Lexus is preparing the mid-update for its best-selling RX
crossover SUV. Judging by the spy photos the updated RX will
receive subtle exterior modifications and interior won’t also
be generously updated. The possibility for the updated RX is
also an additional powertrain option but Lexus will also offer
the new three-row RX L version to seat up to seven passengers.
However, the refreshed RX won’t arrive in time for the 2018
model year yet will hit the market as the 2019 RX sometime in
Lexus redesigned its best-seller for the 2016 model year and
eye-catching crossover delivers a high level of luxury and
comfort combined with the great road manners and two powertrain
options. Things will remain almost identical to the 2018
version as it arrives with minimal changes. The 2018 Lexus RX
450h will also be on the offer and in the familiar form and
with the same equipment organization.
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Sharp-looking hybrid
For the new model year, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h will return on
the roads in the same form. That was expected as this model was
all-new for the 2016 version and more sharply sculpted than
before. Some reports suggested some visual updates and a
three-row version for the 2018 model year but subtly refreshed
RX will be on the offer for the 2019 market year.
The look of the model is rich with the “pointing” shapes and
sharp lines. The spindle grille also gets attention but is also
the matter of the debate. The model also has the swooping line
with the floating rear pillar design. The rear features angular
design and the roof mounted spoiler is also there for the
The cabin of the model accommodates five passages and the front
seats will provide exceptional comfort. The rear passengers
will also enjoy the relaxed drive. The driving experience will
be improved with the attractive interior design and plenty of
tech and convenience features will available by default or in
The base trim is only available and brings 18-inch wheels, LED
lighting, a power liftgate, automatic wipers on the outside.
The cabin includes power adjustable steering wheel, heated and
ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic
On the tech front, the model goes with the 8-inch Remote Touch
interface, 12 speakers, and with the safety equipment including
rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise
control, forward collision warning and emergency braking, etc.
The F Sport version upgrades with sportier underpinning,
20-inch wheels, unique instrument panel, sports seats and
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Powertrain
Powering the 2018 Lexus RX 450h is the same setup as in the
current version. The powertrain includes the less powerful
3.5-liter V-6 engine. In this application, it delivers 259 hp
and 247 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the RX350, this
engine produces 295 hp. However, the hybrid gets additional
power from two front-mounted electric motors for the total
output of 308 hp. The model also induces the battery and comes
in both front- and all-wheel drive options.
The fuel economy will be around 31 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
2018 Lexus RX 450h: Price
Lexus hasn’t revealed the price of the 2018 Lexus RX 450h. The
price range should, however, remain close to the current
boundaries from around $54k to $58k.