Lexus RX facelift confirmed for autumn

Updates for the Lexus RX and RX L SUVs will arrive later this year, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed

The Lexus RX and the larger RX L will receive a facelift later this year, introducing a raft of improvements to the family SUV.

The exterior of the RX will feature several changes, with new bumpers at the front and a new pattern on the grille, as well as slimmer headlights for a sharper look.

The rear will also take on a sportier look, with subtle tweaks to the car’s edges and curves.

Meanwhile, the biggest change inside is the addition of smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new smartphone holder and USB port should improve integration for drivers, with access to Siri and Google Assistant voice-control features on the move.

There’s a new infotainment touchscreen, too, however the much-maligned Lexus trackpad remains.

Several safety upgrades will be introduced as part of Lexus’s Safety System+ package: a pre-collision system monitors the road ahead, while adaptive cruise control works in conjunction with lane-keeping assistance to help drivers stay in lane.

Road-sign assistance also displays road signs on a head-up display, increasing the likelihood that drivers spot important warnings.

Buyers of the seven-seat RX-L will benefit from a second seating position in the third row of seats, which increases legroom for passengers in the rear.

Lexus has also been working on changes to the ride and handling of the RX, with changes to the suspension and chassis making it more engaging to drive, according to the Japanese firm.

Active cornering assistance is said to improve understeer in corners, while a new design of shock absorbers should make the RX less sensitive to bumps in the road.

The new Lexus RX will go on sale in the autumn, with full specifications and prices set to be confirmed at a later date.