Small updates on the RX lineup for the next season are ready. However, that is nothing compared to what is going to happen. The redesign of the 2021 Lexus RX will change the look of the mid-size SUV. It will still offer three rows of seats, premium equipment, and advanced technologies. The F Sport remains the part of the lineup, as well as RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid models. But, the visual appearance will change, as well as the interior layout.
The new generation of the RX Series is not coming any time soon. The mid-cycle refresh is there to maintain the leading position in the segment. This SUV is facing a very tough competition with Acura MDX and Volvo XC90 being the major threats. But, changes are always drawing the attention of potential buyers. Last year, Toyota sold nearly 100k premium units and also 16,000 hybrids. After the record year, the company is setting new goals for the RX.
The 2021 Lexus RX is one of the most versatile lineups in the automotive industry. In short, there is the base option, a model with extended body and seven seats, hybrid vehicle (also offers three-row L package), and the F Sport trim level. The petrol engine is RX 350, while hybrid you find with RX 450h badge.
2021 Lexus RX 350 Features and Specs
The new 2021 Lexus RX 350 is going to use a 3.5-liter V6 engine as the power source. It sends power to front wheels by default and returns around 23 mpg combined. Total output is 295 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. That is good for 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.
One of the biggest additions already for the 2020 season is Android Auto. Toyota finally added Apple CarPlay last year, and it was just a matter of time when the company will team up with Google’s product. Although bosses said that services are not going to be available for all models, we are sure that flagship SUV is getting both of them. What’s more, Lexus is developing the new infotainment system. The premium brand has a lot of work to catch up with Mercedes’ MBUX and few other offers.
RX 350L Seven-Seat SUV
The L stands for the extension. The 2021 Lexus RX 350L will be the longer version of the mid-size SUV. Currently, it adds 4.4 inches compared to the regular length. This extra space is used for the third row of seats. However, passengers in the rear bench must be kids, since there is not enough space for adults of average height. Total cargo space is 70 cubic feet, and Lexus RX350L lacks room compared to its main rivals.
Hybrid Drivetrain with Better MPG – 2021 Lexus RX 450h
The hybrid setup will keep a 3.5-liter engine as the base. However, the new electric motor will push outputs to at least 315 hp. Also, the gas mileage of the 2021 Lexus RX 450h will jump. We still don’t have predictions. However, currently, this hybrid returns 30 mpg combined, which is a great output for a compact class, and the RX is a mid-size model.
Like for the standard petrol version, the RX 450hL is an extended model for hybrid SUV. Cargo space is the same, and the vehicle will share the same dimensions as its gasoline sibling. However, it is going to consume more fuel and the company is working to fix this issue. Both hybrids are coming exclusively with all-wheel drive.
2021 Lexus RX F Sport
The 2021 Lexus RX F Sport is going to be the most appealing model in the lineup. Small exterior upgrades on the grille and headlights will draw attention. Also, sportier wheels are there for this model. More updates you can expect inside the SUV. Sport leather seats are standard, as well as the cooling and heating options. Compared to the standard version, the RX 350 F Sport adds an active suspension system to double wishbones for front and rear suspension. An eight-speed automatic transmission with the manual model is standard, like for the regular RX 350. With the L package, the power drops to 290 hp.
2021 Lexus RX Prices
With so many options, there are a lot of possibilities with the 2021 Lexus RX. The first choice will be petrol or a hybrid engine. The first one costs $44,000. With all-wheel drive, the SUV jumps to $45,500. The hybrid version will start over $47,000 after upgrades and the gas mileage boost. Further options are extended L package and three-row configurations. For this suite, you will have to pay $5,000. The top trim level is F Sport and it costs $6,000 more for both gasoline and RX 450h version. Navigation is not available on standard configurations and you need to pay $2,150 for this feature. If you are looking for a premium sound by Mark Levinson, it will cost you another $1,000. Fully-loaded RX 450h F Sport is going to cost $70,000.