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.
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.
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.
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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