Local specs and pricing for the 2020 Lexus RX range have been announced highlighted by upgrades to connectivity, safety and driving dynamics along with a reduction to the entry price.
Interestingly, the updated RX range is now priced from $71,920 plus on-road costs for the RX300 Luxury, a reduction of $1600 when compared to the previous line-up.
In terms of new tech, buyers now get a 12.3-inch screen (up from 8.0 inches), a new touch-display and touchpad-type controller, an additional four USB ports taking the total to six, and after an agonising wait, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Standard safety features are also boosted with the inclusion of night-time pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection for the pre-collision safety system and autonomous emergency braking systems. Additionally, the all-speed active cruise control is also now linked with new lane-trace assist and road-sign assist functionality.
There is also a new parking support brake system, hands-free kick sensor for the power-operated tailgate and front cornering lamps.
The extra kit is standard across the RX300, RX350 and RX450h variants with each available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades, as well as being standard for the seven-seat RX350L and RX450hL variants which are available in Luxury and Sports Luxury trim levels.
F Sport and Sports Luxury grades now get an LED adaptive high-beam system with world-first blade-scan technology which directs the lamps back towards a blade mirror rotating at 12,000rpm for more than 10 per cent brighter light. It also extends the high-beam reach further.
All RX300 and hybrid variants also gain dynamic dampers on the front suspension member whilst F Sport and Sports Luxury grades include standard adaptive variable suspension that now operates over a wider range to further enhance comfort and control.
Dynamic enhancements have been supplemented by the addition of active cornering assist on all RX variants as well as a revised electronic power steering tune.
Aesthetically speaking the new RX features sleeker headlamp units with a more aerodynamically designed front bumper and wider, raised spindle grille with a new block-mesh pattern on Luxury and Sports Luxury, and a new wire-mesh pattern for F Sport. There is also a new mirrored L-motif design at the rear.
Internally all RX models get paddle shifters and additional smartphone storage. There is also smart entry and start, power steering column, rear privacy glass, satellite navigation, DAB+, wireless smartphone charging, 12-speaker audio, back guide monitor, automatic headlamps and wipers, automatic high-beam, 10 airbags, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert brake
The seven-seat RX350L and RX450hL add to their standard third-row seating with a new power-fold function that offers two seating positions for the first time, providing an additional 94.3mm of legroom.
Differentiating the Luxury grades of the V6 and hybrid variants are 20-inch alloy wheels (compared with 18-inch on RX300 Luxury), genuine leather-accented seat trim, front memory seat easy access, and front seat heaters and ventilation.
F Sport models add adaptive variable suspension with Sport S+ and Custom modes, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, panoramic view monitor and rear door sunshades.
Sports Luxury variants include 14-way power-adjustable front seats with driver and passenger memory, semi-aniline leather seats, and heated second-row seats.
Naturally, a range of options will be available including an enhancement pack (EP) which includes 20-inch alloy wheels, genuine leather-accented seat material, front memory seat easy access, front seat heaters and ventilation as well as a panoramic roof with front moonroof.
Powering the RX300 is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine offering 175kW of power and 300Nm of torque mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Moving to the RX350 and RX350L nets a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine offering 221kW/370Nm and eight-speed automatic transmission.
The RX450h and RX450hL hybrids use a 3.5-litre V6 and electric motor which offer combined outputs of 230kW/335Nm.
The 2020 Lexus RX range is set to arrive in the showroom from October 2, 2019.
2020 Lexus RX range pricing (excluding on-road costs):
RX 300 Luxury - $71,920
RX 300 Luxury + EP - $77,950
RX 300 F Sport - $86,800
RX 300 Sports Luxury - $92,700
RX 350 Luxury - $81,890
RX 350 Luxury + EP - $86,390
RX 350 F Sport - $93,970
RX 350 Sports Luxury - $99,870
RX 450h Luxury - $91,090
RX 450h Luxury + EP - $95,590
RX 450h F Sport - $103,440
RX 450h Sports Luxury - $109,340
RX 350L Luxury - $85,000
RX 350L Luxury + EP - $88,500
RX 350L Sports Luxury - $101,600
RX 450hL Luxury - $94,470
RX 450hL Luxury + EP - $97,970
RX 450hL Sports Luxury - $111,070
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