Lexus is preparing the mid-update for its best-selling RX crossover SUV. Judging by the spy photos the updated RX will receive subtle exterior modifications and interior won’t also be generously updated. The possibility for the updated RX is also an additional powertrain option but Lexus will also offer the new three-row RX L version to seat up to seven passengers. However, the refreshed RX won’t arrive in time for the 2018 model year yet will hit the market as the 2019 RX sometime in 2018.
Lexus redesigned its best-seller for the 2016 model year and eye-catching crossover delivers a high level of luxury and comfort combined with the great road manners and two powertrain options. Things will remain almost identical to the 2018 version as it arrives with minimal changes. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h will also be on the offer and in the familiar form and with the same equipment organization.
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Sharp-looking hybrid
For the new model year, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h will return on the roads in the same form. That was expected as this model was all-new for the 2016 version and more sharply sculpted than before. Some reports suggested some visual updates and a three-row version for the 2018 model year but subtly refreshed RX will be on the offer for the 2019 market year.
The look of the model is rich with the “pointing” shapes and sharp lines. The spindle grille also gets attention but is also the matter of the debate. The model also has the swooping line with the floating rear pillar design. The rear features angular design and the roof mounted spoiler is also there for the sportier effect.
The cabin of the model accommodates five passages and the front seats will provide exceptional comfort. The rear passengers will also enjoy the relaxed drive. The driving experience will be improved with the attractive interior design and plenty of tech and convenience features will available by default or in additional packages.
The base trim is only available and brings 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, a power liftgate, automatic wipers on the outside. The cabin includes power adjustable steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate, etc.
On the tech front, the model goes with the 8-inch Remote Touch interface, 12 speakers, and with the safety equipment including rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and emergency braking, etc.
The F Sport version upgrades with sportier underpinning, 20-inch wheels, unique instrument panel, sports seats and accents.
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Powertrain
Powering the 2018 Lexus RX 450h is the same setup as in the current version. The powertrain includes the less powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine. In this application, it delivers 259 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the RX350, this engine produces 295 hp. However, the hybrid gets additional power from two front-mounted electric motors for the total output of 308 hp. The model also induces the battery and comes in both front- and all-wheel drive options.
The fuel economy will be around 31 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Price
Lexus hasn’t revealed the price of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h. The price range should, however, remain close to the current boundaries from around $54k to $58k.