. This includes provisions for hybrids (the RX will have plenty) and even electric drivetrains, which could ultimately power some versions of the car as part of Toyota’s electrification strategy.

If you’re familiar with hybrid systems in other Toyota models like the Prius or Camry Hybrid, then you’ll find yourself right at home with the one found in this car. It uses an Atkinson-cycle 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor/generator unit (MGU).

The system generates electricity from braking and coasting and stores it in a lithium-ion battery under the cargo floor area until it’s needed for acceleration or regenerative braking when electricity is returned to rechargeable batteries instead of being wasted as heat through friction brakes or by slowing down engines’ revolutions per minute (RPM).

Final Wrap Up

That’s pretty much all we can share about the next Lexus RX. There are still a lot of things we don’t know about this crossover, but given its reputation as a cash cow for Toyota and Lexus, it’s safe to say that the company will put in some effort to make sure that the upcoming RX is better than ever.

Kevin Afoma Onwuagbanusi is a freelance writer and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (BEng.) and Masters in Accounting (MSc) with 8+ years of experience writing across several niches, with a remarkable likeness to crypto, and personal finances, automotive, games, and technology.