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Introducing the Updated 2020 Lexus RX & RX F SPORT

Lexus RX 2020

Today, Lexus introduces the updated 2020 RX & RX F SPORT with a fresh new face and an upgraded connectivity suite that includes touchscreen functionality.

Lexus Enthusiast is currently attending the launch in California, and here we have the full press release with all the details.


2020 Lexus RX and RXL Open a New Chapter for the Iconic Luxury Crossover

  • User-Friendly Touchscreen Paired with Remote Touch Pad
  • First Lexus Model to Receive Android Auto
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 Across the RX lineup
  • New F SPORT Performance Package with AVS from Lexus LC

LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2019) The pioneer of the luxury crossover segment is receiving an update – inside and out – for the 2020 model year. The new 2020 Lexus RX and RXL three row enhance both their elegance and captivating appeal through improved driving dynamics, an updated Lexus Multimedia System, additional standard safety features and elevated styling that bring a new sophistication to the RX lineup.

Lexus RX 450hL RX 350

All 2020 Lexus RX models feature updated exterior styling that includes revised front and rear fascias and a new standard 18” wheel design. Triple-beam LED headlamps have also been redesigned as an option. Inside, an available 12.3-inch touchscreen paired with the remote touch pad supports added dynamic voice and navigation functionality. The updated Lexus Multimedia System now includes advanced in-dash technology to simplify a guest’s life, such as Apple CarPlay® integration for your iPhone.

Lexus RX 450hL

“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, vice president of Lexus marketing. “We heard very positive feedback from our US guests about their experience in the RX, and we worked to improve upon the success with key areas of focus.”

More Sophisticated Design with an Aggressive Touch

The updated front and rear fascias of the new 2020 Lexus RX and RXL reflect the latest design themes of the brand with a balance between sophistication and strength.

Starting with the signature grille, a symbol of the Lexus brand and distinctive ‘face’ of the vehicle, the designers created an elaborate look based on an L-motif. Each individual block has a different shape and angle to create a varying form that balances a strong yet elegant image. The angles of the grille surround are also echoed by the angles used at each corner of the bumper to smooth the visual flow across the front.

Lexus RX F SPORT

The slimmer headlamps add a sharper look up front while the rear taillamps also utilize an “L” motif across the top that is reflected by inverted “L’s” across the bottom. Framed by the dual exhaust, rear diffuser and updated angle of the reflectors, the sharp and rounded edges on the 2020 Lexus RX are accentuated. Adding more utility to the rear of the vehicle, the power back door is now activated by an optional kick sensor to open and close faster.

Lexus RX Headlights

To further distinguish the exterior of the RX, two new exterior colors have been added for the 2020 model year along with a new 18-inch wheel design, and 20-inch wheel design in the Luxury grade. Guests can now choose from Moonbeam Beige Metallic or Nori Green Pearl, a popular exterior color first used on the all-new Lexus UX.

Advanced Technology with Connectivity

All RX models for 2020 come standard with the latest smartphone vehicle integrations and their respective virtual assistants. Guests can access the same familiar interface of their desired technologies through the RX’s standard 8-inch touchscreen dashboard display. The premium suite of connected technology offers multiple ways to stay connected, including the 3-year Lexus Enform Remote trial to remotely start the engine using select smart devices. And, with six USB ports throughout the RX, both the driver and passengers can keep their smart devices charged and ready to use.

Lexus RX Interior 2020

With Android Auto, drivers can seamlessly access and use their phone on the RX’s touchscreen display. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and easy-to-use voice actions through the Google Assistant, it’s designed to minimize distraction, so you can stay focused on the road.

Once connected, guests will enjoy music from apps such as Spotify® and Pandora®, or send messages through commonly used apps like WhatsApp®. The interface also allows them to navigate with Google MapsTM or Waze. With the Google Assistant in Android Auto, drivers can use their voice to get things done quickly and easily for a seamless, smooth, and enjoyable driving experience. Tailored information is provided based on calendar, device usage, activity and habits.

For Apple CarPlay integration, guests can use their iPhone® through the Lexus RX’s touchscreen display. When their iPhone is connected, commands for driving directions, phone calls, and sending and receiving messages via Siri® are enabled. They can also gain access to favorite apps like Waze, Spotify®, podcasts and Apple AudiobooksTM.

Lexus RX Interior 2

Through in-car integrations with voice services like Amazon Alexa, guests can access their preferred service and play music, check the news, control smart home devices and more. With the addition of a designated space to store smartphones near the front of the center console, guests can better utilize space to secure their personal items and still engage with the Lexus Multimedia System.

