Lexus Malaysia has published a teaser on its social media channels for the 2023 Lexus RX, signalling an impending launch for the revamped SUV here on our shores, nearly a year after its global debut.
Based on previous rumours, the all-new 2023 Lexus RX could be offered in two variants here in Malaysia – an entry-level RX 350 Luxury, as well as the range-topping RX 500h F Sport, representing the two extremes of the global variant line-up.
The RX 350 utilises a 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-four engine underneath its bonnet, paired to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox to send 279 hp and 430 Nm to the front wheels.
On the RX 500h, meanwhile, the same 2.4-litre turbocharged engine is electrified with a parallel hybrid set-up, and paired to an additional electric motor on the rear axle (dubbed eAxle) that boosts its total outputs up to 373 hp and 550 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a Direct4 all-wheel drive system, and – uniquely on a Hybrid – a six-speed automatic gearbox (instead of an e-CVT) for weight-saving considerations.
Globally, the all-new 2023 Lexus RX is also available in RX 350h and RX 450h+ variants. Both are powered by the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four engine, though the former only gets a single electric motor (integrated series-parallel system) for a total of 249 hp and 316 Nm, while the latter adds another motor on the rear axle for a combined system output of 309 hp.
If the rumours are true, then the variant line-up for the 2023 Lexus RX in Malaysia stands out as one of the most unique, as we are the only region to offer the base non-electrified RX 350 variant; Thailand has the RX 450h+ exclusively, Indonesia the RX 350h and RX 450h+, while Singapore has the RX 350h and RX 500h (to be launched at a later date).
In terms of looks, the all-new fifth-generation model represents a fresh take on the signature Lexus RX looks, with a revamped “Spindle Body” grille, sharper lighting, and cleaner body lines.
Aside from the new TNGA-K platform underneath, the all-new Lexus RX’s most notable change is found within the cabin, where a massive 14-inch touchscreen infotainment display adorns the dashboard, replacing the much-maligned Remote Touch system.
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