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Mike Stevens | Mar, 21 2015 | 2 Comments

Lexus has confirmed it will unveil the all-new next-generation RX SUV at next month’s New York Auto Show.

The news is accompanied by a shadowy teaser image that reveals more than a little of what we can expect to see when the new RX is revealed.

It is clear from this teaser that the 2016 RX SUV’s profile will skew closer to the long lines of Lexus’s new RC coupe, rather than the origami-folded shapes of the smaller NX SUV’s body.

The RX won’t go without some excessive folding of its own, though, with sharp character lines reaching through the profile, lancing across the large boxed wheel arches.

Above: the current RX in its 2012 facelifted form.
Above: the current RX in its 2012 facelifted form.

The new SUV will also feature a ‘wraparound’ look to its glasshouse, with all or most of its rear quarter window extending through to the tapered tailgate.

Long RC-like tail lamps can be seen at the rear, again showcasing hook- or L-shaped red LED lighting as the brand’s new rear-end statement piece.

The new model’s face has yet to be revealed, although we can undoubtedly expect to see the brand’s broad new ‘spindle grille’ evolution and the separated headlight/daytime-light combination that is now appearing with its newest models.

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.

Above: the new NX is likely a preview of what we can expect with the next RX.
Above: the new NX is likely a preview of what we can expect with the next RX.

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.

MORE: Lexus RX | SUVs | New York Auto Show

 
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