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The 2018 Lexus RX L Is The Three-Row RX You’ve Been Wishing For

The Lexus RX L is the seven seater Lexus RX of your dreams.

The Lexus RX L is an answer to the increased demand for a 7-seater midsize luxury SUV, and Lexus wants to have a share of the pie.

While the Lexus RX is technically a midsize crossover, its too small for it to have any habitable space behind the second row of seats. Thanks to Lexus increasing the length of the rear by 110 mm, the Lexus RX is now able to carry two extra people in the back. Outside, there are no exterior changes that separate it from the standard length RX, apart from, of course, its length, and slightly steeper roofline in order to accommodate the added rows of seats.

It’s also the same story inside, where the RX’s interior is relatively unchanged. The RX now has tri-zone climate control, whereas the third row of seats get their own dedicated climate controls and vents for cooling or heating. Standard features include a power folding third row seat, power liftgate, and leather upholstery. Like in the PH-market RX, an 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system is standard, which has no navigation and is controlled by a rotary knob, while the 12.3-inch Lexus Remote Touch with navigation is optional.

As always, there are two engine choices, which are both unchanged. The RX 350 L has a 3.5 liter petrol V6 with that produces 290 hp and is mated to an 8-speed automatic, while the RX 450h L uses the same hybrid system, which consists of a 3.5 liter Atkinson-cycle V6 and two electric motors, effectively making it AWD as standard. Combined, the hybrid still produces 308 hp, and is mated to a CVT. AWD is optional in the non-hybrid model.

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