It’s been nearly five years since Lexus Manila Inc. (LMI) introduced the all-new RX. Serving as the brand’s midsize premium crossover, the fourth-generation RX gets a complete makeover, a bolder design, as well as a plethora of new technologies.
Now, LMI has launched the refreshed 2020 RX in the Philippines. It now features a subtle redesign inside and out, and is now available in a three-row variant called the RX 350 L.
First revealed in May 2019, the updated RX gets a sleeker set of front and rear bumpers. The foglights are new as well and have been replaced near the lower section of the front bumper. Other subtle changes present on the RX include thinner LED headlights, and a bolder spindle grill. Changes at the back are subtle as well and only include a revised set of taillights.
Size-wise, the RX 350 (and 450h) measures 4890mm long, 1895mm wide, 1685mm tall. Go for the 350 L and it measures 5000mm long and 1700mm tall. Width remains the same as the standard RX, however.
As for the interior, the RX relatively looks the same as its predecessor. From the dual-zone automatic climate control system, power-adjustable seats, and the semi-digital instrument panel, the 2020 RX looks sophisticated, chic, and comfortable. Perhaps the biggest change made inside the 2020 RX is a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Available only for the F Sport and hybrid, it supports Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto. Lesser models, on the other hand, come with a smaller 8-inch display audio.
Other features such as leather upholstery, Mark Levinson 15-speaker surround sound system, navigation, as well as memory seat function are also available on the 2020 RX. As for the the 50:50 split third-row seats, they can be deployed / stowed away electronically with a press of a button.
Like its predecessor, the refreshed RX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. The naturally-aspirated version puts out 296 PS at 6300 rpm along with 370 Nm of torque at 4600 - 4700 rpm. Meanwhile, the hybrid variant is mated to an electric motor which delivers a total system output of 308 PS and 335 Nm of torque.
While it still uses the familiar V6, Lexus was actually busy updating its suspension. It now has thicker (but hollow) front and rear stabilizers, tweaked dampers and shocks, and stiffer anti-roll bars. F Sport variants, meanwhile, get an updated Variable Suspension system which is now more responsive according to Lexus.
Pricing of the 2020 Lexus RX are as follows:
RX 350 - Php 4,278,000
RX 350 L - Php 4,758,000
RX 350 F Sport - 4,838,000
RX 450h - Php 5,078,000