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The 2020 Lexus RX is the flagship model for Toyota’s premium division. It is not the biggest, but the mid-size model is the most versatile vehicle in its class. Petrol and hybrid engines, regular and sport tuning, standard and extended cabin. And yes, five and seven-seat configuration. These are all options coming with the new RX. Well, you can’t combine all the elements. For a seven-seater, you will need the L model. So basically, we can say there are three packages (standard, F Sport, and extended L) available for both kinds of drivetrains (petrol and hybrid).
For the next season, the 2020 Lexus RX will update the interior, safety, and the front fascia. It looks like the SUV is going to be the best-selling three-row luxury model this year. So far, its sales are two times better than the first follower. It will give some time to designers to figure out the next steps for the 7-seat SUV.
Facelifted 2020 Lexus RX Spotted
Test mules of the 2020 Lexus RX are already cruising around. We saw a few interesting details that show the company’s intentions to refresh the SUV. The big redesign is not ready yet, and it will definitely launch the new generation. But, first of all, let’s make this straight. All RX models are built on the same platform. Details will unveil which one carries petrol and which hides hybrid under the hood. The F Sport model comes with more significant upgrades and a unique grille. On the other hand, the 7-seater SUV is longer than others, but its front fascia is the same as for the standard model.
On spy photos, we can see the new front fascia. Although covered, spindle grille is not kept away. However, the facelift will make it smaller. Also, the 2020 Lexus RX 350 will come with narrower headlights and slightly larger bumper. Sides and the rear end seem to be the same. Lexus didn’t test the seven-seat L version, but it could gain some extra space in the back.
Interior, Dimensions, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The latest generation of the RX is bringing two types of bodies. The standard length is 192,5 inches, while the extended L model adds 4.5 inches and another row of seats. Well, the wheelbase is the same for both of them (110 in). Converted to cargo volume, that is 2 cubic feet more than for the standard SUV (56 to 58 cubic feet behind the first row).
Spy photographers managed to peek inside and bring some clues about the upcoming vehicle. The seven-seater SUV wasn’t on photos. But, the RX will definitely get some of the latest technology available on the market. Toyota is finally using both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Lexus’ flagship model will offer both services. That is not all. A 12.3-inch touchscreen display was in the test car. However, we believe an eight-inch is going to be standard. Voice controls and safety are getting updates for the next season.
2020 Lexus RX Lineup – RX 350, RX 450h, F Sport, and L Model
The new 2020 Lexus RX squad starts with the RX350 version, as before. The lineup is the same, which means this one is going to carry a 3.5-liter petrol engine. The base SUV delivers 295 hp, while the seven-seat version cuts 5 ponies from the total value. Lexus RX F Sport will make some further upgrades to the driving system. As its name suggests, the drive will be much sportier.
The hybrid system is using the same drivetrain as the base. However, the electric motor will push the total output to 310 hp (both for standard and L). The 2020 Lexus RX450h will return 30 mpg combined, while the gas mileage drops to 29 mpg for the RX450hL. Hybrid drivetrain sends power to all wheels. It is optional drive mode for the base setup, which gets the energy to front wheels.
When Does 2020 Lexus RX Come Out?
Spy photos are not showing only changes on the seven-seat SUV. It also points out that we could expect it soon. The test mule looks like a production-ready vehicle, so the new model could debut in the next couple of months. However, only the company knows when will the 2020 Lexus RX be released.
The 2020 Lexus RX350 is the entry-level SUV with the price tag of around $45,000. AWD is $1,500 more, Hybrid with AWD adds $2,500, and the F Sport package will cost you additional $5,500. If you want a seven-seat SUV, you have to pay $49,000-$52,000 depending on the powertrain and drive choice.
RX vs Competition
During next season few other companies will try to catch up with the 2020 Lexus RX. The sales of the mid-size luxury SUV are jumping. Cadillac XT6 is a relatively new unit, and we must give it some time. But, its start is promising. Audi Q7 is another cool SUV, but it costs slightly higher. BMW X5 with three rows will cost you $64,000. Volvo XC90 is offering the seven-seat model as standard.