With its V6’ engine smooth power, precise steering in standard form, impeccable interior craftsmanship, serene and sophisticated ride quality, and tons of standard features, the new 2017 Lexus RC350continues to distill the brand’s traditional refinement into a sporty two-door package. The 2017 RC350 release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.
Two more engines are provided for the new model that enable it flesh out its presence in terms of performance. The four-cylinder engine is offered with a rear-wheel drive and an option of an AWD and is able to churn out a decent 241 hp, and 255 hp for the V6 RC350.
EPA also says the fuel economy for the four-cylinder stands at 26 mpg – an average rating in the segment. You could get better offers from other vehicles in the segment such as the Audi A4/S5 or the Cadillac ATS Coupe.
Based on the Lexus IS sedan, the RC350 offers an adventurous stylish exterior design. The fascias also receive some mild changes, the headlights and taillights in particular have been re-tweaked and are now bolder than before.
The lovely cabin carries over from the previous model, and only receives subtle changes that add to an already appealing technologies and premium materials. It offers a terrifically comfortable yet well-bolstered seats and is replete with high-quality materials. Also the stiff structure enables it achieve an impressive ride quality that enable it glides over bumps with the result being a comfortable ride quality.
Nonetheless, there are several rivals nipping at its heels. They include the BMW 4 Series, the Cadillac ATS Coupe, and the stylish and well-equipped Audi S5 and Audi A5.
2017 Lexus RC350 – Available Trims
Three models are offered for the 2017 Lexus RC350: RC 300, RC 200t, and the RC 350.
Exterior Redesign & 2017 Lexus RC350 Interior Review
Standard equipment offered for the include keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, LED taillights, 18” wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, selectable drive modes, aluminum and wood interior trimmings, heated and ventilated front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a rearview auto-diming mirror.
Equipment offered inside include a satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a ten-speaker sound system, additional USB ports, smartphone app connectivity, voice controls, and Lexus Enform Service Connect.
Options provided here include a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming side mirrors, headlight washers, an electric cabin heater, perforated leather upholstery, automatic wipers, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts, and ventilated and heated front seats.
The F-Sport package offers an unique front fascia, sport-tuned suspension dampers, driver memory settings, perforated leather upholstery, upgraded front brake pads, nineteen-inch wheels, unique front fascia, a special instrument cluster, , and sport front seats.
Standalone options include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, LED foglights, a limited-slip differential, variable-ratio steering, and a power sunroof. More of these options will be offered on its release date.
2017 Lexus RC350 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation for the 2017 Lexus RC350 is offered for the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine good for 241 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes hooked to a standard rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
EPA says we should expect the fuel economy to stand at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Generating 255 horsepower- and 236 pounds-ft. of torque is the 3.5L V6 engine offered under the hood of the RC 300. A six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive are hooked to this mill. EPA projections for this powertrain stand at 19/26/21 mpg.
Opting for the RC 350 gets you a 3.5L V6 engine gets you an all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed transmission system. Here, the output stands at 306 horsepower and 277 pounds-ft. of torque. Fuel economy according to EPA is rated at 19/28/22 mpg with the rear-wheel drive, and 19/26/21 mpg with the all-wheel drive system.
Zipping from 0-60 mph with the rear-wheel drive RC 350 F Sport only takes 5.9 seconds, and a respectable fuel economy of 24 mpg in real-world driving on various evaluation loops.
Wheelbase: 107.5 in
Length: 184.8 in
Width: 72.4 in
Passenger volume: 82,0 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10,4 cu ft
Curb weight: 3748 lbs
Top Speed: 146 mph
0-60: 5,7 sec
MPG: 19/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Atomic Silver, Eminent White Pearl, Infrared, Molten Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Silver Lining Metallic, Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Lexus RC350 Release Date & Price
The Lexus RC 350 price starts from an MSRP of $42,780. When will it go for sale? Expect the vehicle sometime in early 2017.