Discussion in 'Lexus Lounge' started by krew, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:46 AM.
Updated Lexus RX Coming to New York Auto Show?
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They should add more powertrains. RX350&300H. RX F would be interesting since BMW has MX, Audi has SQ and MB has AMG SUVs. RX-F twinturbo 3,5l.
Is there going be an F Sport model for the 3-row model RX for 2020?
Unfortunately I don't think the RX"300/350h" will come soon due to the absence of a hybrid system that is powerful enough for a RX and not cost as much as the 450h. This is currently the biggest hole in Lexus's entire crossover lineup.
I agree with you there is a big gap in the lineup. Here in Finland due to taxation, Lexus offers only low emission hybrid models. Higher the emissions higher the price RC F is only full petrol model offered here starting from 145000€. No single unit has sold (in contrast LC500 3 units and RC 12 units sold). Also, there comes taxation based on how much the car costs + consumer tax of 24%. That's why RX450H costs 82000€ whereas in Estonia it costs only 64000€. Lower hybrid is much needed. Maybe take the 2,5l inline4+motor hybrid system and put powerful rear motor name it RX350H. I think powerful gasoline engine than 2 litre turbo would boost sales in certain markets.
"Second half of 2021" for the next gen is in line with the product roadmap of 6 years for Toyota-based FWD platforms. This of course will be telling if we see the next gen Highlander arrive for MY 2020 while the RX will be a MY 2022.
I have indeed taken up the challenge of commenting on, affirming or debunking (as the case may be), Just-Auto's Lexus predictions for a Kaizen Factor piece I'm working on. I just finished writing the RX section. Here's a preview of what it will say:
After the reputed dealer revolt over the Lexus LC convertible taking precedence over a 3-row RX, the latter was rushed into production for the 2018 model year. This, in turn wreaked havoc with the 4RX’s midlife refresh traditionally due for its third model year (2019). Facelifting the 3-row RX after a single model year was deemed ludicrous by the powers-that-be at Lexus (and rightfully so).
To manage this unwieldy situation, the 2019 RX (virtually unchanged from the 2018) launched a little early compared to its other siblings in order to accommodate the facelifted 2020’s unveiling at one or more of the major winter/spring 2019 motor shows. These would be Geneva (March 5-6 press days), Shanghai (April 16 & 17 press days) or, as Just-Auto suggests, New York (April 17 & 18 press days). The 2020 RX would then go on sale in April-May 2019. The pattern would then repeat for May 2020 (2021 model year).
There is actually precedent for this. The 3rd-generation RX’s mid-life facelift was unveiled at the March 2012 Geneva Motor Show, went on sale on April/May 2012 (2013 model year), and maintained this “early launch pattern” until the April 2015 New York International Auto Show unveiling of the current 4th-generation RX.
Both Just-Auto's Glenn Brooks and Carmaker1 concur that the 5RX will launch during late 2021 for the 2022 model year. Of note is that its predecessor will follow an unusual pattern of receiving a mid-cycle refresh on the 4th model year of its 6-year cycle, rather than the customary 3rd year as on the 3RX, NX, 5ES and 6ES. Again, blame the 3-row RX L for that. Speaking of which, note the reference to standard and long-wheelbase derivatives. Is this to be taken literally? Or will 2 and 3-row versions of the 5th-gen RX once again share a common wheelbase?