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Lexus RX gets big tech upgrades, minor design tweaks for 2020

by Ronan Glon

Lexus has caved to buyer demand on two occasions.

The Lexus RX will enter the 2020 model year with a nip-and-tucked design and additional tech features, including two that owners have spent years clamoring for. The updates apply to the standard five-seater model, and to the long-wheelbase, seven-seater RXL.

The big news for the 2020 model year is found inside. Lexus has finally caved to buyer demand and decided to offer the RX with a touchscreen for the infotainment system. The standard unit is an 8.0-inch screen, while shoppers can upgrade to a 12.3-inch screen at an extra cost. While both are touch-sensitive, those who prefer not to poke a screen can navigate the infotainment system using a touchpad located on the center console, behind the gear selector.

For years, Lexus and parent company Toyota resisted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto due to security concerns. Again, the automakers have caved to demand. Both connectivity features are available on the 2020 RX.

With the technology box ticked, Lexus turned its attention to the chassis. It made the front and rear stabilizer bars hollow to reduce weight, and made them wider to help keep body lean in check. The Japanese firm promises the RX is consequently quieter and smoother, even over rough surfaces. Finally, additional spot welds and more adhesive makes the RX more rigid than before.

There are other minor upgrades to report. The pre-collision system now detects bicyclists, and if you look closely you'll notice minor design changes on both ends as well as new-for-2020 18-inch alloy wheels. There are no major mechanical changes; a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 comes standard, and buyers can select a 308-horsepower hybrid powertrain at an extra cost.

The 2020 Lexus RX will go on sale in the coming months. Pricing will be announced in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

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