Lexus RX L (2018–)
- April 2018: Lexus RX L goes on sale
- May 2018: Lexus RX L available to order
- May 2019: Updated Lexus RX L revealed
- November 2019: New entry-level grade for Lexus RX L.
Lexus RX L goes on sale
Inside the new RX L there are two extra seats, but on the outside, the car is only 110mm longer than the five-seat model – barely the width of a man’s hand. It is actually a new body, not merely a stretch.
Not only is the RX L longer at the rear, the angle of its tailgate has been made slightly steeper. That fine adjustment is actually important in making sure there’s comfortable headroom for anyone sitting in the third row of seats. Even more valuable millimetres have been gained simply by moving the rear wiper mechanism from the top to the bottom of the window.
Open the door and you will see just how smart a solution Lexus has come up with to provide a third row of seats and a lay-out that’s easy to adapt when you need more space for luggage. Raise the seats, or stow one or both of them flat: it just takes the press of button.
The seats are finished to the same high quality as the rest of the cabin and are comfortable for youngsters or adults for long journeys or shorter trips. The RX L means that when you want a night out with friends for example, you need only take one car.
Lexus RX L available to order
The rearmost seats raise at the press of a button. There are two controls, located on the second row of seats and in the load area. The same process stows all the srats flat increasing the length of the loadspace to 1,067 mm. There is a tonneau cover to keep items hidden from view and when not needed, it can be stowed neatly into a dedicated space beneath the load floor.
The folding second row seats have no exposed parts, so there’s no risk of snagging or tripping when getting in and out. Access to the third row is simple, with one-touch knobs to tilt and slide the second row seats forward and a footstep on the floor to guide passengers in. When the back row seats are stowed, the middle row seats have a sliding range of 150mm
A tri-zone air conditioning system lets passengers in the back row adjust heating and ventilation independently, using controls located to the side of the third row seats. They can also be operated by the driver via the central multimedia screen.
A multifunction armrest console in the third row also provides two cup holders, and two USB ports – ideal for kids to connect their gaming devices when making long journeys.
Prices start at £50,995 for the SE, with the Luxury priced at £54,095. The Premier is £61,995. All versions of the new RX L can be specified with a Protection Pack, which provides rubber floor mats, a bumper protection plate, boot liner and mud flaps. The Premier grade model can be fitted with a Style Pack, adding a front skirt, rear bumper protection plate, chrome side sills and alloy wheels with black inserts. A sunroof is available for the Luxury model.
Updated Lexus RX L revealed
Lexus has released pictures of its updated RX and RX L models ahead of them going on sale in autumn.
The updated RX benefits from an external facelift with updated bumpers and a revised grille, while the arrangements of the tailpipes and valence has been adjusted at the rear of the car.
Inside, the seven-seat RX L now offers two different seating positions for the third row seats, providing more legroom when required.
A new multimedia touchscreen system has been fitted, incorporating Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for the first time.
Lexus says its RX is now better to drive, thanks to revised shock absorbers and increased body rigidity.
A new 'BladeScan' adaptive high-beam system improves night-time illumination without risking dazzling other road usrs This works by shining light from LEDs onto two blade-shaped mirrors that are rotating at high speed. The light is then transferred onto a lens to illuminate the road ahead. This lights up areas that might be difficult to see using a conventional high-beam system, without blnding other road users.
The new RX also benefits from the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, incorporating the firm's pre-collision system, radar-controlled adaptive cruise control and road sign assist.
UK prices and specifications for the updated RX and RX L models will be announced ahead of them going on sale in autumn 2019.
New entry-level grade for Lexus RX L.
The new seven-seat RX L SUVs, launched in October 2019, has a new entry-level grade that offers a wealth of cutting edge technology, safety and comfort features as standard.
Connectivity is covered by a 12.3-inch multimedia display with touchscreen functions, six USB ports around the cabin and simple smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Owners can also access a range of useful and personalised connected services via Lexus Link
The RX L benefits from the latest generation Lexus Safety System+, with functions that can recognise a wide range of collision risks, alert the driver and apply braking and assistance to help avoid an accident, or lessen the consequences if an impact is unavoidable. Triple-eye LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an Intelligent Clearance Sonar are also included in the specification.
The RX L has a power tailgate, paddle shifts on the steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charger. Comfort details include heated front seats (RX model only), Tahara synthetic leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats – with two-way lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat.
Options include a Premium Pack, adding smooth leather upholstery, front seat ventilation, hands-free tailgate operation with a kick sensor, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming and reverse-tilting functions for the door mirrors and easy access for the driver with auto-retracting seat and steering wheel (with memory function). For the RX L, the package also includes integrated front seat heaters.
A Tech and Safety Pack is available (for RX Ls where the Premium Pack has already been specified), adding a colour head-up display, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking – features which enhance the RX’s excellent safety provisions. Additionally, a panoramic roof can be added to the RX, and a sunroof to the RX L.
The top-of-the-range RX L Takumi is newly available with the option of two individual captain’s seats in place of the three-seat bench in the second row. Equipped with individual centre arm rests and finished in the same high quality leather as the front seats, these provide more leg and elbow-room, while also freeing up more leg and foot space for the third row passengers. Both seats have a power-folding function to create an extended, flat load space.
The new models are available to order from late November 2019 with customer deliveries from January 2020.