The Lexus car maker is working on its luxury coupe model-the 2018 Lexus RC 200t. As the matter of fact, one of the novelties which will be introduced is the new name. Precisely, the company will rename the 200t with the RC 300. This means that the 4-cylinder unit will be still offered for the 2018 model year, but it will also equipped with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive configuration like the RC 350 version.
The new Lexus will arrive with nicely-styled exterior and quality and modernized interior. As well, we will notice a suite of improved tech features including infotainment system, larger touch display and more standard equipment. The F Sport trim will also add a new exterior color but here we will focus on the base RC 300 version.
The key rivals of the Lexus RC will be Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Infiniti Q60, BMW 4-Series and Audi A5.
2018 Lexus RC 200t powertrain and performance
Under the hood of 2018 Lexus RC 200t or precisely, future RC 300, will be placed two engines. The base unit will be the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo. This engine will have the output of 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will pair with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the power is sent to rear wheels. As well, it will be able to hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.
The next option is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which can deliver 260 horsepower and the torque of 236 pound-feet. It comes with all-wheel drive configuration and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This unit will reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. As for the fuel efficiency, the base model is rated at 22 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway and 26 combined. The V-6 with AWD gets 19/26/21 mpg.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to the exterior, the 2018 Lexus RC 200t will continue with the same design as the current model. Since it is still a good-looking vehicle with elegant, bold and handsome appearance there was no need for anything to change. The large, hourglass, black grille dominates the front end and looks very attractive. All the lights, the front and rear also are equipped with LED lighting. Furthermore, the new Lexus will ride on the standard 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2018 Lexus RC 200t offers comfortable and good-looking cabin with nice finishes and more equipment. This luxury coupe is able to welcome up to five passengers in two rows of seats. The front seats are very cozy and supportive while the rear ones lack in room a bit. However, the rear seats split and fold if you need more cargo space which is also not so ample. Furthermore, the seats will be upholstered in synthetic leather. The dashboard features a 7.0-inch display but the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity won’t be in the offer.
Speaking of the equipment, the upcoming Lexus comes standard with audio system with satellite radio, CD player, Bluetooth, cruise control, power features, automatic climate control, keyless entry etc. As for the safety, it will be provided with a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. All these features are standard while the blind-spot monitoring will be optional.
Release date and price
It is still no officially confirmed when the 2018 Lexus RC 200t will go on sale. Its price should be similar to the one of its forerunner, perhaps slightly higher.