New Lexus RX to hit market in autumn

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A Lexus RX prototype is displayed in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

An updated Lexus RX sport utility vehicle will be released in Japan around autumn, according to a recent Toyota Motor Corp. announcement.

It is the first time in about seven years that the major Lexus model will be updated. The next-generation RX will also be launched in North America and China.

Toyota will offer plug-in hybrid versions that can be charged at home, as well as gasoline models and conventional hybrids.

With spacious interiors and improved handling, SUVs are becoming increasingly popular and several automakers have released new models.

Subaru Corp. has completely revamped its Legacy Outback model for the first time in seven years, and Mazda Motor Corp. will introduce the CX-60 model in Japan in autumn.

Toyota, Nissan Motor Co. and leading overseas automakers have also unveiled electric SUVs in recent years amid the growing trend toward vehicle electrification.