The Lexus Multimedia System touchscreen offers control of audio and climate systems in addition to providing a view of what’s behind the vehicle via the backup camera. Guests will have the option to choose between the standard 8-inch display and available 12.3-inch high-resolution, split-screen multimedia display.

With Dynamic Voice Command (DVC) on 2020 Lexus RX crossovers with the available 12.3-inch multimedia system, the voice-recognition system has the ability to recognize millions more phrases than conventional Lexus systems. DVC offers greater accuracy, seamless address entry and expanded Points of Interest searches.

Enhanced Driving Dynamics

The 2020 Lexus RX crossover receives several changes designed to enhance the driving dynamics across the lineup. Both the front and rear stabilizer bars are now hollow to reduce weight, yet their thicker diameters and reinforced bushings help reduce body roll and improve steering response. The shock absorbers have been re-tuned to work with the stiffer roll bars, while upgraded dampers feature a new friction control device that helps to control high frequency vibrations for a smoother ride.

Lexus RX Driving

To further refine the 2020 Lexus RX responsiveness, a stiffer suspension design reduces the noise and vibration from the road. Even on turns, the added active corner braking will prevent understeering by braking the inner tire and providing more stability to the vehicle handling. Additional rigidity was achieved through additional spot welds and adhesive.

Standard Safety Powerhouse

In addition to the 3-year, Lexus Enform Safety Connect and 10-year Enform Service Connect included with the vehicle, the suite of standard advanced safety features in the 2020 Lexus RX adds Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. This adds daytime bicyclist detection and low-light pedestrian detection along with Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to further expand the scenarios in which the RX is designed to provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.

Lexus RX Side Profile

Daytime bicyclist detection is part of an enhanced Pre-Collision System (PCS). Previously designed to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian, the Pre-Collision System now has the potential to detect a preceding bicyclist as well. The PCS has also been enhanced to help detect a preceding pedestrian in certain low-light situations by increasing the camera’s sensitivity and dynamic range.

Road Sign Assist (RSA) displays select road sign information in the instrument panel while the Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) system is designed to detect lane markings to determine lane position and place the vehicle in the center of the lane when working in conjunction with the All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. If road markings are not detected, LTA is also capable, in certain conditions, of following the car ahead of it.

Two New Ways to Add F SPORT

The new 2020 Lexus RX now offers two options for F SPORT packages. The updated F SPORT package offers the option between the look of the signature Lexus F SPORT brand and the additional tuning for a more muscular feel on the road. Borrowing from the Lexus LC, the new RX F SPORT package includes the latest active variable suspension (AVS) system that’s more responsive than previous systems.

Lexus RX F SPORT Front

The new F SPORT package also includes cold air intake, active sound control, Electric Power Steering (EPS), and a heated steering wheel. This can be added on top of the F SPORT look which now comes with new front and rear performance dampers, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ and Customer Drive Modes. In addition to the interior colors offered for the RX F SPORT, guests can now bring the enthusiasm inside the cabin with Circuit Red bolstered seating with grey stitching on the seams.

Updated Features Carry the Attention to Detail

The 2020 Lexus RX crossover receives a wide range of changes designed to enhance the driving dynamics, including paddle shifters standard across the lineup. Guests will be able to be more engaged with the road at every turn.

Lexus RX Seats 2020

Now standard on the RX 350L and 450hL, guests will find body-hugging NuLuxe seating and interior trim. The number of interior color options has also expanded to include Birch with certain exterior color combinations.

Hybrid Options Continue to Shine

Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle – a gas/electric version of the RX luxury-utility vehicle- more than a decade ago. The RX 450h and RX 450hL continue to serve as a powerful reminder of the brand’s hybrid leadership, with 308 combined system horsepower for powerful performance and impressive manufacturer-estimated 30 mpg for RX and 29 mpg on RXL combined mpg.

Lexus RX 450h Rear

The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S fuel injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high- torque electric drive motor-generators for strong acceleration and passing performance. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the all-weather drive system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction.

The new 2020 RX and RXL will start production in the third quarter of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

Comments
The front end closely resembles the NX. The red NuLux F-Sport seats also look very similar to the NX version.

Touchscreen is great but the screen is too far away for it to be useful IMO.
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    Jay
  • May 30, 2019
DDas
Updates look pretty good. Loving the mesh grilles for the non-FSport models that Lexus is doing now. I'm also glad they didn't slap a continuous taillight on it even though there was an article a while ago where Lexus said they were going to start following that trend.

