Lexus is sure to give its RX lineup a major overhaul in terms of powertrain options. That is if we believe the rumors from two Japanese sources, Creative311 and Magazine X.
According to two publications, the Lexus RX 2023 will get a different lineup of powertrains for use with the next-generation model. including a new plug-in hybrid option. The all-new RX will be announced this year.
First, Lexus will reportedly replace its naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with a turbocharged 2.4-liter petrol engine, the same possibility found on the new Lexus NX. This forcibly induced four-banger delivers 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts) and 317 pound-feet (430 Newton-meters) in the NX350.
The hybrid powertrain in the RX lineup will come in three flavors, according to the report. The new range-topper RX500h is said to replace the current RX450h. It will be a PHEV, pairing a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine with an electric motor.
An RX450h+ will follow in the range, which will use a normally aspirated 2.5 liter power plant and an electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery. The base hybrid is said to be called the RX350h, in the same vein as the new NX350h. It will also be powered by a 2.5-liter engine and an electric motor.
Both publications fail to provide output and range numbers for use with the revamped powertrain lineup.
It remains unclear whether Lexus will continue to offer the base 2.0-liter turbocharged option in the revamped RX lineup.
As always, take this report with some skepticism – at least until the automaker provides concrete details.
The Lexus RX 2023 will launch this year, with reports pointing to the latter half of the year. Like today’s newer Toyotas, it will use the TNGA platform.