The Lexus RX is a very important vehicle for Toyota’s luxury division. It has been top-selling vehicle in brand’s lineup since its introduction and it also has the title of US top-selling premium SUV. When you contribute so much to the company it is natural that you will have the special treatment and all-new Lexus RX entered on the scene for the 2016 model year. With aggressive design, impressive cabin and performance capabilities this model has become even more appealing. However, it looks that company is reading for some radical cut just two years after model’s redesign. So, what will 2018 Lexus RX 350 make different?
New for 2018:
Well, it hasn’t been the secret anymore that Lexus is going to offer the RX 350 with the three rows of seating. The model should come soon as the 2018 version alongside with the best-selling five-seat version. The conventional version will likely continue with minor changes while the seven-seat model will borrow its styling and will also come with gas and hybrid powertrains.
2018 Lexus RX 350: Design
Styling is what stands out Lexus models from the rest and despite it might be polarizing it is definitely one of the brand’s advantages. The last model’s redesign hasn’t made this model less controversial and it continues with sharp lines, angles and exaggerated elements in its fourth generation.
The model features dramatic, spindle grille in front which takes the most of its front fascia. There are also sharp headlights with the triple-L design and LED fog lights placed in angular slots. The sharp lines continue on model’s profile where the deep incision is also located in lower door area while floating rear pillar is also effective feature.
Expect that new seven-seat version will also get the same styling as the conventional 2018 Lexus RX 350 except it might ride on stretched wheelbase version.
Inside the mode will feature the same design that was brought with the last redesign. It can be described with words precision, comfort and quality. The models will include driver-oriented dash with horizontal elements and contrasting, asymmetric lines that add dynamic tone to its design. The interior design will feature the two-color theme and used materials and finishes will rank with more expensive rivals.
The five-seat model will also provide long ride comfort with supportive seats and generous head and legroom in the rear row. On the other hand, we will see how Lexus will solve the third row in the new version and what level of comfort it will offer.
As for the available features, expect minor modifications which might include some equipment regrouping. The model will again be available in regular and F Sport trims and there will also be the RX 450h hybrid version.
2018 Lexus RX 350: Powertrains
Powering the new 2018 Lexus RX 350 model will be the current engine version which will also be under the hood of the seven-seat model. This 3.5-liter V-6 engine can provide 295 hp and peak torque of 268 pound-feet. It will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be optional. The F-Sport version will get the sport-tuned suspension but both models will include selectable drive modes.
This engine features variable valve system, and direct injection while it also operates on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. With these features, the conventional version will return 23 mpg combined with FWD and 22 mpg combined with AWD. We will see what figures will return three-row version.
As for the RX 450h hybrid version, it will use the 3.5-liter V-6 engine which can produce 259 hp and 247 pound-feet of torque. Two electric motors will assist to this engine for the total output of 308 hp. All-wheel drive version of the hybrid model has additional electric motor which powers the rear wheels. The fuel economy will be around 30 mpg average.
2018 Lexus RX 350: Release date, Price
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 should arrive in the first half of 2017. The RX 350L should be the name for the three-row version. As for the price, expect it to start from around $44, 300 for the base version while seven-seat accommodation will include an additional cost.