The weird thing is that Lexus reverse course with the mouse controller. First, we got the joystick...then the mouse pad on the CT and NX...and now back to joystick.
Note electronic parking brake.
Note electronic parking brake.
That is expected but I hope with their more upscale SUV's that they'll create more differences between the NX, RX and what ever else they have planned for.I watched the unveiling of the newly designed 2016 RX and it looks awesomely NXish.
Fyi, There's a discussion on this topic in the Lexus NX Group (USA) on Facebook.
Good point, weird how I didn't think about that.Actually with the GX hitting the chopping block, I would have expected the RX redesign to align less with the NX and also because the RX is the staple and predecessor instead of vice versa.
LX will always have body-on-frame and solid rear axle. This is because Land Cruisers abroad must have these due to the terrain that they are driven on.Good point, weird how I didn't think about that.
Now going with that point, it would make sense to upscale the RX a bit and in the process adjust its design accordingly, maybe even diluting some of its sportiness in the process.
But this also begs to question what the next generation Lexus LX will be like..
Allow me to crib from the SAT's analogy section for a sec: The RX is to Lexus as the F-150 is Ford. In the Lexus brand's 26 short years of existence, the company has sold more than 2.1 million vehicles. Of those 2.1 million, about 630,000 (or three in 10) are examples of the highly successful Lexus RX. In short, it's a big freaking deal. It's with those facts in mind that Toyota has gone back to the drawing board, seeking to evolve the 2016 Lexus RX in such a way to appeal to its existing customers while widening its popular appeal. Unveiled today at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus RX doesn't mess with its successful package too much. The crossover's largest changes are to its physical dimensions. Sharing its basic platform with the Toyota Highlander, the 2016 RX's wheelbase grows 1.9 inches from the 2015 model to 107.9 inches. The 2016 RX's overall length grows, too, increasing 4.7 inches to 192.5 inches. With more sheetmetal to work with than before, Lexus sought to make the RX look sportier, achieving the effect with a more aggressive roofline, blacked-out C-pillars, and muscular front fender flares that flow through the length of the RX's flanks. Up front is Lexus' familiar spindle grille -- it gets a mesh treatment on F-Sport models -- and LED running lights, foglights, and available "triple L"-shaped headlights. In back, the new RX sports LED taillights and dual-exhaust pipes on V-6 models.
Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1504_2016_lexus_rx_first_look/#ixzz3WjH4Wk44
What the new RX doesn’t yet have, but we’re told is on the way, is a third row of seats. The added versatility of a seven-passenger version should broaden the appeal of the RX to a wider audience. Expect to see the RX 350 and RX 450h in showrooms by the end of the year, with the three-row version coming sometime in 2016.
That's if they really want to make it as roomy as possible without sacrificing cargo space or anything. How they end up gong about this will be interesting.IMO, it seems the roof line would have to change (less slope) to get another row of seats. Also, there doesn't appear to be much room aft of the rear doors for third row seating. Lexus may be following the Nissan Murano lead and not offer third row seating for the RX, the logic being if you want the extra row, go to a longer platform where there is greater space for it. Luxury is not being shoe horned in the third row.