Lexus has revealed a refreshed version of its flagship RX SUV. Changes include updated exterior styling, new safety tech, redesigned seating and an updated chassis.
When Lexus launched the original RX model in the UK in 2000, it broke new ground as the market’s first luxury SUV, a premium alternative to large-scale 4x4s that offered greater comfort, better handling and fuel economy and more sophisticated quality throughout.
Now in its fourth generation, the facelifted Lexus RX gets a mild exterior redesign with restyled front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, new headlights and tail lights and a new rear diffuser. Available in both five- and seven-seat variants, the new model has arrived in dealerships this week.
The updated RX is the first model in the Lexus range to feature the firm’s new BladeScan adaptive LED headlights. These beam light onto a pair of rotating blade-shaped mirrors, which are then aimed towards the road through a lens. Lexus claims this system offers improved visibility for the driver without dazzling other road users.
Inside, Lexus has added a new touchscreen infotainment system that adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice control functionality. In the seven-seat model, the third row of seats has been redesigned with an additional setting that offers more legroom for the rearmost passengers.
The third-row seats of the RX L now feature two different seating positions, being electronically adjustable, they add even more leg space (+94mm) as required.
The updated RX SUV is available in three equipment grades: RX with Premium Pack, F Sport and Takumi. The seven-seat RX L is offered in RX with Premium Pack and Takumi trims.
The RX F Sport gains performance dampers and both the F Sport and Takumi models are fitted with the new BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System mentioned above. The RX and RX L Takumi adopt a new 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheel design.
All RX models may only be specified with a single petrol engine - a 3.5-litre V6 with a hybrid powertrain that produces 308hp. This engine pushes power to all four wheels via a CVT automatic gearbox, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds and a claimed fuel economy figure of 54.3mpg.
Further revisions to the RX include new suspension, stiffer anti-roll bars and body shell reinforcement to improve the cars structural rigidity. Lexus has also revised the power steering and Active Cornering Assist system, with the changes helping to improve the cars handling characteristics and reduce understeer.
Safety updates to the new, five-model RX UK line-up also include road sign assist, radar-controlled adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that’s capable of detecting pedestrians even at night.
2020 Lexus RX Model line-up:
- RX with Premium Pack
- RX F Sport
- RX Takumi
- RX L Premium
- RX L Takumi
To pre-register your interest in the updated Lexus RX, please call our friendly customer service team on 0161 826 9716.