• Nov 19, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Lexus RX350 and RX450h

Lexus dropped the third-generation RX on the world today here at the LA Auto Show. As before, the RX luxury crossover comes in two forms, the standard issue RX350 and the hybrid RX450h. The 3.5L RX350 gets a power bump to 275 hp while the hybrid engine grows from 3.3L up to 3.5L and 295 total horsepower. Lexus has improved the inverter that converts between DC power from the battery to AC for the motor, making the whole hybrid drivetrain more efficient. The RX450h gets a unique grill and badging to set it slightly apart from the new RX350, while both models get plenty of new gizmos and gadgets including an upgraded navigation and telematics system. For instance, a new controller for the nav system that Toyota calls Remote Touch provides customizable haptic feedback as you use it. A larger brighter OLED display screen also offers an improved angle of vision and a heads up display is available for the first time. The design is an obvious evolution of the previous RX, but now features a more broad-shouldered look just like the Toyota Highlander with which it shares its platform. Check out the press release after the jump as well as our high-res images in the galleries below.




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PRESS RELEASE

Lexus Stages World Debut of All-New RX 350 and RX 450h at Los Angeles Auto Show

November 19, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA - Lexus unveiled the all-new, next generation RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid at a press conference today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle that pioneered the car-based luxury utility vehicle segment when it launched in 1998, is completely redesigned and will continue to set new benchmarks in areas that have made it the best-selling luxury utility vehicle: innovation, styling, performance, utility and comfort.

At the heart of the new RX models are two improved powertrains. Entering its second generation, the RX 450h will feature an enhanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine that runs on a highly efficient Atkinson cycle. Combined with a new, more efficient inverter, the total system output will be 295 horsepower, 27 more horsepower than the current generation RX hybrid.

Another step in the Lexus Hybrid Drive's evolution is the addition of two new systems that improve its efficiency. The first is an exhaust-heat recovery system that reduces engine warm-up time allowing it to stop earlier, more often, and for longer periods. The result is an improvement in both fuel economy and emissions. The second is a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system that reduces engine pumping losses, which also helps to improve economy.

The RX 450h features a front-wheel hybrid drive or an electronically driven, part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) hybrid drive system, which supplies the rear wheels with the optimal amount of torque as conditions demand. Unlike mechanical AWD systems that reduce fuel efficiency via added weight and friction, the RX 450h's rear-mounted electric motor-generator allows all four wheels to perform regenerative braking, charging the hybrid battery more effectively.

The third generation RX 350 will be powered by an improved 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electrically controlled, sequential-shift six-speed transaxle. The all-wheel-drive version will feature an Active Torque Control AWD system that optimizes torque depending on driving conditions, resulting in improved efficiency and performance.

Both RX models feature a new, uniquely designed double-wishbone rear suspension that helps provide exceptional agility and control. Its distinctive design also allows for five percent more cargo volume and easier loading. To complement the new rear suspension and provide excellent dexterity and ride comfort, the front McPherson strut geometry was optimized.

The all-new RX models possess a number of Lexus-first technologies that enhance the ownership experience. An available Hard Disk Drive (HDD) navigation system has an all-new "Remote Touch" controller that is both intuitive and ergonomic. Positioned on the center console, Remote Touch is as natural to the driver's hand as a computer mouse. It can also be customized to the desired level of haptic feedback. While RX will feature voice recognition as standard, the new navigation system will also include a new casual language voice-recognition system that acknowledges conversational commands. Standard XM® satellite-radio capability (requires subscription) is joined by XM NavTraffic and new NavWeather features.

The spacious five-passenger interior includes a new, thoughtfully constructed "dual-zone cockpit" design. This intuitive layout helps the driver navigate the advanced interior of the new RX, which features two distinct yet integrated zones: a "display zone" and an "operation zone."

The "display zone" assists the driver via an eight-inch, navigation display that is set back in the dash for improved visibility. A white Organic LED multi-informational display ensures exceptional readability from a wide angle. An optional Heads-up Display reduces the need for excessive eye movement, and the use of high-intensity LEDs make the display bright enough to be read in direct sunlight.
The "operation zone" provides access and control to a large range of information through the available "Remote Touch" navigation controller and the steering-wheel-mounted multi-information switch.

The exterior of the all-new RX has a strong stance and powerful new body design with the goal of enhancing comfort and maneuverability. The inverted-trapezoid design in the front and the horizontally integrated rear are incorporated together via a pronounced shoulder along the RX's profile. Stylish molding around the side windows and at the base of the doors provides low-profile strength. Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels complement the exterior with a strong, sporty look, with optional 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels providing another styling cue. While it has increased in nearly every dimension, overall aerodynamic advancement was aided by a specially designed undertray, resulting in a segment-topping 0.32 coefficient of drag (Cd).

The RX 450h hybrid will have its own unique styling features, including an exclusive grille, hybrid badging including blue-trimmed Lexus logos, unique front bumper, a special 19-inch optional wheel design, blue-tinted headlamps and taillamps, and optional LED headlamps.

The new RX is available with a selection of luxury and sport option packages, which include features like Lexus' exclusive Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, dynamic radar cruise control, and a Sports Package featuring a sport-tuned suspension.

