Since its debut in 1999, the Lexus RX car series has undergone diverse changes in terms of its structure and power train. The latest addition to this lineup is the 2018 Lexus RX 200t revealed in the recent Shanghai International Auto Show. This is not just any other RX car but has comes with several modifications in the exterior design, interior and even under the hood. With the aim of serving an international market, the 200t is expected to be powerful while at the same time showing great fuel economy.
2018 Lexus RX 200t Exterior and Interior Design
The 2018 Lexus RX 200t features a bold look with several redesigns on the inside and out. The front receives a new fascia with a spindle grille and beautiful triple L-shaped LED headlamps. The rear and front wheel arches will be more pronounced, angular and flared. A floating roof effect is created by the incorporation of the blacked out C-pillar. The roof seems to be floating above the rest of the vehicle in a cool way! A better suspension system is also in place to make riding in the car as smooth as possible. The overall effect is that of a bold and authoritative presence.
As for the 2018 Lexus RX 200t interior, comfort and luxury are the most emphasized traits. The rear seats have more leg and knee room and a panorama roof that can be easily opened and closed to allow inflow of fresh air when needed. The trim has been repositioned and made to levels high enough to compete with other luxurious crossover cars. As for optional luxuries, they include a laser-cut ornamentation and an F SPORT model featuring sportier interiors such as exclusive trims and a sporty steering wheel. This will also feature an F mesh on the grille as well as an F SPORT badge to distinguish it exteriorly. For safety, the RX 200t is expected to come with the Lexus Safety System and a few other optional additions.
2018 Lexus RX 200t Engine options
The 2018 Lexus RX 200t will feature a whole new engine that has not been seen in the lineup. It will be powered by a 2.0liter 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 228 horsepower. For this power to be produced effectively, the engine will work hand-in-hand with an air-to-liquid intercooler to combat heat that may reduce power and a twin-scroll turbocharger. This is the engine for use in China and other countries.
In the U.S, a 3.5liter v-6 engine will power the RX 200t model. This will deliver 300hp under the control of an 8-speed automatic transmission. Another option is the 3.5liter Atkinson-cycle v6 which will work together with an electric motor to improve on fuel efficiency. This gives about 300hp as well.
An all-wheel drive and front wheel drive options are the most probable though no information has been given with this regard. The 6-speed transmission in the 4-cylinder engine however has been confirmed.
The specific information on the fuel economy to expect is not yet out but it is expected that it will be among the fairest in the market.
2018 Lexus RX 200t Release date and price
This 2018 Lexus RX 200t is expected to be released in the market in early 2018 though the price has not yet been confirmed. It however is expected to be offered at a competitive price ranging in the same values as BMW X5 and Acura MDX.