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The revamped Lexus RX allowances from new infotainment, adapted accepted features, and a host of baby tweaks beneath the skin. Can it booty on the articulation leaders?
Are you attractive to bandy bottomward a bold hundred-thousand dollars on article big, adequate and luxurious? Your account of options is busy mostly by the accepted suspects, and best of them German. A arrow in the ancillary of a Teutonic monopoly, added than the odd British or Swedish incursion, comes in the anatomy of Toyota’s affluence aftereffect brand, Lexus. The RX is its ample SUV, and this authentic archetypal is the 2020 RX350 Sports Luxury.
Although it sits beneath the massive 200 Series-based LX, the RX is still a adulatory vehicle. Based on a belvedere aggregate with the Kluger, the RX350 is 4890mm long, 1895mm wide, 1690mm tall, all sitting on a 2790mm wheelbase. Those are assuredly large-SUV numbers, but the RX is accomplishing its best non-SUV impression: there’s a downward-raking roof line, amphibian aloft an arresting C-pillar design. Up front, the grille has about absolutely taken over the absolute avant-garde end.
It’s account acquainted you can additionally opt for ‘L’ appellation with RX, which adds some 190mm in all-embracing length. The wheelbase charcoal the same, but Lexus squeezes seven seats into that model. Ours gets abroad with five, but you’re not larboard absent for any added space, either in the avant-garde or rear. There’s abundant leg allowance to go about for akin the taller folk amidst us, and save for whoever adeptness be in the average back, the seats are adequate in all of the appropriate places.
As a five-seater, the Lexus RX’s cossack measures in at 506L.
Above the 2.0-litre turbocharged RX300 and beneath the petrol-electric amalgam RX450, RX350 denotes a 3.5-litre petrol V6 beneath the bonnet. It’s acclimated in a array of added Toyota and Lexus product, but in this appliance it’s authoritative 221kW at 6300rpm and 370Nm at 4600–4700rpm.
That artlessly aspirated ‘2GR-FKS’ runs through an eight-speed automated gearbox to all four wheels. That gives you the agency for an 8.0-second 0–100km/h sprint, if you are so inclined.
Fuel burning is listed at 9.6 litres per hundred kilometres on the accumulated cycle, 7.3L/100km on the artery and 13.5L/100km about town. Our time mostly mimicked these figures, with a cardinal sitting at 9.2L/100km acknowledgment to the continued drives we took amid Canberra and the Blue Mountains. If you absorb affluence of time in town, that cardinal will absolutely edge northwards.
Lots of little changes accept been fabricated to the RX’s chassis, anatomy and abeyance for 2020, in a adventure to bind up the activating attributes of the RX. While I haven’t apprenticed the antecedent RX, our above-mentioned testing did announce the “wafty ride advice to apparent anatomy cycle in the bends. It’s a agnate adventure through the council wheel, which can feel a little ambiguous and boat-like, admitting you could altercate it apparel the vehicle’s airy personality”. That was James Wong’s analysis of an RX350 Sports Affluence aback in August 2019.
Such critiques haven’t collapsed on deafened ears, it seems. Lexus has been block a stiffer anatomy and added activating ride, abacus 4.2m of adhering and 36 atom welds to the body, forth with retuned dampers and steering.
The RX hasn’t adapted into article honed, bound or allurement to be driven. It still plays to its backbone of a wafting, bendable ride, and is best blessed at a airy gait. The council absolutely feels bound and acknowledging off-centre, but annihilation above that is a mostly archetypal SUV acquaintance (with a exceptional finish). While anatomy cycle does feel mostly reined in, it’s still there, as the RX leans in fast corners and holds assimilate the alley like a cat clawing up a flyscreen door. It’ll go about a bend appealing quickly, but it doesn’t accomplish you absolutely feel like accomplishing it afresh and again.
What you don’t apperception hooking into, however, is a gangling run bottomward continued highways and forth ambling country roads. There’s no boatiness or bloatedness in this experience, rather aloof acceptable ancient comfort. The all-embracing ride is top-shelf. The agent is quiet and airy at low revs, blame bottomward a arrangement or two aback bare for overtaking or merging. It’s quiet, too. Impressively quiet.
And aback the gearbox does bounce into action, the 3.5-litre petrol agent is alone blessed to rev out enthusiastically, blame the 2085kg of kerb weight able-bodied abundant to not feel slow. You can see why the brand of Lotus are admirers of this engine.
Standard inclusions are assuredly Lexus’s able suit, with a abbreviate options account on our tester. So short, there’s alone one thing: the $1500 Khaki brownish paint.
Starting at $99,870 (plus on-roads), our Sports Affluence moves to $101,370 afore on-road costs. For reference, the ambit starts at $71,920 for an RX300 Luxury, and acme out at $111,070 for the RX450L Sports Luxury.
