Lexus created the luxury crossover segment when it debuted its RX some 14 years ago. At the Geneva Motor Show earlier today it unveiled the latest RX models featuring the new face of Lexus we first saw in the 2013 GS models.
The new signature spindle grille leads a list of revisions for the RX lineup for 2013 that also sees fresher, sportier styling along with upgraded interiors.
The RX is offered as a gas-only RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h models. The hybrid version now offers a sport mode that revises steering effort, throttle mapping and gear shifting should drivers become a little bored with the ECO mode of operation.
Gasoline-only 350 models area powered by a 270hp 3.5-liter V-6 backed by multi-mode sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission and is offered in front- or all-wheel drive versions with the latter receiving Active Torque Control to sense wheel spin and redistribute power to the wheels with grip up to a 50:50-split front to rear.
The RX 450h hybrid models utilize a 3.5-liter gas engine combined with electric motors and a power control unit for propulsion in electric-only, gas-only or combined modes. It is also available in FWD or AWD models with front-only models achieving 32 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg highway. For 2013, Lexus is staying with the Nickel Metal Hydride 288-volt battery pack which is located underneath the rear seat.
A sport appearance package is now offered on all but the RX 350 AWD models and it adds a unique front bumper, halogen headlights and 19-inch wheels with superchrome finish.