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Three-row Lexus RX L launched in LA


Slotting in below the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado badged GX in its global model portfolio, Lexus has used to the Los Angeles International Auto Show to debut the new three-row RX L.

Extended by 110 mm compared to the standard RX, the L offers seating for seven with a 40/20/40 rear split, although buyers can specify a six-seat option where the middle row comes with two individual seats that allows for easier access to the third row via a "walk through" setup.

Power for the US-spec RX L remains unchanged with the 3.5-litre petrol V6 in the RX 350 L developing 216 kW and 357 Nm linked to a eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a combined output of 230 kW in the 3.5-litre V6 hybrid RX 450 L. Front-wheel is standard on the 350 with al-wheel drive optional, while the hybrid sends its grunt through a CVT to all four wheels only.

Standard spec includes a eight-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth and HD Radio, dual USB ports, a nine-speaker sound system, tri-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster display, bi-LED headlights and a full array of safety tech such as Pre-Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Park Assist.

Optional items meanwhile consists of 20-inch alloy wheels, 360-degree camera system, the Navigation package that also adds a 12-speaker sound system, a 12.3-inch display and a full colour Heads-Up Display. An additional option is a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system when specified with the navigation system.

The RX L is expected to arrive in US dealership floors next month initially in 350 guise only with a sticker price of $47 670 (R650 047) for the front-wheel drive, and $49 070 (R669 138) for the AWD. It remains to be seen whether Lexus South Africa will deem it fit to bring the RX L to market, but expect early 2018 if indeed approved.

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