2023 Lexus RX's Face Teased Ahead of Debut

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Photo credit: Lexus
Photo credit: Lexus
  • The 2023 Lexus RX's front end is teased ahead of the new generation's debut later this month.

  • Lexus today announced the new RX will debut at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31.

  • We speculate that the '23 RX will introduce a plug-in-hybrid model, possibly called RX500h.

The world will get its first look at the 2023 Lexus RX at the end of the month. Lexus today posted a teaser image of its most popular model and announced that the new generation of the SUV will debut at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 31.

The image released by Lexus provides an up-close look at the new RX's front end. The brand's spindle grille is still alive and well, with the latest rendition mixing a mostly black mesh design with a partly-blocked-off white panel at the very top. The reshaped headlights feature a familiar check-mark lighting signature, but the headlights themselves are shrouded in darkness. The prominent intake vent on the edge of the front bumper suggests this teaser image could be of an F Sport variant.

Since Lexus only released this one photo, we're left in the dark about what the rest of the next-gen RX will look like as well as what features and powertrains will be offered. Still, we can make some educated guesses about the latter two. The '23 will surely be offered with the huge 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that debuted on the 2022 Lexus NX and will be available on the upcoming electric Lexus RZ. While the current generation of the RX is available with two or three rows of seats, we're not sure whether or not its replacement will also offer both configurations.

As for what's under the hood, we expect the entry-level RX350 model to have the turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four that also powers the NX350. In that application, the engine is rated at 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. We also expect a hybrid variant wearing the RX450h moniker. Finally, we think the RX lineup will welcome a plug-in hybrid. With Toyota applying for the RX500h trademark about two years ago, we think it's possible that what the PHEV will be called.

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