2016 Lexus RX Changes — Luxury SUV Will Come With Radical Improvements

The 2016 Lexus RX is coming next year as an updated version. Although they haven’t made any radical changes of the exterior, the 2016 RX will still have a few tweaks. Reportedly, the appearance will be refreshed, but that’s just the beginning of the list of changes. Currently, there’s no information about the interior improvement. It’s speculated that the 2016 Lexus RX will get a more comfortable interior, but it isn’t known for sure. There are rumors about the possibility that the SUV gets a third row of seats. If this happens, that would expand the RX’s influence on the market, since it’s going to be attractive for the people who need more than five seats. The powertrain of the 2016 Lexus RX will, reportedly, be unchanged. Although it’s going to be carried over, it could have some tweaks. Some say that the most important change of the new 2016 Lexus RX is its vast use of aluminum. Reportedly, they used more aluminum than before, decreasing the SUV’s weight. Thus, the 2016 RX could have better fuel economy and performance.

 2016 Lexus RX Exterior

2016 Lexus RX Exterior And Interior Changes

As we already said, the exterior will be refreshed, but don’t expect a major makeover. The upcoming model’s body design is still secret, so we can only make assumptions, but it’s almost certain that the 2016 Lexus RX is going to suffer just some mild tweaks. They will probably keep the established design language, so the upcoming RX won’t drastically diverge from the predecessors style. Those tweaks could just make the 2016 Lexus RX more aggressive and dynamic. The interior is also a secret. If the luxury SUV gets a more comfortable cabin, there might be a slim chance of installing the third row of seats, but even if they manage to provide additional space for the third row, those seats probably won’t be able to accommodate adults with the same comfort as the first- and second-row seats. Aside from the possible interior changes, the 2016 Lexus RX will get the latest technology. According to some sources, the SUV might come with features that were available only in the upper trims, so we can expect the entry-level 2016 Lexus RX with more upscale technology than before.

 2016 Lexus RX SUV

Platform Which Provides More Space

The 2016 Lexus RX will have the same platform as the Toyota Highlander. The basic architecture will, according to some rumors, bring the possibility that the RX comes a bit bigger than before. All of this is still at the level of rumors and speculations, but the size increase might actually become reality. If they make the 2016 Lexus RX bigger than before, they could nest the third-row seats inside the cabin.

Aluminum Diet

The manufacturer will make numerous parts of the 2016 Lexus RX out of aluminum. For instance, the hood and the tailgate will be aluminum, but the latest reports said that the 2016 RX could have a lot of carbon-fiber, too. Those weight-decreasing actions will result in significantly better fuel economy and performance.

Powertrain Options Of 2016 Lexus RX

The 2016 Lexus RX will probably, as we already mentioned, carry over the engine lineup. It’s questionable whether the automaker is going to improve those existing engines, but even if they leave them without any improvements, it’s certain that the engines are good enough for the 2016 model year. The 2016 RX will have several engine options. There will be the well-known V6 unit, but some rumors said that the engine borrowed from the NX 200t could find its way under the hood of the new RX. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the 2016 Lexus RX will have a hybrid powertrain, too. Its base will be a 3.5-liter V6. The powertrain is going to deliver 295 horsepower. The 2016 RX will be equipped with a new eight-speed transmission which is expected to contribute not just to the improved performance, but to the SUV’s fuel efficiency, too.

 2016 Lexus RX Interior

2016 Lexus RX Release

It’s known that the release date of the 2016 Lexus RX is scheduled for the next fall, but there’s no more precise information. However, it’s certain that the debut will be in the second half of 2015 and the SUV will be released shortly after the premiere.

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