Lexus has just announced the 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport, their latest variant of the top selling SUV. This new version of the popular model is both the luxurious and sporty one, with lots of added equipment and more powerful engine. It is set to arrive in late 2015.
Exterior and Interior Design
On the outside the 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport looks like its predecessor and although they have stated that they used a new design language, this SUV looks a lot like the previous model, with small changes. On the front, most notable changes are the new L-shaped headlights and really big grille that dominates on the front. When you take a look at the car from the side, you might get the feeling like the roof is floating, that is because the designers have blackened all the pillars, but the roof is in the color of the car, thus creating that effect. The wheelbase has been increased for two inches and the whole car is around five inches longer, but still Lexus did not want to include the third row of seats. The specific details, available only with the F Sport version are the anti-roll bars and the 20-inch alloy wheels.
The design of the interior is something that Lexus is known for and, luckily, the 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is not different. The most important thing for Lexus is comfort and that is exactly what they deliver. When you sit in the cabin you know that this is a special car, very different from other. This feeling is something that the automaker achieves with nice, clean and elegant design and with the use of high quality materials (this SUV is really not cheap, so they always use high quality materials from the leather on the seats to the plastic on the dashboard). According to the official statement from the Japanese manufacturer, they have worked on adding more security features in their latest model. Special addition to the interior are the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel (just for the F Sport version).
2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Specs
The engine is something that shouldn’t be changed and experts believe that Lexus will use the same engine like in the previous model, but they are going to tweak it a little bit. So, it is safe to say that the 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is going to come with a 3.5-liter V-6 that should produce around 300 horsepower (the engine in the previous model produced exactly 270 hp, but it is expected that they are going to tweak it to be more powerful), and an estimated 278 pound-feet of twist. The FWD models will come with a 6-speed auto transmission, while the 4WD model will get an 8-speed automatic.
Release Date and Price
As for the release date, the redesigned 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is going to be available in late 2015 or in the first months of 2016. It was unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The projected price for the base model is around $40,000. The hybrid will most likely be more expensive. We will know more details on this on a later date.
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