The RX crossover has been a staple in Lexus’ lineup since 1999, first as the RX 300, then as the RX 330, and now as the RX 350. Despite receiving a redesign just five years ago and an update in 2013, Lexus is set to reveal the all-new fourth-generation RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show on April 1st.
The details surrounding the 2016 Lexus RX remain unknown to this point, but the teaser image Lexus revealed (above) does give us a few details. First, the RX clearly includes the “floating roof” – a black panel that extends from the rear door glass to the rear hatch – which was included in a rendering that the folks at Lexus Enthusiast dug up. Additionally, it looks as if the new RX will take on a more aggressive look, with more angular body lines and more dramatically flared rear wheel arches.
What remains a mystery is the drivetrain. There have been some whispers that the RX will move to a rear-wheel-drive setup, though Lexus hasn’t addressed these rumors. A move to rear-wheel drive may put the RX at a slight disadvantage, as it will suddenly draw comparison to the more upscale BMW X5 and the Mercedes M-Class. However, it does give the model the setup it would need to carry a 467-horsepower F model – something that may help give the Lexus SUV lineup the push it needs.
Chances are that the RX will retain its front-wheel-drive platform, but the thought of a rear-driven RX F is just too intriguing to write off at this point. Additionally, the renderings that Lexus Enthusiast posted do show a body that could accommodate a larger engine and a rear-drive setup.
Another likely big change for the 2016 RX will be the introduction of a third row. The Infiniti QX60 and the Acura MDX both offer a third row, so it only makes sense that the RX has the same.
We’ll learn more when Lexus reveals the new SUV in New York, so stay tuned for additional details.