Lexus has increased the versatility and appeal of the RX luxury crossover with the world debut of the new seven-seat RX L model at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The RX originated the premium SUV market 20 years and has been a consistently strong global performer for Lexus, including reigning supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle in the USA.
The new RX L gives customers the option of a third row of seats, without compromising the vehicle’s sleek styling and easy manoeuvrability. The extra capacity has been neatly accommodated through intelligent packaging: the body’s overall length has been extended by 110mm and a steeper tailgate window has been adopted to ensure there is good headroom for people using the seats in the third row, and useful rear load space.
The extra seating comprises a 60/40 split-folding bench, designed to offer just as much comfort and luxury as the middle row seats. Access is made easy thanks to a pull lever that slides the second row seats forward, and the design gives the RX L a longer flat cargo floor area than its competitors. The second row seats are set slightly higher than those behind, creating more foot room for the rearmost passengers.
Features in the North American market model revealed in Los Angeles include a tri-zone climate control system with separate settings and vents for the third row of seats, plus a power-folding seat system and a smart power tailgate. Back row passengers are also provided with cupholders and there is a neatly stowable tonneau cover that operates on covered slide rails.
The RX L is fitted with full length curtain airbags that provide protection for outer seat occupants in all three rows of seats.
The new Lexus RX L will be introduced from spring 2018, with UK customer deliveries starting in May. Specifications and prices will be announced nearer the launch date.