Lexus teased four new models at the Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept unveiling on March 30, 2021. 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, which was subsequently launched. 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 almost seven 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 lent 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 semiconductor chips were in surplus, but it seems like that ETA still holds.
The Lexus RX may not continue in two-row and three-row versions, as reports say that a new model may replace the latter (Lexus TX). The next-gen model will likely ride on the GA-K platform that debuted in the Lexus ES.
On December 14, 2021, Toyota released a teaser of the next-gen Lexus RX that almost entirely revealed the exterior design months ahead of the official unveiling. The new mid-size SUV will carry subtle design changes, noticeable mainly at the front. Lexus designers have extended the hood of the RX forward to give it an aggressive, shark-like nose section. The headlamps are curvier, and a new L-shaped DRL cuts through them.
The spindle grille may split up, as the teaser suggests the presence of a grille in the lower portion, too. The spindle design started with two separated grilles on the CT 200h back in 2011. Round wheel arches inserted of squarish designs on the sides would differentiate next-gen NX from the current model.
Interior refinements of the next-gen RX could be profound, as 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 developed by Toyota Motor North America. 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 essential features of the new Lexus Interface infotainment system.
Lexus currently straps the RX with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard. The next-gen RX should directly get the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 that debuted in the second-gen NX. One of the main features of LSS+ 3.0 is Curve Speed Management. When Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is active, the vehicle can maintain the set speed even on curves.
LSS+ 3.0 includes the following active safety features:
- Intelligent High Beam
- Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
- Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist
- Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/Braking
- Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking
- Pre-Collision System with Oncoming Vehicle Detection
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management
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 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.’
Lexus electrification strategy
Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota, has revealed new EV strategies for its core brands: Toyota and Lexus. Toyoda said that Lexus aims to have a full EV line-up in all vehicle segments by the end of the decade. It wants EVs to account for 100% of sales in China, Europe, and North America, with a total of 1 million units globally by that year. In 2035, Lexus targets to be fully electric in all markets worldwide.
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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