2020 Lexus RX: the luxury SUV pioneer attains new heights

The Lexus RX is now in its fourth generation and has a proud history of innovation, such as being the first vehicle in the luxury segment to offer a self-charging hybrid powertrain. To further strengthen the model’s performance and customer appeal, Lexus has introduced a series of technical, styling and equipment enhancements for the 2020 Lexus RX.

2020 Lexus RX

The changes are led by new, evolutionary styling that maintains the RX’s powerful and sporty appearance. It introduces more elegant elements and creates a coherent flow from front to rear, giving the vehicle a stronger, unified look.

Details of the frontal treatment include a new rendition of the signature Lexus grille, with a mesh pattern of radiating three-dimensional ‘L’ shapes; slimmer headlight units; more rounded edges to the front bumper; and an extended line from the sills that connects with the bottom of the grille, projecting strength and stability.

2020 Lexus RX

At the rear, a more elegant and powerful look has been created with a redesigned lower bumper that links smoothly to the rear wings. Elements such as the lights, reflectors, underguard and exhaust outlets are arranged horizontally to emphasise the vehicle’s width and sense of purpose, while new LED combination lights feature a series of ‘L’ motifs across the tail lights and turn indicators.

2020 Lexus RX

The human-machine interface in the cabin has been improved with the availability of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display. To accommodate this interactive feature, the screen has been moved further forward on the centre console, placing it within easy reach of the driver and front passenger. Multimedia functions can also be operated using a new track pad version of our Remote Touch Interface, or with voice control.

2020 Lexus RX

The new RX also provides seamless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. LexusLink gives access to connected services via a dedicated app, while all RX models are equipped with an on-board WiFi hotspot with an initial complimentary three-month/24GB data plan.

2020 Lexus RX L

The electronically adjustable third-row seats of the RX L now feature two different seating positions, which add up to 94mm of extra leg space when the situation demands.

Dynamic improvements have been achieved by giving the new 2020 RX a more rigid body, using laser screw welding, additional spot welds and high-strength adhesive at key points around the chassis. The suspension has been improved with a stiffer rear anti-roll bar, more rigid hubs and the use of a new Friction Control Device in the shock absorbers to further reduce high-frequency vibrations from small imperfections in the road surface.

2020 Lexus RX

The new Adaptive Variable Suspension fitted to the RX F Sport was first deployed on the Lexus LC flagship coupe. It provides almost constantly variable damping control at each wheel, automatically adjusting through 650 different settings. The new RX’s vehicle stability control gains Active Cornering Assist, which automatically suppresses understeer if the driver steps on the throttle mid-corner. The electric power steering has been retuned for a more linear steering feel and line-tracing that is faithful to the driver’s intentions.

The latest version of Lexus Safety System+ provides additional protection to help prevent accidents, or lessen the consequence if the vehicle is involved in an impact. The Pre-Collision System’s functionality has been increased, with pedestrian detection by day and night and daytime detection of cyclists in the car’s path.

Lexus BladeScan headlights

In a world-first, the F Sport and Takumi grade models are equipped with a BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System, which uses a rapidly rotating blade-shaped mirror to direct light from the LED headlamps. It provides finer and deeper automatic forward illumination, making it easier to see pedestrians on the road margins. It also operates with no risk of dazzling drivers of vehicles ahead.

2020 Lexus RX: specifications

The new RX is available in the UK in three equipment grades: RX with Premium Pack, F Sport and Takumi. The seven-seat RX L is offered in RX with Premium Pack and Takumi trims.

GRADECORE EQUIPMENT FEATURES
RX / RX L with Premium PackNew-generation Lexus Safety System+, power tailgate with hands-free kick sensor, 12.3” multimedia touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, heated steering wheel, paddle shifts, six USB charging ports, wireless device charger, triple-eye LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 12-speaker audio, Lexus Navigation, leather upholstery, LexusLink connected services, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats
RX F SportAdditional features to base: performance dampers, Adaptive Variable Suspension with 650 damping settings, active stabilisers, sunroof (option), triple-eye LED headlights with BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System, 20” F Sport alloy wheels, F Sport leather seats, F Sport exterior styling details, illuminated entry system
RX / RX L TakumiAdditional features to base: 20” alloy wheels, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, card key, head-up display, 360-degree panoramic view monitor, semi-aniline leather upholstery, ten-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, four-way lumber support on front seats, heated and power-adjustable second row seats, Mark Levinson 15-speaker surround sound audio, panoramic roof (RX) or sunroof (RX L)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Lexus RX: prices and options

MODELOTR PRICEPACK / OPTIONOTR PRICE
RX with Premium Pack£52,705Tech and Safety£2,550
Panoramic roof£1,450
RX F Sport£55,205Tech and Safety£2,550
Takumi£5,500
Panoramic roof£1,450
Active stabilisers£800
SunroofNo cost option
RX Takumi£61,705SunroofNo cost option
RX L with Premium Pack£54,145Tech and Safety£2,550
Panoramic roof£1,450
RX L Takumi£62,605SunroofNo cost option
All versionsVelvet Black paintNo cost option
Sonic White paint£920
Sonic Titanium paint£920
Azure Blue paint£920
Other paint colours£670

NB: Please note that the sunroof option is only available in place of the panoramic roof, so on RX F Sport models is therefore only available in conjunction with the Takumi pack.

6 comments

  1. why is the panoramic sunroof option not available on the rxl 450h takumi(does this replace the premier model?) but available on the rx? with a longer roof on the rxl model wouldn’t the panoramic roof be more desirable? the sunroof is too small for the rxl takumi. i am based in the UK.

    1. Hello Jon,
      Thank you for contacting us.
      All manufacturers have to conform to strict emissions standards, and they face huge fines if they are unable to do so.
      The panoramic roof, whilst being an amazing feature, is heavy, and it therefore adds considerable weight to the vehicle.
      The RXL naturally has a higher kerb weight than the RX as it is larger, which in turn means that there is no panoramic roof option available.
      We’re sorry that this doesn’t suit your ideal specification, as we know the panoramic roof is a stunning addition to any vehicle, but it is for this reason that it is unavailable on the RXL.
      Thanks.

  2. Why is it taking at least 4 weeks to get a power steering part for my new RX sport it has taken 2 visits to Lexus Woodford in Essex to diagnosticly find the problem + my courtesy car is too small for me as its a CT which is low to get in & out of I wonder what Ewan Shepherd makes of this dilemma

    1. Hello Martin,
      Thank you for your comment. We are so sorry to hear this.
      We have emailed you directly to gather further details so that this can be looked into further.
      Thanks.

  3. Can you kindly advise if the third row seats are adjustable. It says we can get additional 95mm. How is it achieved please advise.

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Please provide us your vehicle registration so we can check this for you.

      Thanks

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