Lexus’ best-selling SUV gets a third row of seating. This is the 2018 Lexus RX L.Dec 8th, 2017
The Lexus RX has been one of the brand’s most applauded vehicles since its inception–it’s comfortable, easy to drive in any situation, reliable and packs some of the most advanced technologies on the market. However, if you needed a vehicle that could seat more than five people, the RX couldn’t accommodate you. Until now.
At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lexus unveiled an update to its RX: from now on, you can opt for the Lexus RX L, which comes with a third row of seats at the back. To accommodate this third row, the SUV’s body has been extended by 11cm. The rear hatch is also steeper, giving the passengers more headroom.
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But that’s not all that this upgrade adds. Every three-row RX will come with all-wheel drive and a hands-free powered tailgate as standard. Seating surfaces will be covered in leather—yes, all seven of them—and passengers will be able to fine-tune the temperature of their places with the tri-zone Climate Control. For those who want even more comfort, a six-passenger setup is also available, replacing the second-row bench with a pair of captain’s chairs. Finally, for more convenience, the third-row seats can fold on themselves thanks to electric motors—and even with the third row up, you’ll be happy to know that the RX L offers class-leading storage space for your cargo.
For 2018, two versions of the three-row RX will be available: the RX 350L and the RX 450hL. The former uses Lexus’ most popular power plant, the renowned 3.5-litre V6 engine. Developing 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, this engine offers its full power using only regular gasoline. An eight-speed gearbox comes standard, as does the aforementioned all-wheel drive system.
For those looking to inject some eco-friendliness into your daily commute there’s the new RX 450hL. Using Toyota/Lexus proven hybrid technologies, this new three-row SUV incorporates a pair of electric motors to the mix, this in addition to the 3.5-litre V6. Instead of having to rely on a complex mechanical all-wheel drive system, this version makes use of electricity to power the rear wheels, resulting in less weight to lug around and an even faster reaction time. Furthermore, the RX 450hL can run in all-electric EV mode for low speeds maneuvering around town or in parking lots. For more comfort, GPS navigation and a heated steering wheel are included with this version.
With this important addition to the RX’s already impressive list of features, it becomes easier than ever to choose which brand to trust for your family’s safety on the road. The 2018 RX L will be arriving in early 2018. Contact us today for more information.