Two of the most popular models in the Lexus line-up will receive some modest upgrades in standard equipment for the 2021 model year.
Both the RX 350 and RX 450h will add Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard across all vehicle grades, according to Lexus officials.
The suite of standard advanced safety features in the 2021 Lexus RX includes Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. This features daytime bicyclist detection and low-light pedestrian detection along with Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist to further expand the scenarios in which the RXL is designed to provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.
Daytime bicyclist detection is part of an enhanced Pre-Collision System. Previously designed to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian, the Pre-Collision System has the potential to detect a preceding bicyclist as well. The PCS has also been enhanced to help detect a preceding pedestrian in certain low-light situations by increasing the camera’s sensitivity and dynamic range.
Road Sign Assist displays select road sign information in the instrument panel while the Lane Tracing Assist system is designed to detect lane markings to determine lane position and place the vehicle in the center of the lane when working in conjunction with the All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. If road markings are not detected, LTA is also capable, in certain conditions, of following the car ahead of it.
With Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, drivers can change lanes with confidence. The standard Blind Spot Monitor is designed to detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes. For added peace of mind, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert can help when backing out of a parking space. It notifies the driver of vehicles approaching from either side.
Other changes in the equipment packaging for the upcoming model year include the standardization of power folding auto dim mirrors as they back up in the parking lot and navigate lane changes. With the addition of an optional wireless charger, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 and 450h continue to provide enhancements based on dealer and guest feedback.
The RX 350 and 450 h received several changes in 2020 to enhance the driving dynamics across the lineup that are being carried over for 2021. Both the front and rear stabilizer bars are now hollow to reduce weight, yet their thicker diameters and reinforced bushings help reduce body roll and improve steering response.
The shock absorbers were re-tuned to work with the stiffer roll bars, while upgraded dampers feature a friction control device that helps to control high-frequency vibrations for a smoother ride.
The RX 450h continues to serve as a powerful reminder of the brand’s hybrid leadership, with 308 combined system horsepower for powerful performance and impressive EPA-estimated 30 combined mpg for RX 450h.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S fuel injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators for strong acceleration and passing performance. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the all-weather drive system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels, when needed, to help maintain optimal traction.