Lexus has unveiled its fifth-generation RX hybrid SUV in India, with a starting price of Rs 95.80 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2023 Lexus RX offers a choice of two engines and features a nickel-metal hydride battery. This luxury SUV competes with the likes of the Mercedes GLE, BMW X5, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The new RX boasts a competitive price tag, a departure from the brand’s earlier models which were generally priced higher than rivals. This resulted in a delay in launching the RX in India. The 2023 Lexus RX was introduced to the Indian market at Auto Expo 2023.
The RX lineup in India includes the RX350h Luxury variant priced at Rs 95.80 lakh and the higher-performance RX500h F-Sport+ variant priced at Rs 1.18 crore (both prices, ex-showroom, India). For a detailed breakdown of the pricing, please refer to the information provided below.
Lexus continues to offer luxurious features and exceptional performance with the 2023 RX. This new launch promises to be a fierce competitor in the luxury SUV market.
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2023 Lexus RX: Powertrains, Exterior, Interior, Features, and Rivals
Lexus has recently launched the fifth-generation RX in India, offering customers a choice of two powertrains. The RX350h Luxury features a 2.5-liter petrol engine with a CVT, capable of producing 250hp and 242Nm in combination with the electric motor. The all-wheel-drive system is standard, and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour. The RX500h F-Sport+ is equipped with a 2.4-liter turbo-petrol engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox, producing 371hp and 460Nm of torque and standard all-wheel drive. The RX500h can do 0-100kph in 6.2 seconds (claimed) and has a top speed of 210kph, with a bipolar nickel-metal hydride battery.
The new RX features the brand’s Alluring X Verve design language and emulates the ‘spindle body’ appearance of the RZ electric SUV, with the RX500h F-Sport+ getting a body kit that has some visual differences over the standard model, including piano black accents. The RX measures 4,890mm in length, 1,920mm in width, and 1,650mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,850mm, making it 25mm wider and 60mm longer than the previous generation.
The Tazuna concept incorporated into the fifth-gen RX, also known as the ‘human-centric’ concept, connects the driver to the road for better concentration. It comes with a heads-up display, a 14-inch touchscreen, a wireless charger, wireless Apple CarPlay (wired Android Auto), and a panoramic sunroof, as well as three interior colors and two trim levels.
The RX competes with Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace, and Audi Q7, but the GLE diesel variants are the closest rival with a price range of Rs 90.90 lakh to Rs 1.09 crore, while the petrol-powered GLE 450 is temporarily unavailable.