Seven-seat Lexus coming

Seven-seat Lexus coming

Dec 21, 2017

Seven-seat Lexus coming

Lexus has confirmed that a new seven-seat version of the RX will hit Irish shores in 2018. The new model, shown as an RX 350-L at the 2017 LA Auto Show will come in either seven or six-seat guises, with an extra row of fold-away chairs in the boot.

Lexus says that the extra seats have been "designed to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row" and that those third-row occupants will get both cup holders and air conditioning controls. The passengers benefit from an extra 100mm of overall length, all of which has been added behind as rear overhang. The tailgate now also sits at a more upright angle to give better headroom, while the new seats are set below the line of the middle row, so as to offer adequate room for feet and knees.

The third row will have a power folding function, and Lexus says that it has been designed to accept child car safety seats, although it hasn't given any details on any extra rear-impact protection. The hybrid powertrain remains unchanged, with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine augmented by two electric motors and a stack of batteries.

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