Lexus is one of the most underrated brands in India that has failed to charm the Indian market with sales numbers. But time is changing, and so is the manufacturer's approach towards the Indian market. Recently, Lexus made its entry into the Indian Auto Expo for the first time. Moreover, the brand is aggressively focusing on increasing dealers and service networks. Things are changing for good as the brand has launched an all-new RX SUV in two variants- the RX350h Luxury variant at Rs 95.80 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and the RX500h F-Sport+ performance variant at Rs 1.18 crore (ex-showroom, India).
The 2023 Lexus RX SUV that will come to India is the 5th-gen RX built on the newer TNGA-K platform, which also underpins NX SUV launched last year. Lexus has made its front fascia design language quite appealing with Lexus' signature grille. The performance version has different visual clues with the F-Sport body kit. Dimension-wise, RX SUV is almost similar to the previous version with just a 25mm more extended width and 60mm longer wheelbase. The RX350h Luxury and the RX500h F-Sport+ will be offered in eight & six exterior colours, respectively, including a new colour variant – Sonic Copper.
On the Inside, Lexus is offering a choice of three colour options – Black, Dark Sepia and Solis White along with the two trim options, including sumi woodgrain and medium bamboo brown. Lexus is keeping up with the changing technology and thus providing Connected features and services. Moreover, keeping safety in mind, the brand is giving the latest Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 as a standard for driver assistance. Lexus RX SUV will come well equipped with features like - a 14-inch touchscreen, Heads-up-display, and panoramic sunroof, to say the least.
Lexus RX SUV will be offered in two powertrain options, wherein the RX 350h Luxury variant is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT and the electric motor developing 250hp of peak power and 242 Nm torque, capable of launching 0-100kmph of speed in claimed 7.9 secs.
The performance-centric F-Sport+ version gets a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with an e-motor giving an additional boost to produce 371hp of power and 460 Nm of torque. The RX500h will come with an all-wheel drive setup as standard and can do the 0-100kmph in claimed 6.2 seconds.
2023 Lexus RX SUV goes up against- Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, Audi Q7, newly launched Jeep Grand Cherokee, Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo XC90. We have recently done a cool Ultimate SUV story; click on the link here to check it out.