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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
Loving all the updates. I used to hate that space in the dashboard with the screen. And now it just looks pretty and clean. It kind reminding me of BMW somehow. But, in a more elegant way. Maybe it's time Lexus brings the RX F to compete against the X5M & GLE63s
I can't put my finger on it, but the exterior looks more like a minivan to me than it did before. It actually looks sort of like the Honda Odyssey in some way. Perhaps the sloping front end, swept back roofline, FWD proportions and massive overhangs?

Overall, these updates are nice and help to clean up the design.

TNGA RX can't come fast enough :)
I can't put my finger on it, but the exterior looks more like a minivan to me than it did before. It actually looks sort of like the Honda Odyssey in some way. Perhaps the sloping front end, swept back roofline, FWD proportions and massive overhangs?

Overall, these updates are nice and help to clean up the design.

TNGA RX can't come fast enough :)
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I can't put my finger on it, but the exterior looks more like a minivan to me than it did before. It actually looks sort of like the Honda Odyssey in some way. Perhaps the sloping front end, swept back roofline, FWD proportions and massive overhangs?

Overall, these updates are nice and help to clean up the design.

TNGA RX can't come fast enough :)
I'm glad I am not the only one to see minivan phantoms from certain angles. Though exterior design language seems much more refined.
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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...
I really wish they refreshed the instrument cluster and steering wheel. It’s a shame that in 2020, we are still using Toyota’s cruise control stock.
I know it's just a facelift, but sorry to say that this car won't hold a candle Infront of the current Highlander, let alone the newly one which is superior mechanically and design wise
i wonder if that touchscreen slides down when the vehicle is switched off? also is there a button when pressed makes the touchscreen slide up and down?
From what I can tell hood slope is exact same as on previous design but notion of bigger slope on the front end comes from the bottom spindle part which doesn't protrude at 90 degrees anymore, it's actually missing giant flat piece of surface on the side which helped the front not to look droopy (even LF-1 has that piece). It is now replaced by fake big vent. Second element that adds notion of a slope is removal of flat surface underneath headlights, that snow piling part. Very similar to what they did to RC refresh where headlights follow the body surface without any recess that's why new RC also looks more droopy that the original.

Touchscreen option is welcome addition but it's an instance where you have to sit and try, I can tell it won't be comfortable to reach but I don't think intention was to prioritize hand touch over touchpad. Glad they have touchpad this time instead of the analog stick. Only probable drawback is that screen is not further down the dash but form what I can tell not by much. Unfortunately that surface on top of the center stack that flows into instrument cluster hood is aesthetically ruined now because they put on a cap on top of it to close the hole.


Happy pixel hunting touchscreen lovers :D



Smart cellphone storage as well as wireless charging pad :thumbsup:
Horus468
I really wish they refreshed the instrument cluster and steering wheel. It’s a shame that in 2020, we are still using Toyota’s cruise control stalk.
Removing stalk is probably one of the worst ergonomic decisions they ever made.

Old stalk was very intuitive and easy to use, easier than buttons on steering wheel.

Plus new Toyotas get buttons on steering wheel too.
Update looks good overall, infotainment was a sore point with reviewers for a long time and now it looks that they covered literally every angle possible with touch, pad, huge screen, android, apple, Alexa... They now have everything.
a touchscreen with a touchpad,I may have to reconsider LM's screen control method,especially when alaphard has a touchscreen
Certainly seems like one of Lexus' more successful and thorough refreshes. The front end and taillight changes look better than the outgoing ones. I like that the suspension tweaks promise to improve the driving feel and reduce body roll. Fingerprints notwithstanding, I like the touchscreen functionality.

I need more clarity on the "2 new options for F Sport", though. Is AVS (Adaptive Variable Suspension) the other difference between the two? Or is it a "base" F Sport "look" with front & rear performance dampers, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ & Customer Drive Modes and then an upgraded F Sport package that adds AVS, cold air intake, active sound control, Electric Power Steering (EPS), and a heated steering wheel? And why mention the EPS as an upgrade? All RXs come with electric power steering. Did they mean to say firmer, retuned EPS?

And why is kick opening for the rear lift gate an option? it should definitely be standard on a luxury brand vehicle.
More info on euro newsroom:
https://newsroom.lexus.eu/new-lexus-rx-makes-world-debut/

Blade ahs seems interesting, first lexus with apple CarPlay in Europe, and first TMC vehicle with Android auto I think.

