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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 23 2014 | 0 Comments

The next-generation Lexus RX will use more aluminium in its construction as part of parent company Toyota's plans to expand its use of the lightweight metal.

Lexus currently uses aluminium for the bonnets of the IS range and CT 200h, with the latter also getting an aluminium tailgate.

According to latest reports, the new RX will also get an alloy bonnet, tailgate and door skins to help it shed some weight.

Tipping the scales at 1950kg empty, the current RX 270 isn't exactly light on its feet. The AWD RX 350 fares even worse, with a kerb weight of 2085kg.

Moving to aluminium for some body parts will help pare back its bulk, which will also improve performance as well as fuel economy.

On the flipside, aluminium is harder to manufacture panels from and is also costlier than steel.

The new RX range is expected to make its debut in the latter half of 2015 and go on sale as a 2016 model.

The current four-cylinder, six-cylinder and hybrid powertrain options are expected to continue, though the NX 200t's turbo four-pot could find its way under the RX's alloy bonnet.

An eight-speed automatic will likely replace the current six-speed slushbox, and a seven-seat configuration may be offered for the first time in the RX's history.

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