The all-new RX will offer a wide-angle side view monitor. With a camera located under the passenger side-view mirror, the driver can check hard-to-view areas on the passenger side of the vehicle by simply selecting a button on the navigation screen or the steering wheel and view the camera image on the navigation screen.

True to its heritage, the RX's active and passive safety systems continue to be among the vehicle's most impressive features. Lexus' available Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) seamlessly integrates individual systems like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Traction Control (TRAC). It operates in a smooth proactive way via throttle, steering and braking to help prevent skids while cornering before the vehicle reaches its operating limits on slippery roads or other challenging conditions.

The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) relies on millimeter-wave radar technology to recognize a possible frontal collision and primes the brake assist and retracts the driver's and front passenger's seat-belt in anticipation of the crash. An intelligent Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) is available with HID low- and high-beam headlamps on both models, while the RX 450h also offers the AFS with LED low-beam and Halogen high-beam headlamps. Both anticipate the vehicle's location based on vehicle speed and steering angle, swiveling the front headlamps into the turn. An optional new automatic high-beam system detects light from oncoming vehicles, preceding vehicles or ambient sources and automatically switches from high to low beams.

Passive safety features include a class-leading 10 standard airbags on the new RX, including dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags (including the Lexus exclusive twin-chamber front-passenger airbag), driver and front-passenger knee airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. It is also equipped with Lexus' front-seat active headrests, designed to help reduce a possible whiplash injury when in certain lower speed collisions from the rear.

The all-new 2010 RX 350 will go on sale next February, while the 2010 RX 450h will reach dealerships nationwide in the spring.


2010 RX 350 and RX 450h PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

2010 RX 350 and RX 450h PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

2010 RX 350

2009 RX 350

2010 RX 450h

2008 RX 400h

Total Horsepower

275 hp

270 hp

295 hp

268 hp

Engine

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

Transmission

6-speed automatic with sequential shift

5-speed automatic

Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

Towing Capacity*

3,500 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

Width
(inches)

74.2

72.6

74.2

72.6

Height

(inches)

66.5

66.1

66.5

66.1

Overall Length

(inches)

187.8

186.2

187.8

187.2

Wheelbase

(inches)

107.9

106.9

107.9

106.9

Drive Wheels

FWD or AWD

FWD or AWD

FWD or AWD

FWD or AWD

Wheels

18x7.5

w/235/60R18

or

19x7.5

w/235/55R19

(optional)

17x6.5 w/225/65SR17

or

18x7.0 w/235/55VR18

(optional)

18x7.5

w/235/60R18

or

19x7.5

w/235/55R19

(optional)

17x6.5 w/225/65SR17

or

18x7.0 w/235/55VR18

(optional)

Emissions

Rating

ULEV II

ULEV II

SULEV

SULEV

* With optional Towing Package




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      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like an IS mini van...gross
      • 6 Years Ago
      They can keep it! The styling is too feminine.

      I'm sure the female buyer will flock to this...because that's who they are targeting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It apparently comes with an UGLY STICK as standard equipment... for its nightly beatings. That thing is pretty awful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Luxury, tall hatchbacks, nothing more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is up with these new Toyota interiors? There are designers in Germany vomiting as I type this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many thousands of dollars the nav will cost with an OLED screen. Should look nice though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      venza!
      wow that is awful
      engine is nice but thats it...
      i cringed when i saw that
      toyota has no originality...AT ALLL
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks a little too generic.
      I'd rather take a more-powerful, better-handling, equally-luxurious, more-practical Acura MDX.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Motortrend ran the 07 MDX 0-60 in 7.6, the quarter in 16.0 @ 87.8 mph.

        They ran the 08 RX350 - pretty much the same powertrain as the new one - 0-60 in 6.7, quarter in 15.2 @ 90.

        The Acura may be more powerful on paper but like most Honda vehicles those brochure numbers don't really show up in the real world.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Dan
        You fail to mention that the MDX seats up to 3 more people, is overall larger, more towing capacity. Not to mention a superior AWD system which provides more traction. Performance isn't just straight line speed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The front reminds me of the Ridgeline for some reason, especially first picture in this article.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The new powertrain is faster (assuming the same axle ratio as the Venza 4.398)
        This should drop the 0-60 to about 6 even, 1/4 to 15 flat
      • 6 Years Ago
      I absolutely love that interior! Pretty dramatic for Lexus standards. The exterior is a little too bulky though, but overall it's a decent evolution of the RX design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it has a puffy face, even though the cuv might not be huge in person, it certainly looks like it in the photos....someone needs to put it on a treadmill. Compared to this thing, the last generation and even the first, look 10x better
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will please current owners and turn off everyone else. Who in their right mind thinks this looks better than an Enclave inside or out? The interior is over the top and garish. The exterior is a step down from the current model. Even the wheels are lame. Why cant Lexus compete with Audi in styling? I wasnt a fan of the 2010 SRX when the pics came out but it looks better than this. I'm sure the interior will be better as well. Lexus needs a new design staff ASAP. This will not erase the sales declines they are facing now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      R.I.P. center differential

      The Venza & Highlander don't have double wishbone rear suspension.
      The Venza has transverse rear muffler, the highlander doesn't
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