Thoughtfully redesigned for the new model year, the 2013 Lexus RX was recently introduced to the public at the Geneva (Switzerland) Motor Show. There, during one of Europe’s most acclaimed automotive events, the new RX clearly proved it was ready to extend its leadership position among the world’s most advanced luxury crossovers.
According to Tinley Park Lexus Dealership, leading off the changes to the 2013 RX is the addition of Lexus’ new “spindle grille,” which provides a dynamic visual introduction to the top-selling vehicle in its segment. That grille gives the RX a notably more athletic appearance and is enhanced by redesigned headlamps, LED daytime running lights and striking new fog-lamp bezels. Sophisticated revisions to the RX’s tail lamps and rear license-plate surround complement the changes up front to provide a thoroughly fresh look to the exterior.
In the cabin, owners will now enjoy a redesigned steering wheel and center console, as well as a subtle metallic accent for the glove box and a new interior trim scheme showcasing Ebony Bird’s-Eye Maple wood and available Saddle Leather.
San Jose Lexus Dealer explained the proven RX 350 powertrain continues to rely on Lexus’ smooth-running and powerful 3.5-liter V6 with intelligent dual variable valve timing and 270 hp on tap, with the engine mated to an advanced six-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and a manual-shifting mode. In addition, the 2013 RX 450h boasts the latest iteration of the Lexus Hybrid drive for V8-style performance and the same kind of fuel efficiency found in today’s mid-size sedans: The hybrid setup delivers a total output of 295 hp and EPA ratings of 32 mpg city/28 mpg highway/30 mpg combined in its two-wheel-drive configuration, along with marks of 30/28/29 when kitted out with Lexus’ Active Torque Control all-wheel-drive system. (Active Torque Control also is available on the RX 350.)
For the first time, the RX 450h also can be had with a Sport Appearance package and a Sport driving mode; the former includes a bolder, model-specific front bumper, halogen headlights and 19-inch “superchrome” wheels, while the latter adjusts steering effort, throttle response and shift points for actual performance improvements.
Naturally, both models can provide a long list of standard and available luxury equipment, including:
- Voice-recognition and Bluetooth technology
- A 15-speaker, 330-watt Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system
- Lexus’ Enform telematics platform, capable of processing natural-voice commands
- Hard-drive navigation with the automaker’s signature Remote Touch console-mounted controller
- A Heads Up Display that projects key vehicle information on the interior of the front windshield
- Smart Access with push-button start
- An interior smog sensor that can tell when harmful emissions from other vehicles are leaking into the RX’s cabin, then automatically switch the climate system from fresh air to its recirculation mode
- Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can maintain a pre-set distance between the
- RX and vehicles ahead of it, and automatically pre-charge the brakes and tighten the front seatbelts if a potential collision situation is detected
With all this and more, the 2013 RX 350 and RX 450h are scheduled to go on sale at dealers like Sterling Area Lexus in the U.S. this summer.