Lexus Australia dealerships now have a seven-seat SUV to offer Aussie buyers with the local arrival of the 2018 Lexus RX ‘L’.
We’re at the Australian launch of the vehicle, however we are yet to have a drive, watch for a full first drive review to be published on Friday morning.
In the meantime, we can confirm all the interesting info on the new offering including Australian pricing and specifications.
The new Lexus seven-seat mid-size SUV will be available with a choice of two powertrains - there’s a 3.5 litre V6 version known as the 350L and the petrol/electric hybrid variant - the 450hL.
Interestingly, because of the stretched rear overhang, Lexus has had to restrict the V6 variant to a single exhaust set-up and that means a 5kW and 12Nm reduction on the standard five-door version.
For the record, the power outputs are 221kW/358Nm - V6 and 230kW hybrid.
There are two model grades being offered too - Luxury and Sport Luxury with standard kit including 20″ alloy wheels, while the upper-spec variant picks up a premium sound system, as well as heated and power adjustable front seats.
Prices for the new seven-seat variant starts from $84,700 (+$3,280 over the five-door) and $101,500 (+$1,630).
How did they manage to turn the RX into a seven-seater?
Well, the roof is longer and the electric tailgate too, and while the wheelbase is the same as the standard vehicle, Lexus has stretched the rear overhang with the ‘L’ version now a hefty five-metres long overall.
And the Lexus team has also stressed that cargo capacity with the third-row seats in play was a priority - they’re claiming a best in class capacity of 211 litres (boot to roof) and 176 litres boot to top of the rear seat.