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2010 Lexus RX 350 Getting a Workout on the Nürburgring
By Ed Hellwig, Lead Senior Editor Email | Blog
Date posted: 07-17-2008
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You expect to see sports cars, sport sedans and even the occasional economy car on the Nürburgring, but now we're to the point where even luxury crossovers are being tuned on the twisty test circuit in Germany. The 2010 Lexus RX 350 recently hit the 'Ring, and thanks to a lack of camouflage the prototype gave us a good look at what's in store for the upcoming midsize crossover.
If you're hoping for big changes you'll be disappointed, as the next RX looks much like the current model in terms of its overall size and shape. There's a slightly revised grille up front that's more angular in appearance along with a reconfigured headlight cluster.
In back, a new set of LED taillights is the most noticeable difference. There are a few minor changes to the shape of the rear fascia, but unless you put the 2010 model side by side with the current RX you would find it hard to see the difference between the two.
The profile of this new RX is slightly more aggressive than before with a slightly lower roofline. A new design for the rear side windows eliminates one of the smaller quarter windows to give the overall shape a cleaner look.
There won't be big changes under the hood, either. A revised version of the current 3.5-liter V6 will provide the power with a six-speed automatic handling the gearchanges. A hybrid model will be available as well, most likely with the same powertrain as the current GS 450h.
Although there have been rumors of an extended-length RX with three rows of seating, we have yet to see any prototypes that confirm the predictions. We expect that role will be filled by an all-new Lexus crossover built on the rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the GS sedan. It will most likely replace the current GX 470 as Lexus looks to move away from body-on-frame platforms in favor of lighter, more space-efficient, car-based unibody crossovers.
Look for the official debut of the 2010 RX 350 later this year with sales beginning in early 2009.
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Slightly revised headlights and a new grille are just a few of the RX's styling changes for 2010. (Photo by KGP Photography)
The overall shape of the greenhouse isn't much different than the current model, but expect slightly more room inside. (Photo by KGP Photography)
New LED taillights are one of the few noticeable changes in back. (Photo by KGP Photography)
#34 of 50 Improvements I'd like to see
Sep 14, 2008 (11:07 am)
The outside temperature gauge on the instrument panel takes too long to adjust to temperature changes. It's slow and also skips many temperatures on the °F scale. Once I saw my temperature toggling between 48° and 50°, and 49° was non-existent, the Lexus totally skipped it. I've also never seen 74, 76, 85, 87 and a bunch of other numbers, the Lexus outside temp. gauge never stops at these numbers. I've owned Lexus SUV's since 2001, and they are all the same. Many features of the vehicle are so high-tech, you'd think they could get this right.
And a "miles to empty" (or projected range) readout somewhere on the instrument panel would be nice on the RX400h, I think they have this feature on the traditional gas engine RX models.
#35 of 50 Re: Improvements I'd like to see [kyxydj]
Sep 15, 2008 (8:43 am)
Due to the POORLY (thoughtless...??) designed mounting of the OAT sensor it is too easily influenced by radiant heating from the nearby A/C condensor and engine radiator so DSP, Digital Signal Processing, must be used to "smooth" the readout.
Due to possible variations in driving style before and after "miles to empty" is not a predictable or reliable computation and is therefore being dropped from many computational displays.
#36 of 50 suggested improvements
Oct 23, 2008 (11:14 am)
1.idiot light to indicate fog lights are on
2. ipod connector
3. elapsed time trip clock
4. free upgrade for nav. system- its only a dvd to be copied into the system!
5. lights in the front and rear bumper relocated so they are not so prone to parking lot smashes
6. strong bumper material that will not scratch or dent so easily
#37 of 50 Re: suggested improvements [bobgail]
Oct 24, 2008 (8:34 am)
"...1. idiot light to indicate fog lights are on..."
Since the Toyota/Lexus fog light implementation makes the fog lights less than useless, actually a detriment to your night time distance vision, why not just pull the fog light fuse and be done with it.
Oct 26, 2008 (6:03 pm)
As seen on http://thepassionatepursuit.com/2008/10/22/2010-lexus-rx-350-optional-equipment/- -
Continuing in on the breakdown of the 2010 Lexus RX 350 (and probably hybrid model), here's a list of newly available-
Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
Automatic High Beam Feature
Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror with Integrated Backup Camera
Wallet-Size Card Key
12-Speaker Premium Audio System
USB Audio Input
15-Speaker Mark Levinson Audio System
Voice-activated HDD Navigation System
XM Real-Time Traffic Capability
19-inch Alloy Wheels
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
Driver Seat Variable Cushion Length Adjustment
Front Passenger Seat Variable Cushion Length Adjustment
Wide-View Side Monitor System
Unique Wheel Finish
Dual Screen Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System
3-Position Driver Seat Memory System
Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
18-inch Alloy Wheels
P235/50R18 M+S Tires
XM Satellite Radio (Factory Activated)
Smart Entry System
Push Button Start
Rear Seat Side Airbags
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension
Retractable Outside Rearview Mirrors
Integrated Turn Signal Lamps
Rear Seatbelt Pretensioners
Hill Ascent Control (HAC)
Temporary Spare Tire
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Sequential Shift Mode
Active Torque Control 4WD System
Electric Power Steering
Front Passenger Knee Airbag
Premium Fabric Seat Surfaces
Sliding Rear Seat
Remote Release for Folding Rear Seatbacks
Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection
Roof Mounted Satellite Fin Antenna
Deleted Standard Equipment
Driver Foldable Armrest
Front Passenger Foldable Armrest
Full-Size Spare Tire
Roof Rail Crossbars
Full-Time 4WD System
2-Position Driver Seat Memory System
Auto-dimming Side View Mirrors
Leather Seat Surfaces
#39 of 50 RX225h
Oct 30, 2008 (9:50 am)
Do you suppose one could transplant the upcoming Lexus ESh HSD system into an RXh and have a FE RX..???
#40 of 50 Operating Manual
Jan 30, 2010 (11:16 am)
The INDEX is totally deficient. Try to find the definition for AFS in the 2006 manual. The light saying it was either on or off came on. I did not know what it meant. I found 300 definitions on the internet. I found one that seemed to apply and tried to look it up in the INDEX. Not there. However, I think I accidentally found it on page 65.
I have suggested to LEXUS that all acronyms be listed with related words--e.g. AFS (Adaptive Front-Lighting System). I have suggested that OLD PEOPLE have money, buy expensive cars and don't all use computers so HELP US look things up. The manual is over 600 pages. Indexing is an automated word processing function not brain surgery. And, what does P/S stand for--Premenstrual Stress?
Just make the Manuals user friendly.
#41 of 50 Re: Operating Manual [nmrk]
Jan 31, 2010 (8:25 am)
"..Just make the Manuals user friendly.."
Supply them on CD wherein I can build my OWN index or use one of a myriad of word search engines.
Supply them ONLY on CD.
#42 of 50 Re: RX225h [wwest]
Jan 31, 2010 (8:31 am)
And while we're at it why not drop the separate electric rear drive motor in favor of the new Venza type F/AWD..??
Then those of us that wished could have a much more SAFE RWD RXh with manual 4WD capability.