By Wayne Gorrett

First introduced in 2015, the current fourth generation Lexus RX has received mid-life updates for its 2019 model year. Changes to the Lexus SUV flagship include refreshed exterior styling, new safety tech, redesigned seating and an updated chassis.

The new five-seat RX and seven-seat RX-L are due to go on sale in the autumn and full specifications of the UK range will be announced nearer the on-sale date.

Style upgrades

The updated RX has received a mild exterior redesign with restyled front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, new headlights and tail lights and a new rear diffuser.

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.

Interior updates

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 those in row three.

Powertrains

All RX models can 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

Updates to the new RX also include the firm’s latest safety technology, with road sign assist, radar-controlled adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that’s capable of detecting pedestrians even at night.

To pre-register your interest in leasing the all-new Lexus RX flagship SUV, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 0161 826 9716.