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Seven-seat Lexus RX L touches down


Unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November last year and recently priced Down Under, Lexus South Africa has now released pricing details of the long wheelbase RX L.

Stretched by 110 mm over the regular RX with seating for seven, the L also features a roof raised by 10 mm to accommodate the electric tailgate, and a total cargo capacity of 432-litres or 966-litres with the 50/50 rear seats folded down.

In terms of standard equipment, the L mirrors the standard RX and boasts tri-zone climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 12-speaker sound system, 10-way electrically adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with memory function for the driver's chair, roof rails, leather upholstery for the first and second row with the third finished in synthetic material, 12.3-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, keyless entry/start, sunroof, rain sense wipers and dual USB ports.

Safety items meanwhile consist of 10 airbags, reverse camera with parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist and a Tyre Pressure Monitor. Unlike the Aussie version though, local models miss out on Lexus' Safety Sense+ range of driver assistance systems, colour Heads-Up Display and the upmarket 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

Like the model Down Under though, no changes have taken place up front where the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine again develops 216 kW and 358 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Although also offered in L guise, Lexus has opted not to make the hybrid RX 450h available for the local market.

Included in the RX 350 L's R949 300 asking price is a four-year / 90 000 km maintenance plan.

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