One of the best-selling midsize luxury SUVs, the Lexus RX 350, is finally getting some facelift. The new 2022 Lexus RX 350 has been confirmed, and it should be introduced later in the year. However, Lexus restyled this SUV last year, so it’s unlikely we’re going to see anything significantly updated on the outside of this iconic SUV.
The current model looks aggressive and sporty, and the new one will probably be even more. Interestingly, alongside this model, the manufacturer will also introduce the bigger RX 450 version. Generally, expect more customizations and standard features than before. This model deploys a mighty 3.5-liter V6 powertrain producing 295 horses in traditional form or 290 hp with an extended RX 350L version.
2022 Lexus RX 350 Facelift
The new Lexus RX is a midsize luxury SUV that looks beautiful. However, from reliable reports, the upcoming model will not gain anything significant over the previous generation. Of course, the manufacturer will make some small facelifts, resulting in fresh styling. Even so, this SUV should remain a great option in a hotly contested segment. The current model features facelifted front fascia with a revised grille with attractive LED headlights.
The blacked-out rear pillars of the RX 350 make the roof look like it’s floating, resulting in a more sporty stance. However, more attractive and black accents are wearing F-Sport models. This version features a blacked-out grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, and adaptive variable suspension. Interestingly, the RX L model is only 4.4 inches longer than the standard 2-row RX, so it’s not easy to identify them quickly.
The interior of the 2022 Lexus RX 350 is full of upscale materials and soft touches. Generally, the cabin is spacious, offering best in class room. The seats offer comfort, and there is plenty of headroom and legroom on the back. The standard RX 350 has 16.0 cubic feet behind the second row that can be expanded to 32.6 when seats are folded. However, the third row on the L version offers 16.3 cubic feet behind, but it can also be extended to 33.4 cubic feet when seats are folded. Lay down both back rows, and a capacity of 70.7 cubic feet will open.
All RX versions have a modern cabin equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen. However, a 12.3-inch split-screen multimedia screen is still a part of an optional navigation package. Other features expected as standard equipment include 9-speaker audio with USB, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
2022 Lexus RX 350 Powertrain
The 2022 Lexus RX 350 under the hood deploys the 3.5-liter V6 engine developing 295 horsepower. However, choosing the extended L version, output will drop by five hp due to its single exhaust pipe.
This engine runs on regular gasoline and, in standard form, and it comes with front wheels (FWD) and 8-speed automatic transmission. As for the towing capacity, all models, including hybrid RX 450h, offers maximum towing of 3,500 pounds.
Launch Date and Price
The redesigned version 2022 Lexus RX 350 will be introduced later in the year. Alongside the regular model, the manufacturer should also release the F-Sport and extended L versions. As we mentioned, Lexus restyled this SUV last year, so expect mid-cycle updates only.
Likely, the front-drive RX 350 will start at $45,170, while F Sport costs $51,050. The extended-wheelbase front-drive RX 350L is available as well, starting at $48,000. As you can see, Lexus RX still undercuts European rivals like Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, and Volvo XC90.