After making its world debut half a year ago in the US, Lexus Philippines has launched the all-new, fifth-generation RX in the country. Featuring a more mature-looking exterior, a cutting-edge cabin, and new powertrains under the hood, the 2023 RX is set to break boundaries first set by its predecessor back in 1998.
First and foremost, the all-new RX is no longer available with a naturally-aspirated V6. Instead, all variants of the next-generation crossover now only come with a four-cylinder under the hood. But just because it lost two cylinders doesn’t mean it lost performance.
Sitting atop the range is the RX 500h F-Sport which the automaker has billed as its first performance-focused turbo hybrid. It’s powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four that gets a helping hand from electrification. It makes a total system output of 371 PS with 550 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. With the Direct4 AWD system equipped as standard, the RX 500h F-Sport can catapult itself from 0 - 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds.
For those who prefer something more economical, there’s also the RX 350h. It gets a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that puts out 249 PS and 316 Nm of torque. Instead of an automatic gearbox, the RX 350h is mated to an e-CVT.
Moving to the RX’s new design, the sporty crossover features the new “spindle body” design language, allowing Lexus to make its signature grille stand out more. It also comes with a bolder stance courtesy of a sleeker ‘front to rear’ posture. Not only does it get a more coupe-like design thanks to an extended hood, but Lexus was also able to stretch its wheelbase by 60mm and lower the roofline by 10mm. In addition, the automaker widened the RX’s track by 45mm.
Also worth mentioning about the all-new RX are the sharper triple LED headlights, the L-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs), the eye-catching signature LED taillights, the new ‘L E X U S’ badging on the tailgate, and the huge 21-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, Lexus took on a more driver-focused approach when it came to the RX's cockpit with the Tazuna concept. It gives the driver direct and intuitive control of things like the heads-up color display, and the infotainment system while providing very minimal eye and head movement for less distraction.
Lexus Philippines did not go into specifics about the RX's interior amenities, but over in Thailand, the RX has a full leather interior, a power-adjustable steering column, electrically-adjustable front seats with memory function, a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, a wireless charging pad, and advanced automatic parking assist.
In addition, the 14-inch infotainment screen is also likely to have features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, plus USB-A/USB-C ports. Depending on the variant, there's also a choice between a 12-speaker Panasonic sound system or a 21-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system.
For increased safety and peace of mind on the road, all Lexus RX variants come with the latest Safety System+ suite with improvements on the Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist for smoother operation and better accident risk detection.
The 2023 Lexus RX is now available in three variants, and their pricing is as follows:
2023 Lexus RX350h Executive: PHP 5,058,000
2023 Lexus RX350h Premier: PHP 6,188,000
2023 Lexus RX500h F-Sport: PHP 6,688,000