Unofficial information about the new, fifth generation Lexus RX has appeared on the Web. According to Japanese portals, the mid-size crossover will debut this year (most likely in the second half) and will move to the Toyota global architecture, which it will share with the RAV4. At the same time, the models will radically revise the engine range: it will include three gasoline-electric power plants at once, including a plug-in hybrid.
The Lexux RX, which will change the generation after seven years on the assembly line, will be based on the TNGA platform, or rather, its modification GA-K. The starting version of the SUV will receive a 2.4-liter turbocharged petrol unit from the “younger” NX, which will replace the 3.5-liter “aspirated” V6. The motor produces 279 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque.
The least powerful of the three hybrid options, the RX350h, will borrow the setup from the same NX in the 350h version. It consists of a 2.5 engine and an electric motor. Up a notch is the RX450h+ with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
Finally, at the top of the RX range, insiders expect to see the RX500h modification with a plug-in hybrid setup that combines a 2.4-liter supercharged internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
The current generation Lexus RX has been in production since 2015. The top version of the crossover with the RX450h index produces 313 forces. It is likely that the new RX500h hybrid will be more powerful than this indicator, but even approximate characteristics have not yet been announced.
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