After the complete redesign for the 2023 model year, Lexus pretty much ensured its dominant position on the market for the following years. The sales are as great as they used to be in the last decade but does it mean that there will be no novelties in the next few years? Well, we may see some of them already for the 2025 Lexus RX, which will represent the third production year of the current generation.
Allegedly, the Japanese luxury carmaker is planning to introduce a new plug-in hybrid version, which would offer a better all-electric range. Some sources even speculate about the all-electric version, but we don’t believe such a radical upgrade is about to happen so soon.
Other than the powertrain upgrades, we don’t believe we could see more significant updates, though there is always a possibility of seeing some additions to the list of standard equipment and similar things. In any case, the 2025 Lexus RX should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2024.
2025 Lexus RX Powertrain Upgrades
As we’ve just mentioned, it’s possible to see powertrain updates already for the 2025 Lexus RX. Namely, Toyota recently presented the next generation of its plug-in hybrid system, with significant improvements in terms of the all-electric range. So, we would see a new version of the RX 450h+, which could offer the claimed range of up to 123 miles. Moreover, we could also see some power increase, even though the current model is already quite impressive in this aspect, with a setup that includes three electric motors and a combined output of 304 horsepower. It’s pretty much the same setup found in the Toyota RAV4 Prime.
The rest of the lineup is likely to remain the same, including one gas-only and two more electrified options. The base offer starts with the 2.4-liter turbo-four that puts out around 275 horsepower. As for the hybrid, it all starts with the well-known system based on a 2.5-liter inline-four engine and a combined output of 246 horsepower. Finally, the flagship RX 500h should continue with the same setup, based on a 2.4-liter turbo-four and a total power of 367 horsepower.
2025 Lexus RX Design
Other than the powertrain upgrade, we don’t expect to see significant changes, especially not in terms of the overall design. This is a pretty fresh model and will be at the time of the 2025 Lexus RX’s launch, so the styling will certainly remain the same. The new generation looks attractive but also more elegant than the previous model, with a sleeker profile and less polarizing front-end design.
The same thing is with the chassis and suspension setup which are, typically for the RX, on the soft side. This luxury crossover is trimmed to be smooth and comfortable, without any pretensions to be sharp in corners. Of course, there is always a possibility for you to opt for the F-Sport package, but even that model is no more than moderate in terms of athleticism.
The cabin design has always been a strong selling point of this model and the new generation continues in the same way. Once again, Lexus designers decided not to go too flashy, as some of the classmates do. Instead, the RX looks rather conservative, with classic lines and aesthetical solutions. But on the other hand, the selection of materials is nice, while the build quality is excellent. Finally, despite the conservative design, the amount of tech features is pretty impressive, including a well-designed infotainment system.
As for the passenger space, there are two spacious and very comfortable rows of seats, though we have noticed that some of the rivals are more generous in this aspect. On the other hand, where the 2025 Lexus RX will continue to stand out are the front seats, which are some of the best in the class. What’s not best in the class is the cargo space. It goes around 30 cubic feet behind the second row, which is below average for the segment.
As mentioned, new standard features are always welcome, but keep in mind that the current model already stands pretty well in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like a 9.8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, six USB ports, a 12-speaker stereo, voice recognition, Bluetooth and HD Radio, keyless entry, a universal garage door opener.
So, we presume that some of the current options could become part of the standard equipment, such as a 14-inch touch screen, the Remote Touch controller, navigation, a 21-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging and two more USB ports, or ambient interior lighting, a moonroof and a panoramic roof.
2025 Lexus RX Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2025 Lexus RX sometime in the second half of 2024, with a starting price of around 50,000 dollars.