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2020 Lexus RX facelift revealed

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Lexus has revealed the refreshed model of the RX SUV. The model year 2020 will see updates in the equipment, suspension and exterior styling departments. The facelift will be seen on both the 5-seater and 7-seater variants of the Lexus RX model and the car is expected to come in two new colour options.

On the exterior the 2020 Lexus RX will be available in two paint options – Moonbeam Beige Metallic and Nori Green Pearl. The 2020 facelift model is expected to get a refreshed grille, with newly redesigned front and rear bumpers, slimmer ‘L’ shaped LED headlights which are likely to be equipped with the Lexus’ new ‘Bladescan’ technology which projects the LED beams using a high-speed rotating mirror to increase forward visibility.

On the interiors. The RX SUV is expected to feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen display as standard, with an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the latest upgraded infotainment will come integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a host of other updates. The infotainment is controlled by the Lexus’ remote touch pad and voice controls.

The suspension upgrade on the RX will see the installation of stiffer anti-roll bars to improve rigidity, new shock-absorbers to improve ride comfort over rough surfaces, use of high-strength adhesives everywhere in the chassis and employs a new cornering assistance program for added safety.

The RX 450h will be powered by the 3.5-litre, V6 petrol engine that produces 262 HP of power connected to two electric motors that produce 167 HP of power and together the powertrain can develop a power output of 313 HP. The drivetrain consists of an e-CVT transmission sending power to all 4 wheels.

In terms of safety, the car comes with all the standard equipment such as SRS airbags, multi terrain ABS, rain-sensing wipers anti-theft alarm, tyre pressure monitoring system, etc., and on top of that the latest car can recognize traffic signs and has adaptive cruise control. The car’s pre-collision system has also been upgraded to detect pedestrians during the day as well as at night.

In India, the Lexus RX is available in two variants; RX 450h Luxury and RX 450h F Sport and the SUVs are sold at an ex-showroom price of INR 1.29 crore and INR 1.32 crore, respectively. The new 2020 facelift models are expected to be announced next year in India.

In India, the Lexus RX competes with rivals like BMW X6, Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Cayenne.