Lexus has hinted that the much-awaited three-row variant of the RX crossover, which is called the 2018 Lexus RX L, is headed to the showrooms early next year. The inbound RX L model is about 4.3 inches longer than the standard two-row RX. That way, it can accommodate two passenger seats in the third row as well as a more vertical rear window.
The company says plans are underway to offer two RX L configurations when the model goes on sale. The two setups include a 6-passenger configuration with captain’s chairs in the second row and a 7-passenger layout with a bench. Also, hybrid variants are reserved for the six-passenger setup.
2018 Lexus RX L – Exterior Styling, Interior Design and Features
The three-row luxury SUV looks modern, and it would supplement Lexus’s long-running truck-based offerings. The automaker’s recent publication gave us a hint that the 2018 Lexus RX L would present an excellent ride quality, top-of-the-range fuel efficiency, and outstanding safety features. Lexus has extended the car’s body by 4.3 inches and revised the rear tailgate in an attempt to create an interior that accommodates the third-row seat.
The seven-seat variant of the 2018 Lexus RX L is more family friendly as it conveys 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats as standard. Also, it has a single lever which you can use to move the seat out of the way to access the third row with ease.
On the contrary, six-passenger models have their second-row captain’s chairs widely separated from the passenger seats. Hence, you can access the third-row seats without having to shift the seat out of the path. The auto manufacturer has also elevated the second row, so third-row occupants can now have more foot space for additional comfort.
Safety and Tech
The base 2018 Lexus RX L brings a lot of standard features, including the three-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a power tailgate, and power-folding third-row seats. It also comes with the standard 18-inch alloy wheels alongside a rearview camera, keyless start/entry, and LED headlights.
A well-placed source has confirmed that Lexus will equip all RX L variants with the brand’s Safety System+ suite. It bundles together such things as adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-keep with steering assist. The system also highlights the Pre-Collision System, which bundles together automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection.
Optional features in the 2018 Lexus RX L will encompass a head-up display, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. Additional options are a 360-degree camera system, navigation system (including a 12.3-inch display with Lexus’s touchpad/mouse-like controls), and 20-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Lexus RX L – Engine and Gearbox
The 2018 Lexus RX L offers two powertrain choices like its standard-length RX precursor. The first engine alternative is a 3.5-liter V6 that powers the RX 350L variant. It has the capacity of up to 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The second option is a hybrid powertrain that propels the RX 450hL.
The hybrid powertrain is a combination of the 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a nickel-metal hybrid. It has a total output of 308 horsepower. The RX 350L uses a standard 8-speed automatic transmission while the RX 450hL gets a Continuously Variable Transmission.
The base RX 350L is standard with front-wheel-drive, but top-spec variants get an optional all-wheel-drive. It is important to mention that all RX 450hL models get all-wheel-drive configuration as standard. The RX 350L features three driving modes as standard—Normal, Eco, and Sport. The top-tier RX 450hL variant adds a fourth the EV mode.
2018 Lexus RX L – Release Date and Cost
The 2018 Lexus RX L is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of next year. Front-drive RX 350L starts at $47,670 while the all-wheel-drive versions could sell at $49,070. Note that these prices represent our best guesses as Lexus hasn’t announced their exact pricing.