Reports recently surfaced suggesting that the next-generation Lexus RX will debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 next week. However, a set of spy shots of the new car have just emerged and it seems increasingly unlikely that the new SUV won’t debut until the Geneva Motor Show 2015 in March at the very earliest.
Compared to the existing Lexus RX, this particular test mule appeals to be longer and complete with a stretched wheelbase. This would make sense as the Japanese firm is reportedly pondering adding a third-row of seats for the SUV following on from demand for such a model from Lexus dealerships across the United States.
Elsewhere, we can see that this next-gen Lexus RX features the firm’s spindle front grille with heavily revised headlights also poking through the skin-tight camouflage. Elsewhere, similar flared rear wheel arches to the Lexus NX crossover can be seen on this test mule.
Alongside the inclusion of a third set of seats, the revised RX will reportedly be larger than the outgoing car to distance itself from the compact NX crossover. Elsewhere, a new eight-speed transmission could debut in the updated RX to replace the outgoing six-speed auto ‘box. From an engine standpoint, the next-gen Lexus RX will reportedly be available with a turbocharged petrol six-cylinder engine as well as a similar V6 hybrid to the Lexus 450h. Other engines remain unknown at this stage.