Talk of a Detroit debut for the all-new Lexus RX may have proved to be unfounded, but this week a new report points instead to a New York premiere.
According to US website Edmunds, the new SUV range will appear first in RX 350 form, debuting at April’s New York Auto Show.
An April unveiling for the new RX will make the current model just over six years old, having first debuted at the LA Auto Show in November 2008.
The current RX was given a midlife facelift in 2012, when it picked up the new ‘Spindle’ grille that has made its way across the Lexus range since the new GS sedan first appeared in 2011.
We can likely expect the new fourth-generation RX to build on that design language, while picking up a version of the sharpened look worn by the smaller new NX SUV.
Other details remain unclear for now, although it is believed the new RX will be built on a lighter, aluminium-rich platform.
Aluminium is currently used for the bonnets of the IS and CT ranges, and new reports suggest the RX will get the same, along with aluminium door skins and tailgate.
A shift to aluminium components should help to pare back the RX’s bulk, which weighs between 1950kg and 2085kg in its current form.
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 auto, and a seven-seat layout may be offered for the first time in the RX's history.
Watch for more details to come as the New York Auto Show nears.
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