There's no doubting the importance of the Lexus RX. It's one of the top-selling models from one of the top-selling luxury marques. At the cutting edge when introduced in the late '90s, the RX is now on its third iteration, with a fourth on the way – and this appears to be our best look at it yet.

Coming your way via a leaked brochure, the 2013 Lexus RX is apparently undergoing a facelift that will bring its appearance in line with the brand's latest design language – centering around the pinched chrome-edged "spindle" grille that characterizes the front of the latest GS sedan. Reshaped headlamps with a strip of LEDs flank either side, and, of course, it's all riding on new wheels.

While the RX may not be exactly what you'd call "performance-oriented" – floating as it does down the road and communicating less through the steering wheel than you'd expect from a pouting pre-teen behind a slammed bedroom door – the new model is apparently getting an F Sport trim kit. That would include a new front bumper, honeycomb grille, rear spoiler, bigger wheels and tinted lamps, with sportier trim to match on the inside.

We'd expect to see Lexus officially release the new RX sometime within the next few weeks, with a probable debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but in the meantime you can scope it out right here.


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      mpdlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL..... NORTH-FACE JACKET? Check I-PHONE? Check LEASED LEXUS PAYMENT? Check COACH HANDBAG? Check. *Whew! Now I can fit in with my other show-off neighbors. NONE of us are really rich. We haven't really "made it" yet so we gotta show off with status symbols. BUT.....if we have to pay $40 to see a doctor? Oh my goodness we're mad.
      larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't rate-----Lexus quality.
      mpdlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      LEXUS-BENZ-BMW.... Not luxury brands any longer. SO MANY on the road. Especially in poorer neighborhoods, lol. There's other brands out there....more options, better ride. $10,000 cheaper.
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks an awful lot like an Audi... but then again, the japanese car companies have always copied others - saves them a fortune on R&D.
      Bert Liu
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a japanese domestic brochure.... A lot of toyota parts are never made it to outside market. I wonder if that F treatment will ever get oversea...
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      this new grill is the major design fauxpas ever....
      JESSE
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the love of all humanity!!!! What the hell are they doing over there at Lexus!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Burabus
        • 3 Years Ago
        F Sport has always been a body kit and some tweaks. An IS-F is not the same as an IS F Sport
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
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        AJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just like M sport, S line and amg wheels on standard Mercedes
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AJ
          Um I actually have an M sport package on my 2006 330 ci. Yes, it came with M wheels, an M body kit, an M steering wheel and M sport seats. It also came with different cams, different gearing for the trans, and a more free flowing exhaust and a tighter suspension. So there, take that.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AJ
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      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      New Lexus' design language: being anonymous and unnoticed while creaming for attention.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. The CT200h has such a boring frontal design. So why on earth Lexus decided to transplant its face unto the new GS is beyond me. Now the RX? Sorry, this looks boring. The design doesn't fit in with the rest of the car at all. Lexus and design don't go together at all. Such lame and boring pansy ass "designs".
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Say what you want but at least it's not boring
      MynameisDwayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is still such a wanna-be-rich mommy-machine. And that back end's design is still flawed after all this time.
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MynameisDwayne
        I'll bet plenty of moms want to be rich. This is a critique ... how?
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