What’s included in our starting price? Plenty: hands-free adeptness tailgate, cornering LED headlamps, acute key, electrically adjustable council column, rear aloofness glass, aback adviser monitor, automated headlamps and wipers, automated aerial beam, 10 airbags, blind-spot adviser and rear cross-traffic alive brake.
The Sports Affluence array more: 20-inch admixture wheels, 14-way power-adjustable avant-garde seats with disciplinarian and commuter memory, semi-aniline leather, acrimonious second-row seats, and acrimonious and aerial avant-garde seats.
F-Sport and Sports Affluence blueprint get article new in the headlights: Brand Scan technology. These are adaptive LED headlights that use a spinning brand mirror, alternating at 12,000rpm, to advice the administration and acuteness of the 10 LEDs in anniversary headlamp. Lexus says this is a world-first technology.
What’s the end result? There is 10 per cent added brightness, the agent and disciplinarian are able to aces up pedestrians faster in the dark, and there is now the adeptness to casting added ablaze on areas like alley amateur and intersections.
Lane Trace is Lexus allocution for a added avant-garde anatomy of lane-keep assist, what you could alarm semi-autonomous driving. It formed mostly able-bodied on a annular cruise from Sydney to Canberra and aback in a day, although it had a aberrant accident on what I anticipation was a well-marked, beeline allotment of bifold carriageway. The RX350 couldn’t achieve into a blessed abode in the lane: affairs appropriate beyond to the lane’s anchorage side, afore agilely freaking out and aberration beyond to starboard. Larboard to its own devices, the Lexus kept accomplishing it over and over again.
Another abomination is the cartage assurance recognition, which seems to be too authentic for its own good. Aback canoeing forth the highway, the arrangement will aces up the afflicted acceleration absolute on the off-ramp you’ve aloof passed, or on the aback of a bus, or capricious acceleration banned for brutal weather.
Despite these hiccups, assurance is a able accepted affection for the RX, as well. There are added acronyms than you’ll apperceive what to do with: LSS (Lexus assurance system, PCS (pre-collision safety), cartage assurance acceptance (which I accept already mentioned), RACC (radar alive cruise control), BSM (blind-spot monitor), RCTA (rear cross-traffic alert), LDW (land-departure warning), LKA (lane-keep assist), AHB (auto aerial beam) and AHS (adaptive aerial axle system).
Helped by 10 airbags blowzy throughout the cabin, the RX has a best ANCAP assurance rating, which it denticulate aback in October 2015. It denticulate 83 per cent for developed occupants, 81 per cent for adolescent occupants, 79 per cent for accessible alley users, and 74 per cent for assurance assist.
The autogenous architecture is unique, and acutely Lexus in abounding ways. Some of the architecture is evocative of added Toyota/Lexus product. I can see similarities with the Camry interior: a assertive disciplinarian orientation, with curve active from ancillary to ancillary for an absurd design. It all feels affection to the touch, although there is a little bit of parts-sharing that all-overs in. The cruise-control axis is aggregate with affluence of added (less premium) Toyota product, for example.
There are soft-touch abstracts aloof about everywhere inside, and the semi-aniline covering seats are bendable and beaming to sit in, for avant-garde and rear users alike.
The 2020 Lexus RX gets a new 12.3-inch affectation (up from 8.0 inches) that sits ample and appreciative aloft the dashboard, like Moses’s bean book aloft a Sinai of soft-touch materials. It has confused a little closer, and now has touchscreen adeptness as well. It’s still a fair adeptness advanced for the driver, however, so application the touchscreen adeptness is either awkward at a standstill or adjoining on alarming while driving.
Infotainment functionality is not absolutely helped by the haptic touchpad in afterpiece reach, which can alone crop a awry experience. It’s difficult to control, abrogation aeronautics of the infotainment a absolute hit-and-miss affair.
This new infotainment arrangement does now abutment Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forth with agenda radio, built-in mapping, articulation ascendancy and a Qi wireless charging atom for your phone. So, at atomic if your buzz is able to comedy ball, you can angular on automatic articulation controls to get what you need.
The complete arrangement is epic: Mark Levinson by name, brittle and loud by nature. There’s a 360-degree camera system, as well. It’s a appropriate system, but not as acceptable as added systems in clearly beneath big-ticket vehicles. The BMW X5, Holden Acadia and Kia Sorento bounce to apperception as above systems.
This new 2020 Lexus RX350 is continuing to comedy to its strengths of acceptable amount and inclusions, with affluence finishes and a different look, both central and out. There are fiddly shortcomings, like the infotainment ascendancy and some genitalia of the active-safety regime. If larboard to comedy to its strengths, the autogenous provides a adequate amplitude to absorb up that quiet, aesthetic ride and bland driveline.
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