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Lexus debuts seven-seat SUV - new RXL for SA

2017-12-01 11:42

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Johannesburg - Lexus South Africa announced that its RX SUV will offer three-rows of seating in the form of its new RXL version.

The seven-seat RX "L" models, available with V6 petrol or hybrid powertrains, were unveiled overnight at the Los Angeles auto show and are due from January 2018.

Developed to meet requests from customers and dealers, the 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL retain the model's sleek features while incorporating a power-fold third-row seat and three-zone climate control.

Specification, model line-up and prices for the South African market RX "L" will be announced at launch timing in 2018.

Lexus has extended the body length 110mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle to ensure good headroom for the additional passengers and class-leading luggage-space length behind the third row.

The 60/40 split-fold third row can accommodate both child seats and adults and is designed to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. It is positioned slightly lower than the second row.

Third-row passengers have the comfort and convenience of separate rear aircon and dedicated vents as well as a pair of cupholders.

Details that enhance versatility include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. Access to the third row is made easy with a one-touch lever that folds and slides the second seat forward. Second-row seating head and legroom are unchanged.

A full range of airbags are standard, including full-length side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.


The 3.5-litre V6 engine in the Lexus RX 350L is capable of 216kW/358Nm mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The RX 350L features the Lexus Dynamic Torque Control AWD system that engages front-wheel drive under normal cruising conditions to help reduce fuel consumption. It uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to send up to 50% of available torque to the rear wheels, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions.

Front strut and rear double-wishbone suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric power steering yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback.

Elegantly blacked out C pillars create a floating-roof effect while 20-inch wheel designs enhance the powerful-looking stance.


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