What is it?
After 20 years, 2.7 million global sales and four model generations, this new RX 450hL represents the first time Lexus has offered its large SUV with a seven-seat layout. In fact, it’s the first seven-seater the Japanese luxury manufacturer has offered in Europe full stop.
Priced from £50,995, it takes aim at the likes of the Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Audi Q7 at the premium end of the seven-seat SUV market; with Lexus hoping to appeal to so-called “premium families” on the basis that it’s the only seven-seat, high-end self-charging hybrid SUV money can buy.
In converting regular RX to plus-size RX L, Lexus has extended the base model’s rear overhang by 110mm, bringing the SUV’s overall length to 5000mm. The rear windscreen has also been set to a steeper angle in an attempt to improve head room in the third row.
As with the five-seat model, power comes from a 3.5-litre, naturally aspirated V6 that, along with an electric motor at the front axle, drives the front wheels. Meanwhile, a second electric motor at the rear combines to give the RX 450hL four-wheel drive. All up, total power output sits at 308bhp, with the sprint from 0-62mph being dispatched in a claimed 8.0sec.