Go back a couple of decades and no one would have heard of a luxury crossover. Most of the benefits of a luxury sedan and an SUV with few of the drawbacks? Unheard of. Then 1997 rolled around and two vehicles changed the face of the industry forever. One was the Mercedes M-Class. The other was the Lexus RX. And both have seen their successors unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week.
The new Mercedes GLE that takes the place of the M-Class, we’ve already brought you from the floor of the Javitz Center. Now it’s time for its Japanese rival. Now entering its fourth generation, the new RX is distinguished from its predecessors with a far more revolutionary design than that which separated the previous three: It’s altogether more angular, more recognizable, more… Japanese – from the oversized spindle grille to the sharp taillights and at every pointy point in between.
Of course it’s not quite as edgy as its kid brother, the NX, but it has to appeal to a more conservative customer base. They’ll get to choose once again between the RX 350 with conventional V6 and the RX 450h with its hybrid powertrain, both of which have been upgraded to produce 300 horsepower. The interior has likewise been updates as well, with more space and enhanced equipment. All of which ought to help the RX remain the top seller for Toyota’s luxury division.