Report: Seven

2018 Lexus RX seven-seat model rendering

As our rendering shows, the seven-seat RX will likely gain extra inches via an extended rear section rather than a stretched wheelbase. Photo by Autoweek

Report: Seven-seat 2018 Lexus RX coming to Tokyo motor show Three-row crossover to join lineup before midcycle refresh

June 30, 2017

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The drive to offer third-row seating as a standard feature in SUVs has already led several automakers to engineer themselves into a corner, with impractical seats that do not permit dignified ingress and egress. But the danger of not offering third-row seating is even worse, as some automakers see it, as the availability of such a feature in competing models will be used against them by salespeople.

Japan s Mag-X magazine reports that the midsize RX will gain a third row, along with a few extra inches of sheetmetal, to compete with slightly larger models such as the Volvo XC90, the Volkswagen Atlas and the Infiniti QX60. The seven-seat version is expected to be offered alongside the standard-wheelbase five-seat RX in early 2018 after its debut this fall at the Tokyo motor show, likely badged as an RX350L and RX450hL.

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