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We test the Lexus RX 450h: the SUV hybrid is now a car more refined, precise and silent

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The Lexus RX 450h is renewed now that the japanese brand age 30. What makes Polish more if it fits your attributes of comfort, smoothness and silence of running, while getting some touch-ups on an aesthetic level, on the inside and in terms of their technological endowment. We have conducted and we will tell you what offers.

A lot has changed, the Lexus RX since the first generation went on sale in 1998, creating according to the japanese brand’s first SUV hybrid Premium of the story.

Although in some aspects the leap has been a giant, what is certain is that the RX is still faithful to its principles, offering a product with a personality very marked and a positioning very concrete.

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Those attributes have allowed him to become the best-selling model in the history of Lexus and is currently in our market occupies the second place of sales within the brand, which hopes to achieve this year for the first time, the 10,000 units sold.

Aesthetic touches

You have to have the precision to detail of the master Takumi to appreciate the evolution that has suffered this Lexus RX 2020 compared to the previous model, with the denomination 2018.

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Are small tweaks to the exterior, materialized in new front and rear bumpers, a front grille with a new frame and lenses front more thin and sharp.

There are four trim levels: business, executive, F-Sport and luxury

In the back to the light of day is almost impossible to appreciate differences respect to the previous model, since the major changes to come for the optics with new lines LED in the form of L.

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It also slightly changes the design of the lower part of the bumper. In the final, finishing touches to your car to see something more current without the need to call attention to changes very radical.

More space for the third row in the RX L

As of now, the Lexus RX 2020 is available in two versions, the normal one with five seats and the RX L with a third row and seven seats.

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One of the main innovations to be found precisely in that back row, which now has two positions allowing you to move the sidewalk up to 95 millimeters forward or back to improve the space for the occupants or to win litres of luggage space.

Other than that, the new RX features a new touch screen in the center of the dashboard, whose commands can also be selected from a new hob touch-located between the two seats. Away with the old “mouse” which is so characteristic of this model.

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At a technological level, are the novelty is also the plate load for induction for mobile phones, or connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are so lacking today, especially if we take into account that the browser’s Lexus is still very poor in terms of graphics, mapping or precision in the indications, as we were able to verify ourselves.

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Otherwise, the interior of the Lexus RX remains an example of refinement in the forms, materials and settings, forming a car that is very nice for the occupants of the seats, front or rear.

Some innovative lights that are rotating very fast

To present this newly refurbished Lexus RX, the japanese brand took us to the island of Ibiza, a site that is “a priori” is not conducive to test a large SUV like this, because even now that ends the season of summer, its roads are still pretty full of cars.

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We thought then that maybe they had chosen the island for its magical night life and be able to show us as well how it works another of the technological innovations of the Lexus RX, first in the world for only this model has it.

The Lexus RX is the second best-selling model in the Lexus, a key piece in the growth strategy of the brand

I refer to the AHS technology BladeScan, which basically consists of some LED lights that reflect on some rotary blades. These, they move so fast projecting a light beam toward the track, which the human eye sees it as a beam of light is continuous and fixed.

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By putting a simile, it is as if a beacon marine LED lights spinning so fast that form to the naked eye a beam of light is continuous. According to the japanese brand, in this way illuminate the best areas that can be difficult to do with a few lights long conventional, as the shoulders of the road.

It also helps the driver to see pedestrians, and traffic signals more quickly and, combined with the AHS (Adaptive High-beam System), it also avoids other vehicles moving in our same sense or in the contrary to avoid deslumbrarles.

Up all is smoothness and refinement

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Already in place in a first contact with the Lexus RX, the most notable changes with respect to the previous generations of this model, is not found neither in the engine nor in the gearbox, which remain the same.

The RX450h equipped with a engine 3.5 V6 which is supported in the other power to generate a total of 313 horsepower. The hybrid system, always and when circules to speeds and rhythms calm, allows to make many miles without activate the thermal engine.

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So we were able to check for the balearic island, where the pace of traffic obliged to move quite slowly in most of the occasions, so that it is possible to do rides of about 60 miles, with an average speed of 54km/h using the electric mode for a 40% of the time.

Maybe that is why it is able to declare consumption WLTP very tight, with 7.6 l/100 km and thus, earn the label ECO of the DGT, which enables you to enter in areas such as Madrid Central or circular in times of traffic restrictions.

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But apart from all this, dynamically what changes compared to its predecessor is the response to the movements of direction and precision in curves, since the joint is more agile and precise than before.

Part of that precision comes with new shocks which cause the car to turn very flat, with hardly any rocking that penalize the dynamics.

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Bars stabilizer have also changed very slightly. Now they are hollow inside and have a millimeter more in diameter than before, enough to give more rigidity to the assembly.

In Spain, they have sold 11,000 units of Lexus RX and this year the brand hopes to reach 10,000 units sold of its entire range

In addition, in the assembly of the structure is now used 4.5 metres of adhesive of high strength more than ever before, which also contributes to improve the stiffness.

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In short, what we can assure is that the car pisa best and transmitted to the driver more confidence, without losing an iota of ride comfort, its main attribute.

Also feels softer due to the significant reduction of the vibrations that reach the cabin, since they come from the set of engine and gearbox, or on the road.

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All of this is a also a solution that we knew about in other cars but not on a Lexus RX. Now the SUV has the Active Cornering Assistant, who is responsible to exercise some brake on the inside wheel during cornering, thereby improving your dynamism.

The price of the Lexus RX 2020

The new Lexus RX for 2020 are already available in dealerships of the brand, and these are the prices:

  • Lexus RX450h: 74.900 euros.
  • Lexus RX450h L: 78,000 euros.

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