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2016 Lexus RX Teased Ahead of NY Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Lexus RX is one of the few “old” models left and the premium Japanese automaker’s lineup. Lexus has been cleaning house over the past couple years, and the third-gen RX crossover introduced back in 2009 is next on the list for an overhaul. Today we have our first teaser for what the new RX may look like when it makes its debut at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show.

2016 Lexus RX Teaser

We’re really excited to see what a new RX could do for Lexus. The current third-generation model is already one of Toyota’s best-selling premium cars despite its obvious similarity to the Toyota Highlander. That’s because it’s one of the best true SUVs available from a premium marque, and all sources say that Lexus is looking to continue that trend with the new model, despite this relatively sedan-ish looking teaser.

If anything, we expect that the new Lexus RX will be larger than the outgoing model. Now that Lexus has the compact NX crossover in their lineup, they can afford to move a bit larger with their other big-seller. This would make the RX more appealing to full-size SUV drivers who value semi-offroad utility with plenty of interior space, while pushing the more compact, aesthetics-oriented cityfolk over to their stylish new NX.

That being said, we won’t know anything until the new RX makes its official debut in New York. We’d actually originally expected to see a new Lexus RC coupe in NY, but it sounds like Lexus is only planning to show the RX instead. Fine by us, although we’re willing to bet that Mitsubishi and their new Outlander won’t be too happy to lose the spotlight to a superior upmarket model.

2015 Lexus RX

2015 Lexus RX

Even though Lexus hasn’t given us any official word, it’s a safe assumption that they will stick with the Toyota Highlander underpinnings for the new RX. A big reason that the current RX is so profitable for Toyota’s premium marque is because they don’t need a dedicated manufacturing line to produce it. The fact that it uses many of the same parts from other Toyota models makes it the perfect mix of cheap production costs and high MSRP profits.

Our guess is that the new Lexus RX will get the hallmark pinched spindle grille, enlarged wheel wells, a slightly higher beltline and a more sedan-like tapered rear-end. We’d also guess that the biggest changes actually won’t be in the exterior design but in the interior, where we’re expecting Lexus to increase cabin space and tech. amenities.

Unfortunately, this is all guesswork until we see the new Lexus RX in-the-metal at next week’s New York Auto Show, so stay tuned for the full details.

 


2015 Lexus NX Pricing, Launch Date & Trim Specs Announced

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Lexus NX 200t and 300h

After almost a year and a half of buildup, we finally saw the production Lexus NX crossover at the Beijing Motor Show last month. However, there were still a few things that we didn’t know about the new luxury compact crossover, price and trims being two major ones.

Today Lexus Europe unveiled the full pricing spectrum and everything else still left unsaid about the new Lexus NX, including official launch dates. While it wasn’t explicitly stated that the numbers would carry over into the US market, Lexus already confirmed that the NX will come follow the same timeline for both Europe and the US.

The 2015 Lexus NX will officially hit dealership floors in October of this year. You may recall that there will be two different models beneath the NX nameplate – the NX 300h and the NX 200t – but only the 300h will launch in Europe this year. In case you didn’t know, the difference between the two NX models is that the 300h uses a 2.5L Atkinson engine hooked into a hybrid system, while the 200t gets Lexus’ first-ever turbocharged engine.

Lexus NX 300h

Whichever powertrain you prefer, let’s take a look at the different trims of the new Lexus NX crossover, listed in order of price*:

Lexus NX S

(£29,495 or $49,495)

Lexus’ new crossover comes with plenty of goodies straight from the ground floor. The entry-level package includes LED headlights, 17-inch alloys, an eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, pre-crash safety system, Lexus Media Display, DAB digital radio, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management.

Lexus NX SE

(£31,495 or $52,995)

Gets everything from the NX S, but also gets upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated seats, roof rails and AWD.

Lexus NX Luxury

(£34,495 or $57,995)

The Luxury trim gets the addition of LED fog lamps, keyless entry, privacy glass around the rear of the car, power adjusting front seats, parking sensors, an automatically dimming rearview mirror and a revised, silver-accented interior trim.

Lexus NX F Sport

(£36,995 or $62,495)

This is where we see some mechanical upgrades, with the F Sport trim getting official F Sport suspension and performance dampers, along with a power steering column, an automatic tailgate and a wireless charging tray. Oh, and this one gets sleek two-tone 18-inch alloys.

Lexus NX Premier

(£42,995 or $72,495)

Finally, the “fully loaded” NX Premier trim gets all of the above along with a beautiful heads up display to futurize the dash, automatic high beams, heated steering, GPS navigation and 360-degree panorama, Lane Keep Assist, and heated/ventilated performance seats with lumbar support and driver memory. And of course, it gets an upgraded Mark Levinson fourteen-speaker audio system too.

Fancy, huh?

As you can see, the Lexus NX crossover will most definitely be competitive in both US and European markets. With a wide range of features and powertrains and what Lexus claims will be the absolute best driving dynamics in its class, this premium Japanese car looks like a recipe for success.

Of course, the key question is whether this will be enough to beat Range Rover’s Evoque and Porsche’s new Macan? “Premium” may be enough to convince US buyers, but in Europe and many other markets style and dynamics are key — and I am not sure this NX has what it takes to go up against those two heavyweights.

If you’d like more information, you can watch a detailed Lexus NX features video below:

*All Lexus Europe’s prices have been roughly converted to their US Dollar equivalents at time of writing.