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. Supporting the speculation is a report from Automotive News, according to which Lexus plans to introduce next-gen RX in the second half of 2022.
The car on the extreme right (article featured image) is a compact crossover that matches the width and proportions of the 2022 Lexus NX. 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 over 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 arrive 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, but it seems like that ETA still holds.
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 RX could be more noticeable, as is the case with the 2022 Lexus NX. Customers can look forward to an uncluttered center console, a fully digital instrument cluster with customizable layouts, and the new Lexus Interface infotainment system with a 14-inch touchscreen.
Lexus Interface is a new infotainment system Toyota Motor North America has developed. Packing five times the processing power of the previous generation, it provides a snappy experience similar to a smartphone. Cloud-based navigation, OTA updates, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, newly developed virtual assistant with dual microphones, user profiles, and digital key, etc. are some of the main features of the new Lexus Interface infotainment system.
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 available 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 enter showrooms around fall next year. By mid-2023, Lexus will introduce a three-row hybrid crossover that will roll out of the Indiana plant, which is given the working title (by the media) ‘Lexus TX.’
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?
Do you have an idea of the 2022 Lexus RX price?
The base 2022 RX may cost around $47,000.
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