Lexus unveils new RX at New York motor show

Lexus RX

Lexus has lifted the covers off its brand new RX luxury SUV at the New York motor show this week.

For this fourth generation model, the RX's previously bland styling has been updated with the Japanese brand's bold new styling direction, with heavily creased bodywork and the 'spindle' grille, as seen on the current generation IS saloon, as well as the smaller NX crossover.

The sharp slashes of the aggressive front-end styling flow into a blacked-out rear pillar, which is intended to give the appearance of a floating roof. The RX sits on oversized 20-inch alloy wheels that can be personalised with a range of coloured inserts.

Facing a raft of talented competition from its premium German rivals, Lexus has worked hard to improve comfort levels and the feeling of opulence in the cabin. Buyers will be able to choose from a range of upmarket trim finishes, including laser cut wood. Dominating the dashboard is a 12.3-inch media screen, used to operate everything the sat nav to the climate control and entertainment systems.

New Lexus RX

New Lexus RX

For increased passenger space, the car's wheelbase is 50mm longer than its forebear, and is 10mm wider; providing passengers with more leg and shoulder room. If that's not enough, heated and electrically reclining rear seats are available as an option.

In the UK, the RX is likely to be offered with just one engine option: a 3.5-litre petrol V6 hybrid, developing around 300bhp. Unlike the new hybrid versions of the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE, the Lexus is unlikely to offer plug-in capability for extended periods of driving on electricity alone.

As with other models in its range, Lexus will offer the RX in F-Sport trim, which will benefit from more aggressive styling inside and out, as well as revised suspension and a Sport S+ driving mode, for improved road holding and a sportier feel.

Full price and specification details for the new Lexus RX will be confirmed closer to its UK launch towards the end of this year. However, expect starting prices to stick close to the current model's £44,495.