Lexus hasn't messed too much with a winning formula.
Last month, Lexus revealed the new NX compact luxury crossover that boasts a bolder appearance and new infotainment technology. It's now the turn of the NX's bigger brother, the midsize 2022 RX L, to be introduced. Obviously, Lexus is of the opinion that the RX L was competitive enough already as the latest updates are particularly subtle.
Outside, the expansive spindle grille and sharp lines remain but Lexus has added two new colors - Cloudburst Gray and Iridium - to the palette. Fog lamps are now also available as a standalone option. Besides the two new paint colors, you won't be able to tell apart the 2022 Lexus RX L from the 2021 model.
Although Lexus also made mention of upgraded dampers with a "new friction control device" for improved ride quality, this feature was already mentioned for the 2020 RX so it doesn't appear as though the SUV's driving dynamics have actually been altered. These minor changes were only mentioned as applicable to the three-row RX L although we expect to see them on the shorter RX as well.
As before, the RX comes with either a default eight-inch touchscreen interface or an available 12.3-inch screen that includes a remote touchpad. It's feature-packed but it's not the easiest system in the world to get comfortable with. As before, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 with features like pedestrian detection is standard. Both the RX 350L and RX 450hL hybrid will continue to be offered.
While it's perhaps disappointing that Lexus didn't hand the 2022 RX L a more substantial update, perhaps the company's decision is justified. Not only did Lexus emerge as the premium brand that customers were most loyal to over the last year, but the RX has remained its top-selling model in the first half of 2021, with over 56,000 units of the non-hybrid model sold as of the end of June. Lexus will also be offering a sporty RX L Black Line model but just 495 of these will be sold, making it particularly rare.
The 2022 RX 350L will begin at $48,050 for the front-wheel-drive variant, the same price as the 2021 equivalent. The RX 450hL all-wheel drive starts at $51,410 and pricing goes up to $57,310 for the RX 450hL Luxury. Lexus says that Black Line variants will arrive in showrooms at the end of July so regular models should be available at the same time.