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New 2016 Lexus RX to be revealed at Detroit show – report

December 30, 2014

With the new Lexus NX sitting in as the company’s sharpest and most modern SUV, the slightly larger RX now seems outdated. Not for long though. The company will reportedly unveil a model update at the Detroit show in a couple of weeks.

2012 Lexus RX 450h

According to a recent Edmunds report, Lexus will not only unveil a new F model as previously confirmed, it will also showcase a new RX. The current generation has been around now since 2008, while the existing facelifted version was introduced in 2012.

There aren’t many concrete details on the upcoming model. Some reports say it will grow in size from the current version which would help distance itself up from the new NX. There’s also speculation that it will feature a third row of seats in the back, but nothing is official as of yet.

As for the design, we can look toward recent models such as the NX and RC coupe for some clues. It will probably be much sharper in body styling compared with the outgoing version, with a prominent front end dominated by a large interpretation of the ‘spindle’ grille layout.

Specifications are likely to be lifted up quite a few notches, potentially featuring an updated interface with Lexus’s new touch pad setup, a more advanced external camera system and updated radar cruise control. Hybrid and petrol-only models are expected to continue, however, there is word of an eight-speed auto making its way into the powertrain replacing the current six-speed auto in some models.

We’ll have to wait for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit for more information. It runs from January 12 to 25. Stay tuned for plenty of updates.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.