When it comes to luxury crossover SUVs, Lexus has a triumphant blueprint that continues to out-sell the competition. In 2014 alone, the Lexus RX out sold it’s direct competitor, the BMW X5, and nearly outsold all the BMW crossover models combined with 107,690 units. Now, with the 2016 Lexus RX 350 and 450h, the Japanese auto manufacturer has upped the stakes. The fourth generation Lexus SUV has been redesigned spindle grille to taillights and wheels to roof.
Exterior Changes to the 2016 Lexus RX
For over a decade, the RX has been known for its effortless and comfortable ride with modest appearance. Making one large leap in the opposite direction, Lexus has shaped and sculpted the exterior of it’s newest SUV to give it a more sporty look. Borrowing some of the design features from the NX 200t, the design team added hard edges and folds.
The most noticeable of changes is that of the signature spindle grille. This is one of the largest, most prominent grille designs that the brand has used. It’s wider and more pronounced; nearly sweeping across the front of the vehicle from corner to corner. Even the fog lamps are nested in a triangular-crevasse streams down toward the pavement and jets out toward the road ahead.
A head-on look at this vehicle screams for attention and will definitely get what it demands. Curvilinear headlamps illuminate the road ahead and house the now standard bi-LED lights and optional triple L-shape-LED lights. Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) rest below the LED headlamps and consist of 18 individual LEDs and act as turn indicators. One thing that will be hard to notice on the new RX is the flush fitting headlamp washers that hide out of sight when not in use.
The blacked-out C-pillars of the RX give it a space-aged look of a floating roof for the first time ever seen on a Lexus model. Doors on the new SUV have been finished with a new SmartAccess handle with puddle lamps which provides illumination to the ground below for passengers entering the vehicle. New colors (Caviar, Autumn Shimmer, and Nightfall Mica) canvas the crossover and feature a scratch-resistant self-restoring coat in the body paint. This new coating, using a high-performance macromolecular polymer, resist scratches from fingernails around the door handles and enhances the gloss and color of the paint over a long period of time.
The rear door and deck have hardened, more athletic look as well: