Third row of seating added to the largest Lexus SUV sold in Europe; it lands alongside the larger LX 570 two-row. Starts from £50,995

A larger, seven-seat version of the Lexus RX named RX L has gone on sale in the UK, priced from £50,995. 

The seven-seat version of Lexus' BMW X5 rival is currently only available with a hybrid powertrain, badged RX 450hL, and is available in SE, Luxury and Premier specs, priced £50,995, £54,095 and £61,095 respectively. The entry-level seven-seater is priced £2305 above the equivalent five-seat RX, and £9055 more than the entry-level RX 200t S. 

Despite being a full £10,100 more expensive than the SE version, top-spec Premier trim is expected to take 48% of sales, with 50% of customers expected to opt for mid-range Luxury and just 2% heading for SE spec cars. The seven-seat RX L is expected to take a 30% slice of the 2500 projected RX sales in the first year after the RX L's launch. The RX currently makes up 18.5% of Lexus' UK sales, shifting 2351 units across last year, with total Lexus UK sales at 12,671.

The RX L was first revealed at the LA motor show but is on sale now, with first deliveries due to arrive in Britain in the coming weeks. To free up space for the extra passengers, the model is 110mm longer than the regular RX, so its tailgate sits at a steeper angle to meet the roof.

The rearmost passengers have access to the car’s tri-zone climate control and get two cupholders. When the seats are not in use, they fold down flat into the boot floor.

Two powertrains are available worldwide in the RX L. The first is a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 290bhp and 263lb ft of torque, while the second mates the same block to two electric motors, giving a system output of 308bhp. The electrified set-up will be familiar to British RX owners, as it’s offered here in the RX 450h.

Lexus LX 570 two-row

Alongside the RX L, Lexus has also launched a new version of its larger LX 570 two-row SUV. This US model, a rival to the Toyota Land Cruiser, has ditched the third seat row of the regular variant to become a five-seater.

Lexus says it has removed the passenger space in order to expand the storage capacity of the car’s boot – something it says the customers have requested. The LX 570's price of $84,980 (£63,294) in the US makes it $30 more expensive than the Range Rover.

Lexus is a major player in the US car market, having reigned as the country's top premium car brand as recently as 2011. It has since been overtaken by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but sales are back on the up following the launch of the NX, with Lexus delivering 331,228 cars in the US last year.

Our Verdict

Renault Clio

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best

Join the debate

Comments
5

29 November 2017

What is it about car design at the moment?

29 November 2017

yes it is truly horrid

30 November 2017
The lx570 IS a landcruiser!!

K_A

30 November 2017
geed wrote:

The lx570 IS a landcruiser!!

 

I was thinking that myself. Not only would the LC possibly compete with the LX, the LX is an LC in drag.

4 June 2018

Friends of ours have just got a new RXh which I was looking at yesterday. Now I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc., but that is one truly ugly car!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Ka+ Active 2018 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    22 June 2018
    This SUV-inspired makeover for Ford’s city-friendly small car will find its fans, but the Ka+ Active doesn’t set any new benchmarks for the class
  • Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 long-term review hero front
    First Drive
    22 June 2018
    The Japanese hot hatch is all grown up in terms of character, technology and price, but is it still a fun-loving kid at heart? Let’s find out
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4
    First Drive
    21 June 2018
    Shogun Sport name returns to the UK, attached to a seven-seat 4x4 that, Mitsubishi hopes, deftly combines practicality, comfort and toughness
  • Ford Fiesta ST-Line 2018 long-term review hero front
    First Drive
    21 June 2018
    Does this version of Britain’s top-selling car have the substance to match its style?
  • Audi Q8 2018 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    20 June 2018
    Range-topping SUV is short on the styling and performance pizzazz needed to make it a Range Rover Sport-toppling style icon, although it’s an accomplished luxury car