2023 Lexus RX: New Surprises From One Of The Originals

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2023 Lexus RX 350 Featured Image. Photo: Lexus

The Lexus RX is a classic bestseller for a reason. But Lexus is still looking to build on it for 2023 and beyond.

Lexus was one of the first to the Crossover Party, bringing the RX to the U.S. in late 1998. It has gone through some stuff. Seen some things. Had a few updates. And now, it’s got some new stuff to show you.

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2023 Lexus Rx 350 Interior. Photo: Lexus

2023 Lexus RX 350 Interior. Photo: Lexus

First, the 2023 RX is the unchanged in terms of its conceptual fundamentals. It’s proud of its comfort, its quiet ride, and posh amenities. But the 2023 going to look a little different. The new RX got an updated grille that gives a nod to the outgoing model’s spindle design, but it is a bit understated. There is some sculpting along the rear fender down to the bottom of the doors that makes the RX look more athletic than posh, and 19″ standard wheels add to that impression (21″ wheels are optional). As for power, the RX 350 will have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

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2023 Lexus Rx 350 Back Seat. Photo: Lexus

2023 Lexus RX 350 back seat. Photo: Lexus

A Shift in the Paradigm

Lexus was also one of the first to the Hybrid Party, and the RX featured their hybrid powertrain back in 2006. Today, we learned that Lexus is continuing their journey into electric cars, but with some changes. A new hybrid, the RX 350h will have a hybrid system with a 4-cylinder engine (the outgoing RX450h had a 6-cylinder engine). The F-Sport will also be a hybrid, the RX 500h F SPORT. The RX 500h F SPORT will have a turbocharged 4-cylinder paired with its hybrid system. It will also have upgraded brake calipers and 21″ wheels standard.

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2023 Lexus Rx 500H F Sport. Photo: Lexus

2023 Lexus RX 500h F SPORT. Photo: Lexus

The Big Picture is a Little Fuzzy. But it’s Still Big

That isn’t everything, either. The biggest news of all is the announcement of the newest RX, the RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid (or PHEV as the industry calls it). Unfortunately, that is all we know. All details will be shared at a later time. Until then, you can look at this photo and dream. But when we have more information, you’ll be the first to know.

2023 Lexus Rx 450H+ Photo: Lexus

2023 Lexus RX 450h+ Photo: Lexus


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