Lexus’ ultra-popular RX crossover, with global sales of more than 2.1 million units, returns for a fourth generation at the New York Auto Show, boasting bolder than ever looks and a range of new safety systems under the Lexus Safety System+ package.
So 2016 Lexus RX is safer, more comfortable and more efficient than it’s ever been, and to a car person that means one thing: it is boring. Be that as it may, there is no denying that real people in the real world absolutely love this recipe and they will certainly give the new RX a warmer welcome than before.
That said, some may find the NX-inspired looks of the 2016 Lexus RX with its excessive use of sharp angles and sculpted surfaces a bit too much. What’s more, the spindle grille has dropped all pretensions and presents itself like giant slab of concrete at the front of the car. But you do get nicer headlights, so it’s not all bad! The new RX also comes with 20-inch wheels as standard.
The interior is as fancy and neat as you would expect it to be, featuring laser-cut wood ornamentation, a large head-up display, 12.3-inch monitor, panoramic sunroof, and optional power rear seats. Also, the shift lever has been moved from the front of the instrument panel to make it easier to use and give the driver more space.
As before, the 2016 Lexus RX will be offered in two normal and hybrid models, with the former boasting an upgraded 3.5 liter V6 developing 300bhp, matched to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid too gets a 300bhp V6, but thanks to an electric motor it uses a lot less fuel.
As for the Lexus Safety System+ package, this all-in-one system utilizes the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which detects and warns the driver of potential collision risks with vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles on the road ahead; Lane Departure Alert (LDA), which triggers a warning sound if the vehicle moves out of its lane without signalling; and Automatic High Beam (AHB), which helps maintain the best forward visibility when driving at night, plus Lane Keep Assist feature (LKA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Adaptive High-beam System (AHS), a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to make sure you won’t crash.