20 years on from its birth, the RX stands as the most popular hybrid luxury utility vehicle. For the first time, the 2018 RX 450h L will feature seven seats, whilst retaining its stylish figure and unrivalled luxury.
The 2018 RX L retains the same award-winning safety, style, luxury and performance as the two-row version. It features the signature Lexus spindle grille combined with a chrome-plated surround and L-shaped premium LED headlights using three unique L-shaped elements per side. Thanks to blacked out C pillars, the roof is given a floating effect and 20 inch wheel designs enhance the RX L’s powerful-looking stance.
Function and Fashion
The RX L is extended by 110mm at the rear and with the aid of a steeper tailgate window angle, passengers in the third row of seats have good headroom. The second row of seats is raised to allow the rear two passengers extra foot room, with leather as standard and tri zone climate with separate vents ensuring comfort is restored. Access to the rear seats is made easy with a pull lever which slides the second row of seats forward.
Lexus Safety System+ is standard for most markets and features Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) with corrective steering input, Automatic High Beam (AHB) and All-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Panoramic View Monitor (PVM), Intelligent Parking Sensor (IPS), Rear Cross Traffic Braking and Adaptive High Beam System (AHS) are available on higher grades. The RX L does feature full-length side curtain airbags, protecting all three rows of the car.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system featured in the RX L combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators. 313 combined system horsepower is produced, awarding the car with strong acceleration and performance. The Drive Mode Select system in the RX L adds a fourth mode, EV. This allows the car to be driven under electric power at lower speeds for a short distance.
An independent rear-mounted electric motors drives the rear wheels when required to help maintain optimal traction. This AWD system is unique to the RX L.
Ride and Handling
The RX L offers the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as you would experience in the two-row alternative. The RX L offers an impeccable ride on all surfaces, thanks to front strut and rear double-wishbone suspension systems. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is also available, which alters the damping force according to road surface conditions. Electric Power Steering (EPS) offers the driver a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback.
Cabin design and luxury
The RX L cabin features a full-colour Head-Up display (HUD) built into the instrument panel. This projects key information onto the windshield to keep the driver focused on the road ahead. The cabin benefits from form-fitting seats and available richly finished wood trim is elegantly placed from the centre console to the glove box.
The RX L as standard features an 8 inch screen, AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth® audio, voice recognition microphone, micro SD card slot, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers. Also available is the industry’s first 12.3 inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. This offers a full-screen navigation map or simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and other systems. Including in this system is a mouse-like Remote Touch Interface.