Lexus RX updated for 2020 with styling and chassis tweaks

Lexus has updated its RX SUV for 2020 with subtle styling revisions and chassis tweaks. 

Redesigned front and rear bumpers are the most obvious change to the exterior styling, while a rearranged tailpipe layout aims to lend the car a sportier image. 

At the front, slimmer headlights flank a reconfigured version of the model’s distinctive large grille, in an attempt to emphasise the link between the RX and Lexus’s new UX crossover and ES executive saloon. 

The headlights themselves are the first to employ Lexus’ new Bladescan technology, which increases forward visibility by projecting LED beams onto mirrors that rotate at high speed. 

Lexus says Bladescan “lights up areas that may be difficult to see using a conventional high-beam system, such the shoulder of the road.” Pedestrians are now said to be recognised at 56 metres, as opposed to 32 metres with the RX’s old headlights.

Lexus has prioritised dynamic handling with the suspension set-up on the updated RX; increased use of high-strength adhesives throughout the chassis and the installation of stiffer anti-roll bars are said to improve body rigidity. 

New shock absorbers have been fitted to offer a smoother ride over rough surfaces, while a new cornering assistance programme reduces the risk of understeer when accelerating through bends. 

Inside, the seven-seat RX L model now offers moveable third-row seats to allow for greater leg room as required, while Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control have been introduced across the RX range.

Furthermore, Lexus’s pre-collision warning system has been upgraded to allow for detection of pedestrians at day and at night and works in conjunction with traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control to enhance the car’s autonomous capabilities. 

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