The new 2016 RX is the fourth generation of the luxury SUV to be launched by Lexus. It features a wide variety of improvements and changes, mainly based in terms of design. The comfort still the same, as expected from the Japanese maker.
A design focused in hard edges and sharp lines was conceived to send a modernism feeling, besides its undeniable, intimidating look. Its new form could reduce the room, but there isn’t a loss in comfort.
Let’s check out some of the main features of the new 2016 RX.
The 2016 RX packs a direct injection DOHC 24-valve VVT-iW 3.5 L V6 with dual overhead cams. Along this cutting-edge engine, we found an 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission offers a Selectable Driving Mode and features a Sequential Shift Control.
This setup provides 295 hp at 6300 RPM and 267 lb-ft at 4700 RPM. These numbers translate to the capacity of going from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) is an estimated of 7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). This may seem little for a luxury SUV. It gets worst if you compare these numbers with German ones from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Even with VW.
In terms of suspension, the 2016 RX features a MacPherson strut suspension in the front and double wishbone in the rear. An Adaptive Variable Suspension smart system (AVS) provides versatility depending on the terrain conditions, in order to enhance comfort.
There is an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for improved safety on the road. We can found 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS system. Touching the ground, there are 20-inch wheels with Michelin Premier LTX tires.
Designed to Excel and Comfort
The 2016 RX has an edgier, more modern design, inspired in hard, sharp lines that maintain optimum aerodynamic properties. In the headlights, we found an even more evident “L”, this time built with LED technology. But, the best-selling luxury SUV is more than looks.
There is a massive use of aluminum to dramatically decrease weight in an important way. The use of lightweight material could be extremely necessary for an SUV like the 2016 RX, which has an overload of lavish toys.
The RX, as expected, excels in comfort and luxury. The interior has all the mandatory elements of a vehicle considered “fancy”. Great opulence is found in the interior.
The F version of the 2016 RX features drilled aluminum pedals, 10-way power driver’s and front passenger’s bucket seats upholstered with red leather, a leather steering wheel inspired in the LFA supercar, and many other splendid details.
On the main console, is located an 11.6-inch touchscreen, controlling a 9-speaker premium audio system and a navigation service.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Rx is a big event for Lexus, offering a notorious overhaul for its premium, luxury SUV.
The new look is about showing up the modernism of Japanese engineering. Its sharps edges are aggressive and severe. This new, modernized form could cut some space inside the cockpit.
In fact, the specialized media didn’t like the absence of a third row of seats.
Despite this popular complaint, the 4225 lb (1916 kg) SUV delivers a smooth experience, even better in comparison with the past generation. Right now, the luxury SUV’s market is well provided. Between this and all the German models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, consumers have many options.
The RX’s numbers aren’t really impressive, but the prices aren’t bulky either. In this order of ideas, the 2016 RX has an estimated base price of US$42.000.