It has to be one of the most iconic models in Lexus history, that RX. When its first generation was introduced in 1997, it was one of the early players in the premium SUV segment, and the second generation actually became the first Lexus ever to feature a hybrid powertrain from 2005. Especially in the US, the model has sold like hot cakes in recent decades, but nowadays you run into an NX (slightly) more often with us. It is therefore that smaller SUV that the new RX wants to resemble.
A little NX, a little RZ
However, don’t take our word for it yet, because we decide that on the basis of a single plague picture. Lexus shows a piece of the front of its new RX, and that immediately reminded us of the new NX. The headlight is especially similar, with of course the characteristic L-signature and the kink at the bottom. The radiator grille is slightly different and even shows a characteristic of the pure electric RZ 450e. This is how the top of the typical spindle grille in a closed relief, which Lexus with its EV spindle body mentions due to the absence of a real radiator grille.
That trait may already somewhat refer to the powertrains of the new RX, because otherwise why would Lexus process an element from its electric model in this nose? However, don’t get too excited, because a pure electric version of the SUV seems unlikely to us. However, there is a chance that the RX will also receive a plug-in hybrid version in addition to the usual self-charging hybrid(s). This is also the case with the new NX, where it as a ‘450+’ brings 306 hp to the four wheels and must be able to drive 63 kilometers electrically thanks to a battery of 18.1 kWh. Whether the RX will use the same powertrain is not certain, because for now we don’t even know whether the newcomer will share its platform with the NX. We will get the answer on June 1, when Lexus shows the new RX to the world.