The seven-seat RX “L” models, available with V6 petrol or hybrid powertrains, were unveiled overnight at the Los Angeles auto show and are due from January next year. Developed to meet frequent requests from customers and dealers, the 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL retain the model’s sleek features while incorporating a power-fold third-row seat and three-zone climate control.
Lexus has extended the body length 110 mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle to ensure good headroom for the additional passengers and class-leading luggage-space length behind the third row.
The 60/40 split-fold third row can accommodate both child seats and adults and is designed to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. It is positioned slightly lower than the second row, creating more foot room for rear passengers.
Third-row passengers have the comfort and convenience of separate rear air-conditioning and dedicated vents and a pair of cupholders. Specification, model line-up and pricing for the SA market RX “L” will be announced in 2018.