Lexus Adds Third-Row Seat to Best-Selling RX Series SUV
Toyota’s premium Lexus brand debuted a new 2018 RX L Series midsize premium SUVs that will offer three rows of seats for families at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The new RX L Series will now seat 6-7 passengers and be available with either 3.5-liter V-6 or hybrid electric-gasoline powertrains.
The welcome family-size 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL models in the most popular series of premium midsize crossovers will reach Lexus dealer showrooms later this year with starting stickers of $46,670 for front-wheel drive and $49,070 for models with all-wheel Drive (AWD) systems.
Lexus has lengthened the body by 4.3-ins. at the rear and has used a steeper tailgate window angle to allow extra headroom for the third row configuration option. The new 7-seat configured RX L Series variant is equipped with a split-bench second row seat. Access to the third row is accomplished by pulling a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward in minivan fashion. Second-row seating is slightly raised, creating more foot room for rear passengers.
The same interior leather treatments as two-row models are available for first and second rows of the RX L variants and a tri-zone climate control system gives separate heating and cooling choices to third-row occupants. Third-row seating can be folded down by power and the hands-free tailgate also is power operated and comes standard, according to Toyota officials.
Lexus RX Series accounts for one-third of Lexus sales in the U.S. and through October was the top-selling model in the midsize premium SUV segment with nearly 80,000 deliveries, according to J.D. Power sales data. The RX was last updated in 2015.