But yes, like everyone else, I also see more minivan vibes in the RXL...
My guess is the next gen RX will have the continuous red taillights across the entire tailgate like the UX. First the LF-1 Limitless concept and then the UX has it. Only a matter of time before the next gen NX and RX will too.
J
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    Jay
  • May 30, 2019
I wished Lexus re-designed a new rim for the F-Sport since they updated the based model rims.
Those vents in the front of the F-Sport are a bit too much IMO, and are too close to the vents found in all other F vehicles, should've kept them for the RX F and put something a little more toned down.
RAL
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I find the bottom of the that touch screen budoes in the dash!
ross7777
The front end closely resembles the NX. The red NuLux F-Sport seats also look very similar to the NX version.

Touchscreen is great but the screen is too far away for it to be useful IMO.
when it comes to touchscreen, it has been moved to front, considerably, compared to the old model.
Gecko
Here in US, Sequoia/Tacoma/4Runner/Tundra are first to have Android Auto, but RX may well be first TMC vehicle to have it in Europe.
yeah... and in general, maybe first european TMC vehicle with carplay? European system lags a lot compared to the US one, and looks worse on Toyota's too... I know Rav4 salesmen were telling everyone that Android Auto support is coming by the end of the year to existing vehicles.
spwolf
when it comes to touchscreen, it has been moved to front, considerably, compared to the old model.
It is closer but still in an awkward position for a touchscreen. The right side of the screen will be quite a reach for the driver.
Has anyone seen any photos of the F Sport in black/nebula grey/other darker colors?

The changes aren't that subtle to me, the whole thing is extremely refined. I honestly think if you're a fan of the "coupe SUV" look that the germans have been going after, this is a strong style contender while still not looking like the smoothed-to-hell offerings out there already.

I am not one to speak out usually about design since it's quite subjective, but I really liked Mercedes' stuff from until they got onto this latest design ideology. It just seems like you go to their site and they're offering 30 different variations of the same grey, smooth luxury blob (excluding the hard edged AMGs and some of the top flagship stuff).

Maybe others feel differently, I would be curious to hear other views, but when i'm a car guy and I can't tell if that's a C, or E, or S class from most angles unless i'm relatively close and have an unobstructed view, that sort of does a disservice to the massive investment you've made in differentiating those vehicles.

BMW isn't quite as bad yet design wise, but holy christ their vehicle lineup confuses the hell out of me.

Like holy analysis-paralysis do I want the 4 door version of the 2 door version of the 4 door version, or do i want the hatchback version of the 2 door version of the 4 door version, or maybe i want an SUV version of whichever i go with, but one with a "coupe" look to it, and then there's M sport and M, X#M etc.

Getting back to the new RX:
I think the tuners/designers are going to do some interesting stuff with this. I am really curious to see what sorts of body kits come out for this thing, and the fact that they have seperate F sport appearance and F sport performance packages is really great. That was a huge complaint of mine before - why can't i have the F sport exterior with all the luxury goodies of the non F sport (at least where i'm at, the F sport just didn't have the top of the line finishes and option combinations as the non-F sport).

To offer a package that comes with a cold air filter (and handling improvements), plus the addition of what is effectively self-driving capability in clear road conditions (the only kind you should use any contemporary system for, staying fully alert - referring to LTA + dynamic cruise control + better ped/bike detection), and then throw in android auto, carplay, and a touch screen is quite telling.

Is this facelifted RX perfect and a homerun? Probably not perfect, but nothing is, but homerun wouldn't be alien territory for the RX.

The real takeaway is that it seems like Lexus is realizing this stuff really does matter, and that they're doing this on a facelift makes me excited to see what the full new RX + whatever other new vehicles coming out come equipped with. I imagine in a future of simplified electric drive trains, and shared platforms and a move back to some car makers being essentially modern-day coach-builders, they're going to have to compete harder and differentiate more.

I want to see this in real life. If it's anything like say the RC F in pictures vs real life, this should look sharp.

Only complaint is the ride height on some of the vehicles, when combined with that dark wheel arch, not my preferred appearance but suspension can be easily addressed aftermarket.
CRSKTN
Has anyone seen any photos of the F Sport in black/nebula grey/other darker colors?

The changes aren't that subtle to me, the whole thing is extremely refined. I honestly think if you're a fan of the "coupe SUV" look that the germans have been going after, this is a strong style contender while still not looking like the smoothed-to-hell offerings out there already.

I am not one to speak out usually about design since it's quite subjective, but I really liked Mercedes' stuff from until they got onto this latest design ideology. It just seems like you go to their site and they're offering 30 different variations of the same grey, smooth luxury blob (excluding the hard edged AMGs and some of the top flagship stuff).

