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” model.
The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular hybrid luxury utility vehicle since. The 2018 RX 450h L model retains its stylish figure, but now offer the choice of seven passenger capability.
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With the new RX L model, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability that they have long valued. With help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length by 110mm (4.3 inches) at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row model – ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers and enhanced cargo versatility behind the third row.
The seven-seat version uses a 60/40 split bench-type seat. Access to the third row is made easy with the pull of a lever that slides the second row seat forward.
With a longer cargo floor area behind its third row than competitors offer, the RX L offers greater cargo versatility.
When you need the extra two seats in the rearmost third row – for a family trip or a night out with friends – it is simply a matter of pressing a button to raise them quickly and smoothly into place. To make life easier, there are two controls, handily located on the second row of seats and in the boot.
It’s the same effortless process when you want the seats stowed flat into the rear floor, increasing the length of the loadspace to 1,067 mm. There is a tonneau cover to keep items hidden from view; when not needed, it can be stowed neatly into a dedicated space beneath the boot floor.
Every detail has been taken care of. For example, the folding second row seats have no exposed parts, so there’s no risk of snagging or tripping when getting in and out. Access to the third row is simple, with one-touch knobs to tilt and slide the second row seats forward and a footstep on the floor to guide you in.
When the back row seats are stowed, the middle row seats have a sliding range of 150 mm – greater than in any other current seven-seat premium SUV, so you can stretch out in comfort.
As a vehicle that’s been purpose-designed as a seven-seater, the RX 450hL provides consistent luxury, comfort and convenience throughout. A tri-zone air conditioning system lets passengers in the back row adjust heating and ventilation independently, using controls located to the side of the third row seats. They can also be operated by the driver via the central multimedia screen.
A multifunction armrest console in the third row also provides two cup holders, and two USB ports – ideal for kids to connect their gaming devices when making long journeys.
Luxury buyers seeking a family seven-seat vehicle will find the ideal travel mate in the 2018 Lexus RX 450h L. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing 313 combined system horsepower for strong acceleration and passing performance.
The AWD system is unique to the hybrid model. An independent rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction.
In the RX 450h L, the Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth mode, EV, that enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances. It’s an excellent way to navigate a large parking lot or garage, or to run a local errand.
All onboard the 7-passenger 2018 Lexus RX L model will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the two-row model offers. Front strut and rear double-wishbone suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback. Available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) adjusts the damping force according to road surface conditions.
The RX cabin is designed with impeccable details, including form-fitting seats, and the available richly finished wood trim that curves gently up from the centre console toward the glove box.
An available full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) incorporated into the design of the instrument panel can project key information on the windshield to help the driver focus on the road.
From powerful audio to cutting-edge displays, the multimedia choices available for the 2018 Lexus RX L model cover all needs. The standard Display Audio system includes an eight-inch screen, AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth® audio, voice recognition microphone, micro SD card slot, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers. The driver will find frequently used switches placed close at hand for convenience. Middle-row USB ports enable passengers to use and charge their own multimedia devices.
Also available, the industry’s first 12.3 inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display offers a full-screen navigation map or can provide simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems. The option includes the easy-to-use, mouse-like Remote Touch Interface
The RX 450h L, the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RX model, includes as option the heated/ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Braking.