Climb into the RX L: Europe’s first seven-seat Lexus

The new Lexus RX L is the first seven-seat Lexus to be sold in Europe. It retains the stylish lines of the current RX but benefits from increased length and adept interior packaging to provide luxurious accommodation across three rows of seats.

Its European debut was at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, but we’ve gathered a few highlights ahead of its on-sale date in the UK.

Lexus RX L: function and fashion

With the RX L model, Lexus gives customers the option of an additional row of seats. In order to achieve this, the body is 110mm longer at the rear and adopts a steeper tailgate window angle. This ensures comfortable leg and headroom for third-row passengers as well as a generous, versatile luggage space – all without compromising the sleek styling of the standard RX.

… all without compromising the sleek styling of the standard RX

Access to the third row is easy, with just the pull of a lever required to slide the relevant section of the second row seats forward. The second row itself is split in a 40:20:40 format to ensure equally easy access from either side of the vehicle.

The two third-row seats offer the same comfort and luxury as those in the second row. The seats are upholstered in leather and occupants benefit from separate air conditioning controls and vents, plus a pair of cup holders. Load space behind the third row is longer than any of its competitors, while the rearmost seats have a power folding function to create extra luggage space.

Lexus RX L: safety

The Lexus RX L has been awarded a top five-star rating from the Euro NCAP independent safety testing organisation. The side curtain airbags are full-length and cover all three rows, while every model comes with a comprehensive suite of Lexus Safety System+ controls.

Lexus RX L: powertrain

The self-charging Lexus Hybrid Drive system in the RX 450hL pairs a D4-S injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a 37kW hybrid battery powering two high-torque electric drive motor-generators. Together these produce a full system output of 308bhp for strong acceleration and overtaking performance.

E-Four comes as standard on this hybrid model and is different from a traditional all-wheel drive system. Instead of needing transfer gears and a driveshaft to power the rear wheels, E-Four uses an independent rear-mounted electric motor to drive the rear wheels when conditions demand.

The new Lexus RX 450hL will be available in Europe from May 2018. Full details of the UK market model will be confirmed nearer its on-sale date. So watch this space!

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