Maybe others feel differently, I would be curious to hear other views, but when i'm a car guy and I can't tell if that's a C, or E, or S class from most angles unless i'm relatively close and have an unobstructed view, that sort of does a disservice to the massive investment you've made in differentiating those vehicles.

BMW isn't quite as bad yet design wise, but holy christ their vehicle lineup confuses the hell out of me.

Like holy analysis-paralysis do I want the 4 door version of the 2 door version of the 4 door version, or do i want the hatchback version of the 2 door version of the 4 door version, or maybe i want an SUV version of whichever i go with, but one with a "coupe" look to it, and then there's M sport and M, X#M etc.

Getting back to the new RX:
I think the tuners/designers are going to do some interesting stuff with this. I am really curious to see what sorts of body kits come out for this thing, and the fact that they have seperate F sport appearance and F sport performance packages is really great. That was a huge complaint of mine before - why can't i have the F sport exterior with all the luxury goodies of the non F sport (at least where i'm at, the F sport just didn't have the top of the line finishes and option combinations as the non-F sport).

To offer a package that comes with a cold air filter (and handling improvements), plus the addition of what is effectively self-driving capability in clear road conditions (the only kind you should use any contemporary system for, staying fully alert - referring to LTA + dynamic cruise control + better ped/bike detection [seems this might not be the full LSS+A that the LS has, upon further inspection, can anyone confirm?]), and then throw in android auto, carplay, and a touch screen is quite telling.

Is this facelifted RX perfect and a homerun? Probably not perfect, but nothing is, but homerun wouldn't be alien territory for the RX.

The real takeaway is that it seems like Lexus is realizing this stuff really does matter, and that they're doing this on a facelift makes me excited to see what the full new RX + whatever other new vehicles coming out come equipped with. I imagine in a future of simplified electric drive trains, and shared platforms and a move back to some car makers being essentially modern-day coach-builders, they're going to have to compete harder and differentiate more.

I want to see this in real life. If it's anything like say the RC F in pictures vs real life, this should look sharp.

Only complaint is the ride height on some of the vehicles, when combined with that dark wheel arch, not my preferred appearance but suspension can be easily addressed aftermarket.
Hi
Are you based in the middle East? I face the same issues regarding Lexus RF sport where they don't have the full Options as the high end option! The sales men says that since it's an fsport version the vehicle should not come with Lane departure warning, mark Levinson speakers and other options as the top end version! They have the same engine but they talk bullshit!
But will there be a hybrid f-sport?
CRSKTN
Maybe others feel differently, I would be curious to hear other views, but when i'm a car guy and I can't tell if that's a C, or E, or S class from most angles unless i'm relatively close and have an unobstructed view, that sort of does a disservice to the massive investment you've made in differentiating those vehicles.
I have the same problem with recent Benzes, and it's exacerbated by seemingly every one sold being gray.

It could get worse, Cadillac announced that all of their cars will now be called "CT (number)-V", with a choice of engines. I guess BMW's "everything's an M" is spreading.
Ian Schmidt
I have the same problem with recent Benzes, and it's exacerbated by seemingly every one sold being gray.

It could get worse, Cadillac announced that all of their cars will now be called "CT (number)-V", with a choice of engines. I guess BMW's "everything's an M" is spreading.
I'm seeing AMG 43 models everywhere, it's completely diluting the AMG brand. Didn't know that about Cadillac, but that's super confusing - haven't they changed naming conventions multiple times now? Hard to build a strong following when people feel like they're starting from scratch when shopping for a new car and they don't recognize any of the models.
This is great , touch screen , that’s all that matters. Can’t wait to see the other new models with this integration . The Lc 500 and the Ls will be pushed to the front of the pack . No more fiddling with the mouse or touch whiles driving . Thank you God . The style of the new grill and lights make it look stronger .
Jezza819
I'm not a fan of touchscreens but hopefully this new generation will be more reliable than the previous versions. Apparently Lexus is going to start installing the touchscreen option in further refreshes. Glad to see you still have the option to use the remote.

At first I wasn't seeing the changes in the headlights and tail lights but I went out in our shop to see a previous year model and now I can see the changes more clearly.
This touchscreen is super responsive, I was very impressed using it. I don't think many will have to use the Remote Touch controller anymore.
krew
This touchscreen is super responsive, I was very impressed using it. I don't think many will have to use the Remote Touch controller anymore.
Hi does the touchscreen block the visibility out of the windshield?
krew
This touchscreen is super responsive, I was very impressed using it. I don't think many will have to use the Remote Touch controller anymore.
how were you happy with positioning and ability to reach it?

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