Sabtu, 18 April 2015

NY Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Lexus RX

The long-awaited 2016 Lexus RX finally breaks cover at 2015 New York Auto Show. Lexus hopes its crossover can be more successful than its predecessor. If the last two previous generations the RX is just re-badged of Toyota Harrier, the new RX is no more. Now, it brings the Lexus’ design language that we’ve already seen in NX. But its exterior design isn’t like its younger bro. Overall, the new RX looks more dynamic and more elegant. Up front, there’s L-shaped LED headlamps accompanied by LED Daytime Running Lights and oversize grille that makes me wonder which is bigger RX grille or NX grille. From side, we can see new 20-inch wheels that is customizable and ‘floating’ D-pillar line that is becoming trend in car industry. At the rear, Lexus designers give more aggressive design with L-shaped LED taillights and sculpted lines.

Inside, there’s a brand new design that looks nice and elegant. According to Lexus RX Chief Designer, “Even while ensuring a high level of luxury and space within the cabin, the RX’s silhouette remains sleek and dynamic, while the interior has been designed for easy operation with luxurious execution.” Now 2016 RX features head-up display that will inform driver right onto driver’s windshield. In center cockpit, there’s an 12.3-inch display which will show full map.As a luxury vehicle, Lexus immerses a lot of safety systems, such as Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and many more.

For the engine, Lexus engineers put upgraded V6 3.5 liter that produces 300 hp and mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. And for RX450h (Hybrid), there are 3.5 liter V6 engine and electric motor. Its ouput is same to RX350.

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