Report: 2016 Lexus RX Will Come with Aisin 8AT as Standard

Our Lexus insider told us that, the 4th-generation of the RX, which is scheduled to be revealed next year as a 2016 model, will not only come with the 3rd-row seating option, but also will be equipped with the Aisin 8-speed automatic transmission, for non-hybrid models.

For the current Lexus RX models, only the RX350 FSport has the 8AT.

Please do not be confused this with the 8-speed units in the current IS350/GS350/LS460 models: that 8AT is for RWD platform, and is completely different than the Aisin 8AT units we are talking about in this article, which is for FWD transverse engine layout.

This is not a surprising news, because the redesigned 2015 Volvo XC90 will come with the same 8-speed transmission supplied by Aisin. Since Aisin is a child company of the Toyota Group, actually it will be odd that the company supplies the latest/best product to other brands, and use older/inferior equipments in its own cars.

Below is image of the 2014 RX350. The redesigned RX will be considerably longer than the current generation.


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