The popular crossover has been stretched to fit a third seating row, with a choice between six- or seven-passenger configurations.
Lexus has revealed a stretched RX L at the Los Angeles Auto Show, adding a third seating row to the popular crossover.
Designers attempted to accommodate extra passengers without making any drastic changes to the RX' overall design, extending the overall body length by 4.3 inches and introducing a steeper tailgate window angle for sufficient headroom.
The standard seven-seat configuration employs a 40/20/40-split bench for the second row. The rear seats can be accessed via a lever that folds the second seat forward.
An available six-seat edition features second-row captain's chairs, enabling third-row passengers to simply walk in.
Engineers have positioned the second row slightly higher than the third, providing more foot room for rear passengers. A tri-zone climate control system further contributes to an equally luxurious experience from front to rear.
The base RX 350L package is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, providing 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, with all-wheel drive available as an upgrade option. The package starts at $48,665 (including freight) with front-wheel drive, representing a nearly $5,000 premium over the five-passenger RX350.
An RX 450hL hybrid also boasts three seating rows, with 308 combined horsepower and standard all-wheel drive.
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