It’s no secret that Lexus has started working on a three-row version of the RX SUV. The most recent reports reveal that the extended variant of this popular crossover should arrive in late 2017. A seven-passenger version is expected to further increase the RX’s already impressive sales figures. Since most of other midsize crossovers don’t offer third-row models, the upcoming RX will be an appealing choice. Rumor has it that the new three-row SUV is likely to be sold under the Lexus RX 350L nameplate. As for the hybrid version of the 2018 Lexus RX L three-row SUV, expect it to wear the RX 450hL badge.
2018 Lexus RX L Design and Features
In terms of exterior styling, the 2018 Lexus RX L three-row SUV will be almost identical to the regular model. However, adding the third row of seats will certainly prove to be a difficult engineering task. In any case, the latest addition to the RX lineup will retain its handsome look. Expect its front end to sport the trademark gaping “spindle” grille as well as fluid headlights housings. The expanded model will also feature the familiar aggressive stance, floating roof design and a high beltline.
It goes without saying that the cabin space is due to grow substantially compared to the standard RX. However, the bulk of the cockpit design will remain pretty much unchanged. That includes the sleek dashboard and easy-to-use controls. Expect the 2018 Lexus RX L to offer slightly improved materials, including plush leather seating.
2018 Lexus three-row SUV Specs
The new 2018 Lexus three-row SUV will use the same two drivetrains offered with the regular model. The conventional powertrain will come in the form of the 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 295 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid-powered RX 450hL will get the same 3.5-liter V6 combined with a 123-kW electric motor. The system will jointly produce 308 horsepower and deliver 31/28 mpg (city/highway). The towing capacity is expected to reach 3,500 pounds.
Pricing and Competition
Official pricing details for the 2018 Lexus RX L are still unavailable. The current two-row RX begins just under $43,000. As for the extended RX’s competition, expect it to rival the likes of Infiniti QX60, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.