Lexus unveils updated 2013 RX crossover

The Lexus RX crossover is about to get more aggressive…looking.

Toyota’s luxury division has unveiled the updated 2013 model of its best-selling car, and the iconic jellybean has sprouted fangs.

Technically referred to as a “spindle grille,” the new face of the RX apes that of the truly-sporty 2013 GS sedan and appears to be destined for every car that the company makes. New headlights and LED daytime running lights add to the slightly sinister appearance.

Behind them are the same V6 and hybrid powertrains that have made the RX350 and RX450h perennial favorites at your local mall. The front-wheel-drive RX450h delivering a still-impressive 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway fuel economy rating.

Added standard features, like a power liftgate plus refreshed interior trim and a new steering wheel round out the major changes to the RX.

A new sport mode on the hybrid models adds a little zing to their performance and turns the instrument cluster red when activated. But for those looking to really step it up a notch, an F-Sport appearance package is available for the first on the RX450h includes 19-inch wheels, halogen headlights and an even angrier grille and bumper combination.

Luckily, there’s plenty of time to warn your kids, because the new RX doesn’t go on sale until later this year.