Lexus teased four new models at the unveiling of the Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept on March 30. One of the upcoming Lexus cars was likely the 2022 Lexus RX, the next generation of the company’s BMW X5 rival.
The car on the extreme right is a compact crossover that matches the width and proportions of the 2022 Lexus NX that leaked in February. The low-slung sedan is the improved LS, and then comes the restyled ES. Parked on the far left is an SUV that looks compact for a 2022 Lexus LX but has the highest presence in the room.
It’s been six years since Lexus took covers off the third-gen RX at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS 2015). In November 2017, the company introduced a three-row RX L, and then, in May 2019, it gave the car a neat facelift. In February 2020, Motor1 reported citing an insider privy to the company’s product strategy that the next-gen RX arrives in 2022 (calendar year). In the U.S. market, it will be launched as the 2023 Lexus RX, whereas in Europe and Asia, it could be released as the 2022 Lexus RX. The timeline is from well before the auto industry bore the brunt of the Coronavirus and semiconductors chips were in surplus.
Design & Features
The Lexus RX may not continue in both two-row and three-row versions, as reports say that the latter (Lexus RX L) may get replaced by a Lexus TX. Expect a sharper and bolder design and a significantly improved interior. The next-gen model will likely ride on the GA-K platform that debuted in the Lexus ES.
Interior refinements of the next-gen Lexus RX could be more noticeable than the exterior changes, as is the case with the next-gen Lexus NX. Customers can look forward to an uncluttered center console, an intuitive infotainment system with a new operating system and a bigger display, and a fully digital instrument cluster with customizable layouts.
The all-new Lexus three-row SUV will offer up to eight seats. It will be the first Lexus model made at this plant.
Moving to powertrains, the 2022 Lexus RX could offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices. The plug-in hybrid system could be related to the RAV4 Prime’s A25A-FXS 2.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine-based system with two motors, including a separate rear-mounted motor that allows on-demand electronic all-wheel drive. The 2022 Lexus NX, in the 450h+ trim, is expected with this rechargeable hybrid powertrain.
The next-gen Lexus RX will go up against luxury SUVs like the Acura MDX, the Lincoln Nautilus, and the BMW X5. We expect to see the car emerge during the second half of 2022.
2022 Lexus RX FAQs
What is the next-gen Lexus RX release date?
Lexus could complete the launch of the next-gen RX in the U.S. by late 2022.
Which models do you consider 2022 Lexus RX rivals?
The next-gen RX will rival the likes of the 2022 Volvo XC90, BMW X5, Acura MDX, and Cadillac XT5.
Do you have an idea of the 2022 Lexus RX price?
The base 2022 RX may cost around $47,000.
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