Confirmed: Three-Row Lexus RX Coming
Extended-Length Crossover Due for 2018 Model Year
The Lexus RX is one of the best-selling premium-brand crossovers on the market, but it stands out from many of its competitors in one way that dealers wish it didn’t. It’s currently offered only in a two-row five-passenger version. The Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Mazda CX-9, and several other key competitors to the RX are offered with three-row seating. According to Automotive News (AN), dealers have been asking Toyota’s luxury brand for a three-row model for years. Finally, it seems Lexus is listening. Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken told AN a three-row RX variant would be coming in late 2017 or early 2018.
Other than the extended wheelbase and third row, the longer RX is not expected to deviate from the proven RX formula by much. Styling, powertrains, and options are expected to remain very similar to the current model. The names of the new models are expected to be RX 350L for the standard model and RX 450hL for the hybrid model.
The addition of the three-row model will likely make the RX’s sales dominance in the segment even more pronounced. Lexus sold 100,610 RX crossovers in 2015. In comparison, 41,770 Infiniti QX60s, 68,850 Cadillac SRXs, and 54,997 BMW X5s were sold in the same year.
Source: Automotive News