- The Lexus RX luxurious crossover is getting a third-row seat, making it a seven-passenger SUV for the primary time since its creation in 1998.
- RX’s further row shall be to be had at the RX350 and the hybrid-electric RX450hL variant.
- Lexus stretched a normal RX by means of four.three inches to succeed in the additional capability.
LOS ANGELES — Sport-utility cars had been stealing the highlight on the LA Auto Show this 12 months, and Lexus led the best way with the debut of extra-large variations of its best-selling RX crossover.
The luxurious automaker, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, introduced the RX350L and RX450hL, that includes for the primary time a 3rd row of seats. It’s some of the vital adjustments to the platform because it debuted in 1998.
The up-sized RX will accommodate six to seven passengers, relying at the configuration. On first look, the added dimension and heft isn’t very noticeable. Lexus known as it “the mastery of vehicle packaging” in a press liberate, however the corporate mainly stretched a normal RX by means of four.three inches within the again. The longer variations actually have a steeper tailgate and window attitude, in line with Lexus, which is helping toughen headroom for third-row passengers.
The new addition may just assist Lexus take hold of a prevailing phase of the posh crossover marketplace. Car patrons in the United States have made dramatic strikes towards SUVs and crossover cars starting a couple of years in the past. In 2016, SUVs accounted for 63% of car gross sales in the United States, in line with Autodata numbers launched in January. Demand for massive SUVs with three-row seating have additionally proven its endurance.
The RX’s further row comes usual as a power-folding seat on each the RX350L and the hybrid-electric RX450hL fashions. They get started at $47,670 and $49,070 respectively, preserving them in the similar magnificence of luxurious three-row crossovers as the Acura MDX and the Volvo XC90.