The new seven-seat Lexus RX L goes on sale in the UK with a choice of three trim levels and prices averaging £2,400 more than the standard five-seat RX.
Lexus finally delivered a seven-seat RX SUV at the Los Angeles Motor Show a few months ago, and now it’s going on sale in the UK with the same hybrid powertrain as the regular 450h and a choice of just three trim levels – for now.
Remarkably, Lexus has managed to squeeze and extra row of seats in to the RX by adding just 110mm to its overall length (that’s a bit over four inches in old money) to deliver an SUV to tackle competition like the Volvo XC90.
To start with, Lexus is only offering the RX L in SE, Luxury and Premium trim – so no sporty RX L Sport or F Sport – and with specs which pretty much mirror those of the regular RX 450h.
Prices for that extra four inches or so – and the extra row of seats – start from £50,995 for the RX L SE (£2,450 more than the regular RX), with the RX L Luxury and Premium costing £54,095 and £61,995 respectively, a £2,350 premium on the regular model.
The Lexus RX L is now on sale at Lexus UK dealers, with first customer deliveries due next month (May 2018).
New Lexus RX L offers a 7-seat challenge to the Volvo XC90
The Lexus RX L has debuted at the Los Angeles Motor Show, delivering an RX with a longer wheelbase and an extra two seat to compete with cars like the XC90.
There’s been chatter for a while that Lexus would stretch the RX to create an SUV with an added dose of practicality and a couple of more seats as Lexus look to compete more completely against cars like the Volvo XC90.
That was confirmed a couple of weeks ago when the RX450h L was teased, and now it’s had its official debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show. And it doesn’t look half bad.
To squeeze a couple of extra seats in the back, Lexus has stretched the RX by 110mm (a bit over 4 inches in old money) and made the rear a bit more upright to make sure there’s enough headroom in the back row.
The 60:40 split rear bench is accessed by a lever on the middle row which slides those seats forward to gain entry, and the back row sits a bit lower than the middle row to offer more legroom.
The extra length of the RX L will now mean there’s more room in the boot when the back row is down, and even more with the middle row folded too. But Lexus don’t seem to have worked out yet just how much.
It also seems they haven’t decided exactly what the specs on offer in the UK will be, and whether the LWB RX will be available in both 200t spec and 450h, or whether it will be limited to just a 450h L (which was the car Lexus teased a couple of weeks ago).
The new Lexus RX L will go on sale in the UK in the New Year, with first UK deliveries in May. Lexus promise full specs and prices before them.