Just how powerful will it be?
The next-generation 2023 Lexus RX will debut at the end of the month, but that still leaves plenty of time for leaked information to trickle out ahead of the reveal. Just one day after Lexus posted the first teaser for the RX showing the front-end styling, what appears to be a leaked teaser of the rear end just popped up all over social media. Not only does this new image give us a pretty nice glimpse of the rear styling, but it also reveals the name of one of the upcoming models.
Lexus made sure to photograph the new RX in low light so some of its closer details would remain a mystery, though we can easily see the NX-inspired connected taillight bar and "L-E-X-U-S" badging. With a bit of photoshop magic, we can also spot an "RX 500h" badge on the rear end, officially confirming the name for the new 2023 RX Hybrid.
Lexus currently uses the 450h nomenclature for the RX Hybrid, so it makes sense that the next-generation model will get a larger number. This will put the RX in the same territory as the LS Hybrid, which also uses the 500h designation. We doubt Lexus would increase the badge number without increasing performance. The current RX 450h produces 308 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor combination, so we wouldn't be shocked if the RX 500h inches closer to the 354 hp output of the LS 500h.
Though it's still unconfirmed, we can almost certainly predict the RX and RX Hybrid will use the new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the smaller NX, which produces 275 hp without any electrification. Adding a hybrid system should easily boost the output above 300 hp, while a plug-in hybrid RX 500+ model would introduce even more power and some all-electric driving range to the mix. The Lexus NX 450h+ produces over 300 hp with a normally aspirated four-cylinder, so just imagine what adding a turbocharger to the equation would do.
All will be revealed on Tuesday, May 31, at 8 PM Eastern Time.