ChinaLexus RX: Fourth Generation

2016 Lexus RX to be Offered with 2.0L Turbo Engine in Select Markets

Lexus RX 200t 2016

The Lexus RX 200t was announced alongside the updated 2016 ES today at the Shanghai auto show:

“Compared to the current-generation RX 270, you’ll notice that a major appeal point of the RX 200t is its ability to deliver seamless and continuous acceleration up to the mid- to high-speed range,” Katsuda explained.

The output of the powertrain, which features VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) and a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with air-to-liquid intercooler, will be aimed to provide more than 228 hp (170 kW). The gear ratios of the 6-speed automatic transmissions provide excellent acceleration off-the-line and exceptional passing power.

Lexus RX 200t F SPORT Rear

The 2.0L turbocharged engine option will be offered in select markets around the world (including China, obviously), but will not be coming to North America.

(It’s easy to be disappointed that the RX 200t won’t be offered in all markets, but honestly, Lexus is already maxing out on North American RX sales with the RX 350 & RX 450h.)

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    RDS
  • April 20, 2015
RX200t is made to replace RX270 , no ? 200 makes more sense , because in most country , 2.0-litre have way cheaper tax than 2.7-litre .
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    farid
  • April 20, 2015
we can get it in iran...becaus we cant buy cars up to 2500cc...im very happy for my country.
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    corradoMR2
  • April 20, 2015
No surprises on the RX 200t being available for other markets and not N.America (hint hint on the 350 and 450 h only unveil in New York). The NX 200t fills that "lower" tier nicely here. With a 228 -235 hp, based on my experience with the NX 200t, the performance may be questionable on the expected 400-500 lb heavier RX unless somehow the gearing and power mapping are changed for quicker off the line acceleration compared to the NX's rather hesitant launch.
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    Black Dynamite
  • April 20, 2015
I dig these two pictures of the RX. Really shows the depth of the design and styling. Every inch a chance to add that thang! BD
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    joe_my
  • April 20, 2015
The RX270, equipped with a 2.7L L4 engine making 185hp, is ok for normal driving. Given that the 2.0L turbo produces 235hp and 35.7kgm, it should be more than enough for the RX.
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    Tinhinnh
  • April 21, 2015
How come they don't put wider tires at least on the F Sport? atm its narrower than the Highlander's
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    rayaans
  • April 21, 2015
Simple really. Using wider tyres would mean more contact with the road which leads to more drag and hence lower fuel economy. Also, due to greater road contact, there would be more road noise not to mention replacement tyres are generally speaking more expensive due to bigger sizes.
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    Tinhinnh
  • April 21, 2015
I dont mean Viper-wide tires, just slightly wider for the sport trims like 245 or 255 which I dont think will significantly increase road noise, lower FE or greatly higher tire cost.
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    OlFius
  • April 21, 2015
Perfect pictures of a new Lexus, that's not always the case ! But what if we see this in real ? Normally, seeing a Lexus in real life is always better than the pictures...
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    rayaans
  • April 21, 2015
Just to put it into perspective, the IS300h F-Sport in the UK has 225/40 tyres up front and 255/35 tyres at back and claims 61.4mpg. The IS300h SE on the other hand with 205/55 all around claims 67.3mpg. And thats just down to a 2cm increase in front and 5cm increase in width on the back.
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    Tinhinnh
  • April 22, 2015
Thats a considerable difference, from big/wider 18's to smaller/narrower 16's, its no wonder. What I suggested is just slightly wider from 235 to at least 245 but still on same wheel size.

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