Lexus announces a refresh for the 2020 RX350 and RX450h

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2020 Lexus RX350 and RX450h
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Lexus announces a refresh for the 2020 RX350 and RX450h. This will be the fourth-generation model since making its debut back in 2015. This refresh is bringing several updates, with the changes mostly focused on styling, technology and safety.

The exterior looks relatively the same as the previous model, except for minor changes on the front and rear fascias. The lines are more smooth, and the headlights are thinner. Their is a prominent sharp crease at the bottom of the Lexus RX that goes across the grille, rocker panel and rear bumper. The front bumper has a new mesh pattern. Looking at the interior, the changes are in comfort, with the second row getting captain chairs and the three-row models more adjustable in back.

An important update is the infotainment system with a new touchscreen. The RX finally gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which gives the driver access to everything through voice control. The driver can use Apple Siri or Google Assistant to play music, call or text someone and get directions. The RX also gets a new USB port and phone holder, so everything has a proper home.

For performance, the 2020 RX gets a revised suspension setup and extra chassis stiffness with modified stabilizer bars. The RX uses Active Cornering Assist and a re-tuned stability control system to mitigate understeer mid-corner. New shocks improve the ride smoothness and handling. The crossover has the latest Lexus Safety System +, a safety suite that influxes pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and traffic-sign recognition. The BladeScan Type Adaptive Headlight System or AHS, allows the LEDs to shine onto a spinning mirror to focus the beam ahead without blinding oncoming traffic. However, this great feature is not available in the United States market due to intense lighting regulations. 

Still, there are only two engine options, the Lexus RX350 is equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295-hp, and the RX450h has the 3.5-liter V6 paired with two electric motors making a combined 308-hp. The 2020 Lexus RX models will go on sale in the United States this August. 

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