Lexus has unveiled the all-new 2016 model year RX SUV at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The company’s best-selling vehicle of all time – with just over 2.1 million units shipped – is poised for a renaissance to take on its German rivals at their own game. We expect it to also be publically unveiled at the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) in October.

2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport 2

Featuring the brand’s signature emboldened spindle grille, and an even more aggressive front bumper, the RX now adds LED headlamps atop LED daytime running lights. It even has LED foglamps to boot. Lexus is replacing the old 19-inch wheels with new 20-inch aluminium metal in some markets, which can be individualised with colour-coded inserts.

2016 Lexus RX 450h 1

This RX is not small, stretching to 4.88 metres in length, 1.89m in width and standing at 1.69m tall. The rear features some L-shaped LED rear lights, a C-pillar with an integrated piano look, as well as chromed dual exhaust tailpipes. The kitted F Sport model also has a rear air diffuser nestled between those tailpipes.

2016 Lexus RX 450h 2

The interior, made roomier by a 2.79cm wheelbase, is more plush and relaxing, with plenty of tech and comfort features to keep up with the Motsepes. For one, head-up display (HUD) is now part of the RX setup and comes in full colour. The rear seats can now be heated, and some passenger entertainment is now available in the form of two 29.5cm screens for watching movies and so on.

2016 Lexus RX 450h 3

Lexus is safety-conscious and in addition to the normal safety systems like airbags and ABS brakes with EBD, they have installed tech like the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) among others.

2016 Lexus RX 450h 4

Model engines have remained the same as those in current big Lexus, and are the 350 F Sport and the 450h. The 350 features the 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 with about 224kW, while the 450h has a total system output of around the same figure. Both are pushed forth by a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. We’d like to see the new 177kW 2.0-litre turbo being utilised here as well. And perhaps while we are dreaming, see the 351kW 5.0-litre V8 from the RC F in there too.

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