The Lexus RX is now in its fourth generation and has a proud history of innovation, such as being the first vehicle in the luxury segment to offer a self-charging hybrid powertrain. To further strengthen the model’s performance and customer appeal, Lexus has introduced a series of technical, styling and equipment enhancements for the 2020 Lexus RX.
The changes are led by new, evolutionary styling that maintains the RX’s powerful and sporty appearance. It introduces more elegant elements and creates a coherent flow from front to rear, giving the vehicle a stronger, unified look.
Details of the frontal treatment include a new rendition of the signature Lexus grille, with a mesh pattern of radiating three-dimensional ‘L’ shapes; slimmer headlight units; more rounded edges to the front bumper; and an extended line from the sills that connects with the bottom of the grille, projecting strength and stability.
At the rear, a more elegant and powerful look has been created with a redesigned lower bumper that links smoothly to the rear wings. Elements such as the lights, reflectors, underguard and exhaust outlets are arranged horizontally to emphasise the vehicle’s width and sense of purpose, while new LED combination lights feature a series of ‘L’ motifs across the tail lights and turn indicators.
The human-machine interface in the cabin has been improved with the availability of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display. To accommodate this interactive feature, the screen has been moved further forward on the centre console, placing it within easy reach of the driver and front passenger. Multimedia functions can also be operated using a new track pad version of our Remote Touch Interface, or with voice control.
The new RX also provides seamless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. LexusLink gives access to connected services via a dedicated app, while all RX models are equipped with an on-board WiFi hotspot with an initial complimentary three-month/24GB data plan.
The electronically adjustable third-row seats of the RX L now feature two different seating positions, which add up to 94mm of extra leg space when the situation demands.
Dynamic improvements have been achieved by giving the new 2020 RX a more rigid body, using laser screw welding, additional spot welds and high-strength adhesive at key points around the chassis. The suspension has been improved with a stiffer rear anti-roll bar, more rigid hubs and the use of a new Friction Control Device in the shock absorbers to further reduce high-frequency vibrations from small imperfections in the road surface.
The new Adaptive Variable Suspension fitted to the RX F Sport was first deployed on the Lexus LC flagship coupe. It provides almost constantly variable damping control at each wheel, automatically adjusting through 650 different settings. The new RX’s vehicle stability control gains Active Cornering Assist, which automatically suppresses understeer if the driver steps on the throttle mid-corner. The electric power steering has been retuned for a more linear steering feel and line-tracing that is faithful to the driver’s intentions.
The latest version of Lexus Safety System+ provides additional protection to help prevent accidents, or lessen the consequence if the vehicle is involved in an impact. The Pre-Collision System’s functionality has been increased, with pedestrian detection by day and night and daytime detection of cyclists in the car’s path.
In a world-first, the F Sport and Takumi grade models are equipped with a BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System, which uses a rapidly rotating blade-shaped mirror to direct light from the LED headlamps. It provides finer and deeper automatic forward illumination, making it easier to see pedestrians on the road margins. It also operates with no risk of dazzling drivers of vehicles ahead.
2020 Lexus RX: specifications
The new RX is available in the UK 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.
|GRADE||CORE EQUIPMENT FEATURES|
|RX / RX L with Premium Pack||New-generation Lexus Safety System+, power tailgate with hands-free kick sensor, 12.3” multimedia touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, heated steering wheel, paddle shifts, six USB charging ports, wireless device charger, triple-eye LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 12-speaker audio, Lexus Navigation, leather upholstery, LexusLink connected services, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats|
|RX F Sport||Additional features to base: performance dampers, Adaptive Variable Suspension with 650 damping settings, active stabilisers, sunroof (option), triple-eye LED headlights with BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System, 20” F Sport alloy wheels, F Sport leather seats, F Sport exterior styling details, illuminated entry system|
|RX / RX L Takumi||Additional features to base: 20” alloy wheels, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, card key, head-up display, 360-degree panoramic view monitor, semi-aniline leather upholstery, ten-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, four-way lumber support on front seats, heated and power-adjustable second row seats, Mark Levinson 15-speaker surround sound audio, panoramic roof (RX) or sunroof (RX L)|
2020 Lexus RX: prices and options
|MODEL||OTR PRICE||PACK / OPTION||OTR PRICE|
|RX with Premium Pack||£52,705||Tech and Safety||£2,550|
|RX F Sport||£55,205||Tech and Safety||£2,550|
|Sunroof||No cost option|
|RX Takumi||£61,705||Sunroof||No cost option|
|RX L with Premium Pack||£54,145||Tech and Safety||£2,550|
|RX L Takumi||£62,605||Sunroof||No cost option|
|All versions||Velvet Black paint||No cost option|
|Sonic White paint||£920|
|Sonic Titanium paint||£920|
|Azure Blue paint||£920|
|Other paint colours||£670|
NB: Please note that the sunroof option is only available in place of the panoramic roof, so on RX F Sport models is therefore only available in conjunction with the Takumi pack.