Lexus have just taken the wraps off its all-new 2016 Lexus RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show. When the RX launched 17 years and three generations ago, it spawned the luxury crossover segment and the RX has remained at the forefront of one of the most highly contested segments today. The 2016 RX aims to retain their status at the leading edge of the luxury CUV market.
Unmistakably Lexus, in and out, the new RX makes a strong visual first impression. The sharp front end has been updated with a signature black Lexus bold grille with a chrome trim. The front fenders are wide and muscular. Recessed triple-L-shaped LED projector headlights with LED running lights enhance the grille’s aggressive look. Redesigned fog lights with a chrome-trimmed triangular bezel integrate neatly with the grille, giving the RX a sharp, angular look that screams Lexus.
Sharp edges-a-plenty, the side profile shows off the aggressive character lines that run from the muscular front fenders all the way to the rear end. The swooping roofline ties it all together to give the RX a modern, sharp and aggressive stance. Aesthetics aside, the profile minimizes wind noise at speed, drag and decreases lift, while maximizing fuel efficiency, acceleration and stability.
The rear end maintains the sharp and aggressive character with blacked out C-pillars and L-shaped wraparound taillights give the RX a wider looking rear end. Chrome tipped dual exhaust tips, a black rear fascia with chrome insert adds a little bit of contrast to highlight the sharp angles and edges. 20-inch wheels replace the current model’s 19-inch offerings.
The new cabin of the RX is as expected, chock full of luxury and convenience options. Specially-finished laser-cut ornamentation is available for those whom just need to have that luxury look and feel.
A large head-up-display (HUD) is the prominent feature in the driver’s seat with a 12.3-inch display providing all the tertiary information off to the side. The shifter has been repositioned away from the front of the instrument panel to optimize space. The rear seats have been redesigned to allow more leg and knee room for passengers. For rear seat passenger convenience, heating and power recline functions are available and provide luxurious and comforting feel for your rear seat passengers. As expected, a large panoramic sunroof provides an open air experience for all passengers and ties the package together nicely.