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Next-Generation 2016 Lexus RX 350 Will Use Aluminum to Cut Weight


Many automakers are starting to use more pricey aluminum to cut weight from their vehicles, like the 2015 Ford F-150 and the 2016 Jaguar XE. Toyota is reportedly getting ready to use more aluminum in its vehicles starting with the all-new 2016 Lexus RX and the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Toyota isn't ready to tell us which vehicles will get more aluminum, but spokeswoman, spokeswoman Jana Hartline told Automotive News, "Toyota has plans to use aluminum on future vehicles for hood, closures and parts for lightweighting." Toyota currently uses aluminum in the hood and trunk of certain models like the Prius, as well as the hoods of most Lexus sedans and the Scion FR-S.

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According to Automotive News, the all-new Lexus RX crossover will get an aluminum hood and liftgate to help lower the vehicle's weight. The next-generation 2016 RX 350 will continue to share its platform with the Toyota Highlander. It's rumored that a new seven-passenger version may be offered for the first time.

The 2018 Camry is expected to get an aluminum hood.

Source: Automotive News

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