• Nov 12, 2008
Our friendly neighborhood Toyota/Lexus spokesman, Curt McAllister, dropped us a note with an official announcement of what's coming to the Lexus booth at next week's LA Auto Show, and as expected, the big reveal will be the reworked RX luxury crossover. Like the current crossovers, the RX will come in two prescription strengths: the conventional RX350 with a 3.5L V6 and the hybrid flavored RX450h. The bump in nomenclature from the current RX400h likely implies some enhancements to the powertrain including a bump from the current 3.3L V6 to the 3.5L engine used in the 350. It's assumed the RX400h will also boast enhancements to the hybrid drive system with tech pulled from the 2010 Toyota Prius. The photo above, taken of the Japanese brochure, appeared online showing an evolution of the current design rather than a revolutionary redesign. In addition to the RX, LA will host the North American debut of the all-wheel-drive equipped LS460 and the IS 250C Convertible.

[Source: Lexus]


Lexus to Debut 2010 RX at the Los Angeles Auto Show

TORRANCE (Nov. 11, 2008) – Lexus will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2010 RX 450h hybrid and RX 350 luxury utility vehicles at a press conference at the upcoming 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19.

The next generation RX models will raise the bar above the current best-selling products by offering outstanding luxury, comfort, technology, safety and efficiency.

Recently revealed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the 2010 IS convertible will make its North American debut at the show. The IS 250C and IS 350C convertibles feature a lightweight aluminum three-panel roof that opens in just seconds. They feature the same powertrains as the IS sedans: the IS 250C receives a 2.5-liter, 204-hp V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; and the IS 350C contains a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V6 with a six-speed automatic.

Also making their first appearance are the 2009 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L all-wheel drive (AWD) luxury sedans. Available in both standard and long wheelbase, they utilize a highly compact center TORSEN® Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) that optimally distributes drive torque between the front and rear wheels, thus helping to ensure excellent traction performance and driving stability.

The RX press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 19, at 1:20 p.m. PST in the Lexus display area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Regardless of how I think this new Rx looks, it's long overdue. The Rx's exterior hasn't really changed since it came out some 10 years ago.

      Few people (not on Autoblog) could really tell the difference between one fresh off the boat and one from 98.
      • 6 Years Ago
      front reminds me of the new Seat Ibiza

      http://www.autounleashed.com/images/new_seat_ibiza.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Infiniti EX to me and its interior looks like the new Toyota Venza.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it needs a better background?

      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3276/2997091130_478db59a44.jpg?v=0

      looks a lil better....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way too evolutionary a design. The present version's looks have been stale for years, and this one hardly deviates. I'm disappointed, as the current car is solid but a letdown in appearance. Acura's looks have gone to hell and the Murano is a mess, so I guess the Europeans are the only option.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The CX-9 is still a little classy, but it does the sport thing better than it does luxury.

        The Veracruz is too bland, the MKX is nice but lacking in expensive feeling interior materials although it's a nice interior.

        I've been in the RX, I always thought it was nothing special, the painted plastics, and the cheap vinyl, matched with the hideous wood, never EVER struck me as to why it was so highly regarded.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it, even though it doesn't look that different from the outgoing one.

      Also you can definitely tell Toyota makes their cars out of a recycling bin. all their cars have some styling cue
      (headlights, tailghts, shape, etc.) that's reminiscent of some other Toyota/Lexus. While i think that's a smart move internally because it cuts cost, they shouldnt do it a much externally... after a while it starts to look cheesy
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats a real shame... I was hoping it looked better. I guess Mom will get the X5 Diesel to satisfy her Green SUV need. I'm not a Lexus hater, I actually love the RX450h she has right now but this just looks downright bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GMC Acadia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Front end of a bloated ES350... rear end of a Subaru Tribeca... FIRST YEAR !!!! OH NO.. there goes my hopes of replacing my RX300 with another RX. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this share a platform with the Venza?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the front is a big improvement. The fender line looks lowered and the hood looks sportier. Perhaps the RX product managers have realized they are losing "luxo-sporty SUV-thing" sales to the FX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      anybody else think that rear en looks like the love child of an Infiniti EX and a Subaru Tribeca?

      Maybe it's just me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I saw Subaru all over that rear end shot.

        Peace
        policy
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai Veracruz anyone? Who is copying off who here?
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you kidding me, hyundai hasn't come up with an original design in the past 10 years
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