Families will now be able to enjoy more space with their luxury utility vehicle of choice, thanks to the new three-row Lexus RX “L” models. The 2018 RX350L and RX450hL hybrid models retain their stylish figures, but now offer the choice of six-passenger or seven-passenger capability, depending on the market.
With the new RX L models, Lexus drivers have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy manoeuverability that they have long valued. With help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length 110mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models, thereby ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers and greater cargo room behind the third row than competitors offer.
The standard seven-seat version uses a 60/40 split bench-type seat. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides the second seat forward. The available six-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that make third-row ingress/egress easier with “walk-in” convenience. With a longer cargo floor area behind its third row than competitors offer, the RX L exceeds their cargo capacity.
Lexus designed the third row of the RX L models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. The positioning of the second row is slightly higher than the third row, creating more footwell room for rear passengers.
Standard leather upholstery is standard for all three rows in a range of colors. A tri-zone climate control system gives third-row passengers separate rear air-conditioning and dedicated vents, and for convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate with hands-free operation are both standard on the RX L models (placing a hand near the Lexus emblem opens or closes the tailgate.)
Details that enhance three-row versatility in the RX L models include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, a pair of third-row cupholders, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. The full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows.
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