The fourth generation of the ladies-who-lunch Lexus has landed at the New York Motor Show. The new RX is slightly longer, slightly wider and slightly taller than previous generations and its design has also been updated to be in line with the rest of the Lexus range. The new design incorporates a massive spindle-grille, flared wheel arches and pointier headlights. Also, something went wrong with the C-pillar of the new RX. Lexus claim its design flair. I suspect it is the designers losing the will to live.
Engines will include a 3.5 litre V6 engine producing about 300 bhp, and a retuned hybrid version of the 3.5 litre V6, also producing about 300 bhp. Both these engines have been tuned to provide low CO2 emissions and high fuel economy. All RX models will have all-wheel drive as standard. Lexus claim this new RX is stiffer than before, resulting in much improved handling capabilities.
Inside there is a new 12.3 inch display for infotainment, a new heads-up keeping the driver informed with relevant vehicle information an a panoramic sunroof allowing sunseekers to maintain their tan even whilst driving.
A new feature of this RX is a system called Safety System+, which combines technologies such as pre-emergency braking, lane-departure warning, auto high-beam, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. Other optional safety systems which are available to buyers include adaptive lighting a panoramic view camera system, blind-spot monitoring for added mollycoddling.
This car is a hugely important vehicle for Lexus as it amounts to nearly one third of Lexus’ annual sales. Should you also wish to keep Lexus’ accountants happy and buy the new RX, expect to see this car hit showrooms in the summer, with a price tag broadly similar to the current model. Alternatively, buy something which has tonnes more appeal and character and help keep this monstrosity off our roads.