Toyota-owned luxury carmaker Lexus, has unveiled the new RX L seven-seater crossover models at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show 2017. The automaker has unveiled two cars within the RX L models- a standard petrol version Lexus RX 350L and a hybrid version of the car christened RX 450hL, both of which will come with a three-row set-up. Also, Lexus claims that with the new RX L range, families will now be able to enjoy more space with their 'luxury utility vehicle'. While both the models will be available in the US market by the end of 2017, in India we can expect the cars to be launched in 2018.
Mechanically, the Lexus RX 350L is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system with Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent Wide (VVT-iS) system producing about 286 bhp and up to 357 Nm of peak torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, like the two-row RX 350, the RX 350L is available with front-wheel drive or available Dynamic Torque Control All Wheel Drive. On the other hand, the hybrid version of the car, the RX 450hL, will come with the company's Lexus Hybrid Drive system paired with the 3.5-litre engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators capable of churning out a combined power output of 304 bhp.
In terms of looks, except for the length, the RX L is largely identical to the 5-seater version of the car in terms of styling and design. This time, the automaker has increased the body length of the RX L models by 110 mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models - ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers. Also, the car is available in both 6-seater and 7-seater option. While the 6-seater version get captain seats for the second row, the 7-seater version gets a 40/20/40 split bench-type second-row seat. With the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward, the access to the third row has been made easy. According to the company, the third row of the RX L models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row.
Talking about the features, while the exterior offers Lexus signature spindle grille, Bi-LED headlights or optional three-pot all-LED headlamps, 20-inch wheel alloy wheels and LED taillamps as highlights. The interior of the car gets leather upholstery as standard, in the choice of Black, Stratus Gray, Parchment or Noble Brown, tri-zone climate control with separate heating and air conditioning vents for third-row passengers, and a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate, both as standard offering on the RX L models. Apart from these, a 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display offering a full-screen navigation map and can provide simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems, a Heads-Up Display (HUD) incorporated into the design of the instrument panel that can project key information on the windshield are the other standard features.
Lexus has also offered both the RX L models loaded with a number of advanced safety features such as full-length side curtain airbags that cover all three rows along with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking. Although, Panoramic View Monitor is an optional feature, the cars also get three different driving modes - Normal, Sports and Eco and on the RX 450hL, the Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth mode, EV, which enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances.;
Currently, Lexus sells only the RX 450h in India from the RX range and with the introduction of these two new models from the same range will definitely help the luxury automaker strengthen its position in the Indian market. It will also be interesting to see if the manufacturer introduces the same international models in the country or with some changes. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the 2018 Lexus RX L models.
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