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Lexus RX breaks cover with a PHEV powertrain option

01-06-2022 10:45
Lexus has introduced the fifth generation of its premium RX SUV. The model has kept its design recognizable while gaining major tech improvements. Sales will begin later in the year with four powertrains to choose from, all but one of them hybrid.

Lexus has introduced the fifth generation of its premium RX SUV. The model has kept its design recognizable while gaining major tech improvements. Sales will begin later in the year with four powertrains to choose from, all but one of them hybrid.

The latest iteration of the Lexus RX comes based on the GA-K platform and sheds around 90 kilos (200 lbs) compared to its predecessor while gaining 60 mm (2.4 inches) of wheelbase. The body length stays the same due to the rear overhang being shorter than before, though.

As for the power options, three of these have already been revealed, while the 450h+ part-electric spec remains to be announced at a later date.

The list begins with a traditional 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 275 PS (271 hp / 202 kW). Then there is a 2.5-liter hybrid four-pot capable of 246 PS (243 hp / 181 kW) and a plug-in hybrid one good for 367 PS (362 hp / 270 kW). Their respective transmissions are 8-speed auto, CVT, and 6-speed auto. Sprinting from zero to 97 km/h (0-60 mph) takes 7.5, 7.4, and 5.9 seconds, respectively.

You can tell the new RX from its predecessor by its recessed diamond sections in the upper front grille (the F Sport Performance has a different grille pattern), as well as a tail-end with a single brake light spanning its entire width. Inside, the infotainment display now resides next to the digital dash screen and can be up to 14 inches large. Other additions include a revised panoramic sunroof and a heads-up display.



Editor Andrew Raspopov
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