Next Generation Lexus RX Makes Geneva Debut

A new look for Lexus’ best-selling crossover.

Lexus RX 350

The next generation Lexus RX 350 plays it safe with updates that are evolutionary, not revolutionary. That should suit RX owners just fine as a familiar face gets a refreshed look to reflect the brand's new design language.

The Lexus RX controls the luxury crossover sport utility vehicle segment and has done so since it launched 10 years ago. The RX has been updated or improved several times since, with the next generation model slated to roll out this year. At the 2012 Geneva International Auto Show, the 2013 edition made its debut, a crossover featuring the now familiar spindle grille, the design language of all 2013 Lexus models.

Sport Appearance Package

Many changes have been made to the Lexus RX including the addition of an optional sport appearance package that comes with 19-inch superchrome finish wheels, unique bumper treatments and halogen headlamps. Inside, a new steering wheel, an optional 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and Lexus Enform are among the many amenities offered.

All RX models will now feature LED daytime running lights and offer distinctively styled fog lamp bezels. This model now offers broader shoulders, bright side window moldings, pronounced front fenders and integrated rear fender flares. Standard 18-inch wheels, color-keyed side mirrors with LED turn signal lamps and a rear spoiler are among the many standout exterior enhancements found.

Bright Cabin

Inside, the cabin benefits from lighting changes that make use of organic white lighting that is found on the multi-information center display adjacent to the speedometer. This look is elegant and easy on the eyes. Automatic lighting is present too, something noticed when you approach this Lexus with key fob in hand. Exterior and interior courtesy lights automatically activate, providing you a clear path to and inside of your crossover.

Exquisite seat materials are a Lexus hallmark and the newest RX does not disappoint. Standard premium cloth fabric surfaces can be upgraded to leather trim or a highly desirable and softer semi-aniline leather trim. Maple wood trim and brightwork highlights are additional embellishments that help to dress its interior.

Technical Specifications

Powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 engine that makes 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, the Lexus RX 350 produces 248 foot-pounds of torque at 4,700 rpm. This aluminum head and block engine has a 10.8 to 1 compression ratio and a 3.70 bore x a 3.27 stroke. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features a snow mode.

Seating five, the 2013 RX 350 sits on a 107.9-inch wheelbase and is 187.8 inches long, 74.2 inches wide and 66.3 inches tall. Front head room comes in at 39.1 inches; rear head room measures 37.7 inches. Front legroom is 43.1 inches; rear legroom is 36.8 inches. Front and rear shoulder room measures 58.0- and 57.6-inches respectively. Front hip room is 55.5 inches; rear hip room is 54.5 inches.

The front-wheel-drive edition weighs in at 4,340 pounds; the all-wheel-drive weighs 4,510 pounds. This vehicle has a 3,500-pound towing capacity and offers 40.0 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row seat. Fold the back seat down and you have 80.3 cubic feet of storage.

More Information

A hybrid 450h edition will also be sold and that model comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that runs on the Atkinson cycle. We’ll have more information about price, trim and availability when the U.S. spec model is offered for sale later this year.

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