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Spied: 2016 Lexus RX Spotted for the First Time

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/7/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The best-selling luxury crossover in the U.S. is due for a major redesign soon in the form of a lighter, sleeker body. Our spy photographers captured the very first images of the 2016 Lexus RX out testing in Europe and discovered a number of significant updates.

It appears the RX has grown in size to differentiate itself from the compact NX. Although its dimensions are larger, the RX should lose weight thanks to the use of aluminum in the hood, doors, and tailgate. Perhaps this modification could also boost the RX's current fuel economy rating of 18/25 mpg city/highway. The RX of today is available with a standard 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6, but details of the next-gen model's powertrain options remain scarce.

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Look at the front of the vehicle and you'll notice an edgier grille with more vertical slats, comparable to the NX. As in the outgoing RX, look for a bold spoiler and dramatic character lines that run across the side of the vehicle.

Under the hood, we expect the RX will continue to offer six-cylinder and hybrid powertrain options. To compete with the likes of the Acura MDX, the new Lexus may also feature a seven-passenger configuration as an alternative to the standard five-seat model. Hopefully it will borrow the NX's revised Remote Touch interface that has a more responsive touchpad instead of the outdated mouse on the current RX.

Photo source: Chris Doane Automotive


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