LEXUS RX Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1998
Engines: Gasoline, Hybrid gasoline, Hybrid
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)

2022 - Present

Lexus introduced the fifth generation of the RX range in 2022, a vehicle that showed a slight improvement in the exterior styling but a more refined interior and improvements in the safety sector. After more than 3,5-million units sold, the RX range was a bestseller in the carmaker's lineup. It did that in two decades across four generations since 1998. It was also at the forefront of th...

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gasoline engines:

  LEXUS RX 350 2.4L 8AT AWD (279 HP)

hybrid gasoline engines:

  LEXUS RX 350h 2.5L CVT AWD (245 HP)

  LEXUS RX 450h+ 2.5L PHEV CVT AWD (306 HP)

  LEXUS RX 500h 2.4L 6AT AWD (371 HP)

2019 - 2022

The 2020 Lexus RX received a new, fresh update for the generation launched in 2015. It introduced a new, more aggressive front end and an updated Lexus multimedia system. Also, it has redesigned triple-beam headlights available as an option. The revamped Lexus RX is offered with two or three-row seats, with the versions named RX450h or RX450hL, respectively. The newly refreshed grille was cre...

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gasoline engines:

  LEXUS RX 350 3.5L V6 8AT (295 HP)

  LEXUS RX 350 3.5L V6 8AT AWD (295 HP)

  LEXUS RX 350L 3.5L V6 8AT (290 HP)

  LEXUS RX 350L 3.5L V6 8AT AWD (290 HP)

2016 - 2019

The 2016 RX is the most important step ahead for the biggest hybrid luxury SUV from Lexus. New engines, a new transmission, and new safety features make it a very desirable vehicle. Under the RX 350's hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine with direct injection, which offers 300 hp, mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Based on this improved powertrain...

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2012 - 2016

Lexus introduced the third generation of its mighty SUV RX in 2008 and improved it in 2012 with a well-deserved facelift, which enhanced it both on the inside and on the outside. Toyota had enough turbo-diesel engines in its parts bin but didn't even consider installing one of those stinky powerplants under the RX's hood. It considered it a too mundane powerplant, fit for the hard-w...

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2008 - 2012

The third generation Lexus RX came out at the Los Angeles Auto Show held in 2008, with the first concept model unveiled by the parent company in 2007 at the same event. Assembled at two Lexus factories, Ontario, Canada and Kyushu, Japan, the new RX was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of developing a maximum power of 275 hp. According to the figures provided by the car manufacturer, ...

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2004 - 2008

Lexus launched the second generation of the RX SUV at the 2003 North American International Motor Show and promised more performances with better fuel efficiency. The world started to switch its attention towards SUVs, and Lexus tried to get a higher market share. Like its predecessor, the 2004 model year RX relied on the Japan-only model Toyota Harrier. Lexus offered the RX as an alternative...

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1998 - 2003

Mercedes-Benz scored a big hit with the ML's first generation, but Lexus was not far behind and introduced the RX in 1998, just two years after the German SUV. When Lexus introduced the RX on the North American market, it overtook all other SUVs and climbed right to the sales charts' top. Mercedes-Benz was stunned since it launched the ML earlier, but Toyota just did a better job. U...

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