Lexus is Toyota’s luxury lineup of cars aimed at the wealthy lot of car buyers. The Lexus RX 350 is a compact SUV that is quite popular. It has gone a series of revisions since its debut. The 2017 Lexus RX 350 has received a number of changes which will help it take on the rising competition in this sector.
2017 Lexus RX 350 – Stylish Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior of new 2017 Lexus RX 350 has been spruce up design wise. There are sharper edges and angular streaks in its body know which enhances the car’s aerodynamic prowess. The spindle grille now looks more aggressive. The L shaped LED headlamps also look trendy. Size wise, it will be little bigger than the predecessor. The 2017 Lexus RX 350 will include 3 rows of seats. New color options may be available too. Usage of aluminum ensures the car will also be more lightweight. It is easy to get into the car owing to its ideal height and yet you get enough road and exterior view from the interior of the car.
The interior of 2017 Lexus RX 350 does not look very different from that of the earlier version. Its cabin however is going to be more spacious. Even the cargo space will not be jeopardized. It can seat up to 5 passengers comfortably. The quality of materials inside match those used in most of its category rivals. The reclining and sliding backseat with 60/40-split ratio is comfortable and wide. Even tall people will not feel dearth of leg room at the back. The power adjustment is even more beneficial in this regard. You can pick from a wide range for interior trims. The fold-down armrest at back of the car can hold cups and there are number of bins at front seats. A luxury crossover SUV should not skimp on safety and spec departments. The 2017 Lexus RX 350 does not disappoint in these segments as well. The safety features consist of pedestrian detection, fire alarm devices, emergency brakes, airbags and automatic road recovery. You also get traction and stability control, anti lock brakes, Lexus En form Safety Connect as standard features. There is a rear view camera for enhanced safety too. The infotainment features include Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS connectivity. There is automatic climate control. You get features like 18-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, key less ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, “Nu Luxe” premium vinyl upholstery, nine-speaker sound system as standard in the model. The F Sport package brings 20-inch wheels, additional drive mode settings, adaptive suspension dampers, ventilated sport seats and leather upholstery. In Premium package you get automatic wipers, roof rails, driver memory functions, rear armrest storage compartment and wooden trim. You also get the 12-speaker sound system and Lexus En form App Suite. In Luxury package, you additionally get ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, rear door sunshade etc. These packages also bring mores safety features like panoramic-view back-up camera, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert along with blind-spot monitor.
2017 Lexus RX 350 – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 will be powered by a V6 engine with 270-300 hp. This will be coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission unit. You will get both FWD and AWD variants for the SUV. A sports version of the 2017 RX 350 will be there too which will have a beefy V8 engine generating 350 hp. It will have an eight-speed transmission unit. The Lexus may also bring out a hybrid version. The FWD variant is likely to offer better mileage than AWD one. The FWD variant can reach 60 mph from 0 in 7.3 seconds, which is pretty decant. The sport version offers better ride quality than regular variant though at the cost of increased cabin noise. The suspension soaks in potholes and bumps rather well. The fuel economy is not stellar but you cannot call it bad either.
2017 Lexus RX 350 – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 may be released in last quarter of 2016. The price can start from $ 42000 and based on variant and packages, go up to $ 51000 or a little more. Overall, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 comes across as a nice luxury midsized crossover SUV. The design changes at exterior makes it look quite trendy and aggressive. The cabin is refined and classy looking. The Sport variant will appeal to users looking for a compact all Terrain SUV crossover without cutting on luxury features. Its plus points as a luxury crossover notwithstanding, the 2017 Lexus RX will have to cope with competition from popular rivals in its segment. Its main rivals include the Infinity QX70, Cadillac SRX and BMW X5. Some of them trample the Lexus in sheer engine power and ride quality. The price advantage they have can also play a role. Especially, the packages can add up to base cost of the Lexus RX 350 2017.