The RX is the best-selling nameplate in the luxury segment. The mid-size SUV sells better than the compact crossovers. The company will need to update the vehicle soon, but it is not going to happen next year. The new generation will be out in 2022 or 2023. Until then, the 2021 Lexus RX350 is coming unchanged.
The SUV shared the drivetrain with Highlander. However, Toyota replaced a V6 in a hybrid configuration with the less potent four-cylinder engine as the base drivetrain. The premium 2021 Lexus RX350 is keeping a 3.5-liter plant that produces 310 hp.
Not only that engines will be under the revisit for the next-gen model, but also the styling. The RX remains attractive, but buyers are getting bored with the current design. When it appeared in 2015, fans were delighted. Styling, in combination with reliable engines, including hybrid, made the RX recognizable and so popular.
Will The 2021 Lexus RX350 Be Redesigned?
There are no proofs that the 2021 Lexus RX350 redesign is going to happen. Also, we can’t find any test mules suggesting the changes are happening soon. On the other hand, it is time for the refresh. The mid-size market is hot and the RS can cope with the non-premium vehicles, although its price is higher. Also, some leaking sources are informing the SUV will get a new shape after this edition.
Toyota, the parent company, has a long term plan. The first two vehicles that will be updated are Tundra truck and 4 Runner SUV. We can expect the new Lexus LX600. The company will deliver the new model with the new engine. The I-Force Max is a twin-turbo V6 unit. On the other hand, there are no solid details about the most popular SUV, RX350.
What Are The 2021 Lexus RX350 Colors?
The biggest change on the upcoming 2021 Lexus RX350 could be in the color palette. Currently, there are ten colors available. By picking the base RX, you will have eight options: Atomic Silver, Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar, Nori Green Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Matador Red Mica, and Nightfall Mica. Optionally, there are two more paintjobs available. Ultra White is coming only with the F Sport package, while the Moonbeam Beige Metallic can be combined solely with the black interior trim.
Inside, buyers can also customize the colors of the cabin. Black, Birch, and Parchment are available themes of the NuLuxe trim. Black details can be replaced with mate bamboo, walnut, wood and aluminum combo, and scored aluminum trims. Some of these are available only with certain packages.
When Will 2021 Lexus RX350 Be Available?
The 2021 Lexus RX350 will be out by the end of this year. Without big changes, the carmaker has no reason to wait. Small updates will be recognized only by true fans. Still, we don’t expect a big drop in sales, although the competition is tough. Lincoln brought a new Aviator and it features a powerful hybrid system. Acura is preparing the new MDX, while the Infiniti is going strong into the new season, with the focus on the QX60 mid-size three-row SUV.
Is F Sport Bringing New Features?
The popularity of the RX lineup comes from its versatility. There are several options and upgrades that will satisfy the needs of all buyers. The base vehicle comes as the RX350 and it is a two-row model. One of the most exciting upgrades is the F Sport package. It won’t improve specs sheets, as its name might suggest. The F Sport is a bundle of special parts that make the SUV more aerodynamic and stylish. So, we are getting better performance, as well as a more appealing appearance. The new 2021 Lexus RX350 F Sport might update the offer with fresh features. However, the lack of details stops us from speculating further about this topic.
A Few Details About the Hybrid Engine (RX450h)
That is not all about the RX. Besides the standard 3.5-liter engine, the SUV appears with the hybrid configuration. Well, the same petrol unit is the center of this configuration. The base motor can produce 295 hp, while the hybrid setup adds nearly 15 ponies. The torque is at 270 lb-ft. You will find this model as the 2021 Lexus RX450h.
Again, we are not done. A two-row layout is standard, and you can purchase the 2021 Lexus RX350 with seven seats as well. In this case, it appears with the “L” suffix. The hybrid model also offers the third row as the RX450hL. The F Sport package is available only with two rows, but you can still upgrade the RX450h with its features.
The base price of the 2021 Lexus RX350 is pretty affordable. While most rivals start above $50,000, Lexus makes its model cheaper. The base configuration will cost under $45,000. F Sport costs nearly $4,000 and AWD is a $1,500 upgrade. For the third row, you must spend $3,000 and the hybrid engine increases the price by $6,000 but includes all-wheel drive.