Five years after its latest generation was introduced, the Lexus RX gets exterior and interior refreshes for the 2020 model year, with improved dynamics, an updated multimedia system and additional safety features.
The exterior rets revised front and rear fascias (with redesigned triple-beam LED headlamps optional) and new standard 18-inch wheels. The interior gets an available 12.3-inch touchscreen (over the standard 8-inch display) linked to revised touchpad, as well as more connectivity options.
“The new 2020 Lexus RX improves our best-selling vehicle with a focus on the future of the brand – one of sophisticated, yet bold, design,” said Lisa Materazzo, Lexus’s vice president of marketing. “We heard very positive feedback from our US (customers) about their experience in the RX, and we worked to improve upon the success with key areas of focus.”
Outside, the large Lexus signature spindle grille features blocks that all have different shapes and angles. It’s offset by slimmer headlights using an L-motif, mirrored at the other end by taillamps with the L-motif across their tops and inverted Ls on the bottom. Finishing it off, two new colours have been added to the palette — Moonbeam Beige Metallic and Nor Green Pearl (first used on the new Lexus UX).
Inside, the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay means that the larger touchscreen will have the familiar look of the user’s smartphone (and some functionality, such as voice control). Other technologies include the availability of starting the vehicle through a smartphone. New NuLuxe seating contributes to the premium interior, which adds several new colour options, including Birch.
Driving dynamics are improved through new hollow front and rear stabilizers, retuned shocks and upgraded dampers with a new friction control device that helps filter high-frequency vibrations for a smoother ride. Stiffer suspension settings reduce road noise and vibration, and active corner braking does away with understeer. Adding an F-Sport package also adds active variable suspension.
Driving aids include the comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, standard, which has added low-light pedestrian detection, road-sign assist, lane tracing assist and daytime bicyclist detection.
The updated 2020 Lexus RX goes into production in the third quarter of 2019, with deliveries expected in the fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.