Seven seat Lexus RX expected to debut at the Tokyo motor show
The Lexus range is rapidly expanding, with SUVs in a number of different sizes and flavours: there’s the compact NX, the mid-size RX and the hulking Toyota LandCruiser-based Lexus LX.
Yet only the Lexus LX is the only model in the range to offer eight seats. It’s also very big, and very expensive.
But that might be about to change. Japanese magazine Mag-X has reported that Lexus will be unveiling a seven-seat version of the Lexus RX at the Tokyo motor show, and will go on sale sometime in 2018, alongside the five-seat versions.
The seven seat RX models, which are expected to be dubbed RX350L and RX450hL, will put Lexus up against well established and popular seven-seat luxury SUVs such as the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5, and they should give Lexus some market share that they’ve had to do without in the past.
Interestingly, reports suggest that Lexus isn’t lengthening the wheelbase to accommodate the extra seats. Rather, the bum has been stretched, to make room for the third row and some luggage space, and the roof has been heighted and squared off to help ensure those sitting up the back aren’t forced into the foetal position.
While there’s no word as to whether the bigger RX will arrive in Australia, but given our thirst for seven seat luxury SUVs, we suspect that it will make it down under and will probably sell quite well.
More information will become available as it comes to hand.