Lexus updates IS saloon and RX SUV for 2020

Lexus adds new trim levels and special editions to the IS and RX hybrid model ranges

  • Lexus creates a special-edition IS based on the F Sport trim
  • RX SUV offered with new entry-level version
  • Larger RX L can be had with two luxurious seats instead of a three-seat rear bench

The Lexus IS and RX model ranges are being updated for 2020. The Japanese firm has confirmed the RX SUV range will gain a new base-model trim level, with the IS saloon getting a limited-edition model based on the F Sport edition.

A rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, the limited edition Lexus IS will be called ‘I Blue.’ Based on the F Sport trim level, this edition celebrates a colour that has cultural and historical significance in Japan. It gets new 18-inch alloy wheels, gloss black exterior detailing and the choice of three paint shades.

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Inside, the ‘I Blue’ includes Lexus’ upgraded navigation system, power-adjustable ventilated front seats and auto-folding, auto-dimming wing mirrors. Just like the F Sport, a range of features including aluminium pedals, sports seats and lowered suspension give a more athletic feel to the IS. Optional extras include a Premium Pack with LED headlights, auto high beam, a reversing camera, heated steering wheel and keyless entry and go.

Through the rest of the IS line-up, a new Manganese Lustre paint option is available, as is a Sport Pack with two-colour upholstery and black metal trim finishers.

The Lexus RX is the biggest and priciest SUV the company sells in the UK, but for 2020 there’s a new entry-level specification. There’s nothing base-spec about the equipment offered, as it features a powered tailgate, electrically adjustable heated front seats, wireless phone charging and auto high beam. The 12.3-inch touchscreen includes sat nav and connected services, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

If you order the seven-seat RX L in top-spec Takumi trim, you now have the option to replace the middle row of three seats with two luxurious captain’s chairs - making the RX L a six-seater.

The RX and RX L can both have a Tech and Safety Pack fitted, which adds driver assistance features like a head-up display, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

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