WHEN it arrives in Australia at the end of this year, the 2020 Lexus RX range will handle better, be safer, and most importantly, have a touch screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard for the first time.
Available with five or seven seats, the re-engineered luxury SUV has undergone suspension changes to increase body rigidity, while redesigned shock absorbers are equipped with a new friction-control device that reduces high-frequency vibration.
Hollow stabiliser bars that are stiffer and thicker, extensive use of laser-screw welding and spot welding, and increased use of high-strength adhesive has also resulted in a more immediate response to steering inputs.
The sporty appearance of the RX now has an even better design flow thanks to revised character lines that connect the newly sculpted front and rear bumpers. Lexus is also offering newly designed 20 and 18-inch aluminium wheels and new colour options.
Slender new headlamps, either side of a revised spindle grille, add sharpness to the front while the rear lamps feature a “L” motif. In a world first, Lexus has advanced its LED auto high-beam system with blade-scan technology that enhances overall safety at night.
The Lexus innovation precisely controls light distribution by adopting a fast-spinning blade mirror that transfers light to a lens to illuminate the road ahead. The system synchronises the rotation of the blade mirror with switching the LED headlights off and on.
As a result, RX drivers can view hard-to-see areas such as road shoulders and recognise pedestrians and road signs much earlier, without impeding the driver’s overall visibility and without dazzling drivers travelling in the opposite direction.
The latest Lexus Safety System + features advanced accident prevention and mitigation technologies, including the newly adopted lane tracing assist that makes it easier for the driver to stay in the desired lane and road sign assist.
Updates to the interior include two seating positions for the third-row seats, adding an option for securing greater leg space when required. A new touch-display screen now joins the Lexus remote touch interface as well.
The power train line-up remains unchanged from the current model; a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 3.5-litre petrol V6 and a self-charging hybrid 3.5-litre V6. Australian pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.