Infotainment in Europe for TMC is handled by different company and usually has different feature set.
spwolf
More info on euro newsroom:
https://newsroom.lexus.eu/new-lexus-rx-makes-world-debut/
And a bit more (and yet more images) on the Lexus Global Newsroom:
https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/28309969.html

One interesting detail: the 2-position 3rd-row seat for RX L is only available primarily in Japan and Europe. In North America and South Korea it's fixed in the forward position, while in China it's fixed in the rear position.

:mad: that BladeScan Type AHS headlights aren't legal in North America.
mediumhot
Touchscreen option is welcome addition but it's an instance where you have to sit and try, I can tell it won't be comfortable to reach but I don't think intention was to prioritize hand touch over touchpad. Glad they have touchpad this time instead of the analog stick. Only probable drawback is that screen is not further down the dash but form what I can tell not by much. Unfortunately that surface on top of the center stack that flows into instrument cluster hood is aesthetically ruined now because they put on a cap on top of it to close the hole.
My thoughts exactly. The added touchscreen function is OK and the screen moved forward, but just try to imagine in a current RX: there is no way that the screen can be close enough to get comfortable access to the touch function without a complete dash redesign. Also the extra surface material to close the gap ruins the premiumness. Good additions though are the smartphone holder and added usb ports (which now makes 6 in total!).
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i wonder if that touchscreen slides down when the vehicle is switched off? also is there a button when pressed makes the touchscreen slide up and down?
No, this new screen remains a fixed one, just like the old version.
They’re clearly addressing what’s wrong or at least people complains about. Even if they lock the touch input when driving it’s a clear upgrade.
In my opinion the general redesign is a success as the model doesn't need much more to face competition.
It keeps its original design (with all its pro's and con's) with a lot of personality. The engineers further improved suspension for comfort and multimedia is now finally up-to-date. They also listened to customers' input on the available interior colours: most combinations now have black lower interior panels. The Noble Brown lower interior panels are kept to a minimum (only combined with one lighter seat colour). The issue of the brown panels having a colour difference between the different surfaces is somehow restricted now.

The only 3 items that are a bit of a disappointment to me, are:
- the lack of a fully digital meter combo with personalization options like e.g. in recent Audi models: I suppose that this is kept for the new model in a few years
- PHEV version: I know that this is coming, but it should have been here now already
- improvement on material use (get rid of hard plastics) in the lower console and door panels: I am afraid that this is not going to happen any time soon, unfortunately...




Nice incremental improvement. I like the meaner face. Looking forward to the next gen.
spwolf
Blade ahs seems interesting, first lexus with apple CarPlay in Europe, and first TMC vehicle with Android auto I think.
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.
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.
I can't even tell how the front end has changed, but for some reason it looks better to me, and the rear taillight change is welcome, just because I'm getting sick of seeing so many identical RXs on the road.

The touchscreen is also a major step in the right direction, with the addition of Apple CarPlay and presumably also Android Auto.

also, at 0:24 in the video they used footage of the pre-facelift RX lol...
meth.ix
I can't even tell how the front end has changed, but for some reason it looks better to me, and the rear taillight change is welcome, just because I'm getting sick of seeing so many identical RXs on the road.

The touchscreen is also a major step in the right direction, with the addition of Apple CarPlay and presumably also Android Auto.

also, at 0:24 in the video they used footage of the pre-facelift RX lol...
The headlight became one slick shape at the front with nothing jutting out from the sides. Almost similar to the RC headlights. There also seems to be a fake side intakes next to the grille as well. The grille itself is also more refined, looking a lot less plastered on. I feel the next RX would nail the spindle design.
They finally added the Android Auto which was to happen years ago. I still remember their iconic (ironic) statement on not having Android Auto - 80% of our customers have Apple Device, but they didn't even add Carplay to all of their cars.
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LEXUSQTR
i wonder if that touchscreen slides down when the vehicle is switched off? also is there a button when pressed makes the touchscreen slide up and down?
Welcome! @LEXUSQTR
Good improvement to the frontal aspect not sure if it is lower ( the grille) however it looks lower and more an integral,part of the design. much better.
I agree with Joe and thought they they would have aped the rear view of the UX and put in the horizontal light feature which looks good on the UX.
Looks very good we can nitpick but overall this is a good looking vehicle and it is a Lexus!

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