The fourth-generation Lexus RX has been officially introduced for the first time at the New York Motor Show in April 2015, including the RX450h hybrid, RX200t (RX300), and RX450h F Sport. It was entirely based on the Toyota K platform (FWD automobile platform) which also underpins the Camry sedan, Avalon, Sienna, Highlander and several other Toyota and Lexus models. And then in 2017, Lexus revealed a new mid-size luxury crossover with three-row seats and seven-passenger setup that includes the RX350 L and RX450h L. Even though it uses the same wheelbase, both models are 11 inches longer than its siblings. Well, the Toyota luxury car division has recently introduced the newest 2020 Lexus RX range on the U.S. market, including the RX350 and RX450h hybrid.
Speaking of its design changes, Lexus has provided several design updates with a more modern look and the use of new advanced technology-based features. The 2020 Lexus RX350 and RX450h are equipped with new headlights (Adaptive Headlight System) and taillights, although overall this crossover is almost the same as the current model. Other updates are seen in the front-rear fascia which now looks more modern thanks to some sharpened elements that have been carried out by Lexus. However, you will find the same front grille design as the outgoing model, still adopting a spindle pattern grille with aggressive creases.
The interior gets a number of minor changes and updates for the 2020 model years, although overall it almost unchanged in terms of interior design. Interior features along with the infotainment system have now been updated with a new 8.0-inch touchscreen display as standard, new USB port, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and optional 12.3-inch touchscreen display. As for the standard safety equipment, the 2020 Lexus RX (both RX350 and RX450h hybrid) is now equipped with the latest Lexus Safety System + suite, which includes several safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, traffic-sign recognition, and pre-collision warning.
Lexus also provides several upgrades to its suspension and chassis setup, the latter now claimed to be more rigid thanks to a more rigid car structure, stiffer anti-roll bars, upgraded dampers and high-strength adhesives. As a result, the new RX350 crossover is now getting better handling improvements compared to the previous models. Moreover, it’s now equipped with a Lexus Active Cornering Assist and a updated stability control system that is claimed to have improved driving comfort and handling, as well as reducing the understeer mid-corner.
Under its hood, the 2020 Lexus RX350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters capable of cranks out up to 295 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 267 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. It’s claimed to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 7.7 seconds. The new RX350 is still offered in two different configurations which include front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The FWD model is claimed to have EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. While the RX350 supported by all-wheel drive can return 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The powertrain choice also remains the same for the 2020 Lexus RX450h hybrid, which is still equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to two electric motors that can deliver up to 308 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. It’s available with standard eCVT gearbox (Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission) and all-wheel drive setup, like the current model. Lexus has claimed that the RX450h hybrid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds and the top track speed reaches 118 mph. Talking about fuel efficiency, the Lexus RX450h hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined.
Automaker has announced its release date with the 2020 Lexus RX350 and RX450h hybrid scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships this fall. While the price tag should not rise much from the current model, which starts at a base price of $44,845 for the RX350 crossover and jumps to $47,270 for the RX450h hybrid. However, look for official pricing details closer to the release date.