First presented to the world over two decades ago, the Lexus RX has gone on to become the Japanese marque’s highest-selling model to date. In the GCC market, the mid-size luxury crossover SUV is sold in five and seven-seater options, and remains one of the best picks within its segment. The newly announced 2020 Lexus RX sharpens the look, improves the interior especially the infotainment system, and adds a host of new connectivity features.

Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing said, “The new 2020 Lexus RX improves our best-selling vehicle with a focus on the future of the brand – one of sophisticated, yet bold, design. We heard very positive feedback from our customers about their experience in the RX, and we worked to improve upon the success with key areas of focus.” One key area of improvement was the infotainment system.

“The new 2020 Lexus RX improves our best-selling vehicle with a focus on the future of the brand – one of sophisticated, yet bold, design. We heard very positive feedback from our guests about their experience in the RX, and we worked to improve upon the success with key areas of focus," Lisa Materazzo, Vice President of Marketing at Lexus.

2020 Lexus RX350

The facelifted RX will get a slightly revamped front and rear bumpers, different style of 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels

Revised Infotainment System

While Lexus’s Enform Multimedia System sported a large 12.3-inch display, interacting with it was often a frustrating experience. Since its introduction in the RX nearly a decade ago, the multimedia head unit did not support a touchscreen. Instead, users had to rely on an inverted mouse-like interface, which was tricky to use in the best of times. This interface led to feedback from customers as being cumbersome and complicated – especially a point of concern while driving.

The facelift will sport the 8.0-inch and 12.3-inch infotainment displays, will now be touch-screens. While the 8.0-inch display will be found on entry-level trims, the larger 12.3-inch unit will be featured on the top-tier variants of the new RX. Lexus will continue to offer the recently-developed touchpad interface, which will allow users more flexibility in interacting with the updated system.

Lexus RX

Lexus stated that the 2020 RX will be officially launched in the US at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, GCC markets would have to wait a little longer for the facelifted RX to hit showrooms.

Another welcome update is the support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The omission of these on previous versions of the RV proved a dealbreaker with customers who have come to expect a high level of connectivity in modern luxury vehicles. While Lexus began rolling out Apple CarPlay compatibility on a few of their 2018 models – including the RX – the outgoing model offered no support for Android Auto.

A Sharper, More Modern Look

The facelift comes with sharpened elements in the front and rear, a new style of 18-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels, new headlights and taillights,  and two new color options. Mechanically, the most significant changes will include lower cabin NVH, reduced body roll, lower kerb weight, improved steering response, and better dampers among others.

Considering the strategic importance of the RX, the facelift couldn’t have come at a better time. Lexus hopes the new RX will propel the brand back to the forefront of buyers’ minds the segment. The 2020 RX will officially be launched in the US at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, GCC markets will have to wait a little longer for the RX to hit showrooms.