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2018 Lexus RC 350: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - September 26, 2017

Model Preview

Since its debut in 2015, the Lexus RC 350 has undergone only mild tweaks. For 2018, we expect mostly the same from this sporty coupe, save for a power increase, some new features, and an updated infotainment system.

Visually, the RC 350 hasn’t changed much since its launch, and we expect this to, for the most part, carry on both inside and out on the 2018 model. There will, however, be one change inside the cabin that buyers may notice, and that’s the new available 10.3-inch infotainment screen.

Other than this new screen, there are a few more technical updates, including 10 years of free Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect, one year of free Lexus Enform Destination Assist, Enform Wi-Fi, available Enform App Suite 2.0 with NPR One and one free year of Scout GPS Link with the base infotainment system.

Under its hood, the RC 350 will retain its 3.5-liter V6 powerplant, but its output will jump to 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Those will account for increases of 5 hp and 3 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission will remain in the rear-wheel-drive version, while a six-speed transmission will handle shifting duties on all-wheel-drive versions.

Lexus RC 350

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ in 2017, the RC 350 didn’t have much room for improvement in terms of safety. Lexus will, however, make its Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking, a standard feature. Other than this important update, the 2018 RC 350 will be just as safe as the 2017 model.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect to see the 2018 Lexus RC 350 arrive in the fall of 2017.

Pricing is unconfirmed, but it shouldn’t stray too far from the 2017 RC 350, which ranges from $44,005 to $50,970 (destination fees included).

The 2018 Lexus RC 350’s main competition will be the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and the Cadillac ATS Coupe.

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Pictured: 2017 RC 350

Lexus RC 350

Lexus RC 350

Lexus RC 350

Lexus RC 350

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