The updated 2020 Lexus RX has been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival late in 2019.
Lexus claims the revision to the RX enhance dynamics, bolster safety and improve connectivity. On the latter point, the updated RX will be the first model offered in Oz with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the sheet metal, the RX has been tweaked to increase body rigidity, and given redesigned shock absorbers and hollow stabiliser bars to achieve better handling and improved steering response.
Aesthetically speaking the new RX will feature revised character lines that connect the newly sculpted front and rear bumpers. There’s also newly designed 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels, new headlamps, a revised spindle grille, “L” motif rear combination lamps and new colour options.
Lexus will also equip the new RX with a world-first LED automatic high-beam system (AHS) with blade-scan technology, which is claimed to enhance overall safety at night. This is said to be achieved by controlling the light distribution with the use of a fast-spinning blade mirror which transfers light to a lens which illuminates the road ahead.
This new system also synchronises the rotation of the blade mirror with switching the LED headlights off and on. This allows RX drivers to detect hard-to-see areas such as road shoulders and recognise pedestrians and road signs easier. It also does not dazzle oncoming traffic.
On the safety front, the Lexus Safety System + suite now incorporates lane tracing assist and road sign recognition.
Internally there have also been updates which include two seating positions for the third-row seats as well as the integration of a new infotainment touchscreen screen which is long overdue.
The powertrain options remain unchanged with the choice of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 3.5-litre petrol V6 or a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid.
The 2020 Lexus RX is set to reach Australian shores later this year with full specifications and pricing to be revealed closer to the launch date.
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