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Lexus RX L 2018 teased ahead of LA show

The seven-seat RX is expected to launch in Australia next year following a debut at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.

Lexus has confirmed that a seven-seat version of its RX large SUV will join its line-up in 2018, ahead of an unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show on November 29.

The RX will join its competitors including the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90 as a large luxury SUVs that offers third-row seating.

Up until now, the RX was only available in five-seat guise, and Lexus fans either had to opt for the larger and much pricier LX 570 for a seven-seater, or opt for Toyota’s more pedestrian Kluger.

Two variants of the three-row RX will be unveiled at LA, including the petrol-powered RX 350L and hybrid RX 450L.

While the finer details of the two engine flavours are yet to be revealed by Lexus, it is likely to retain the 221kW/370Nm 3.5-litre V6 and eight-speed auto in the RX 350L, and 306kW/420Nm V6 hybrid with continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

The five-seater is also offered with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder powerplant, but there has been no word on whether it will come in seven-seat guise.

According to Lexus, the 350L and 450L will retain the same styling that debuted on the current-gen RX in 2015, but has not confirmed whether the vehicle has increased in length to accommodate the third row.

Given the ‘L’ nomenclature often denotes long-wheelbase, it is certainly a possibility.

Lexus has also released a teaser image of the vehicle showing a tail-light and RX 350L badge, but there is no indication of what the interior will look like.

Lexus Australia is expected to announce that the seven-seat RX will arrive in Australian showrooms in 2018.

The RX is the second-best selling model in Lexus’ local line-up behind the smaller, more affordable NX mid-size SUV.

Compared to the same time last year, sales of the RX are almost identical, having sold 1667 units to the end of October, a single unit more than 2016.

The RX still accounts for a quarter of Lexus sales Down Under, and was the best-selling SUV in its line-up before the arrival of the NX in late 2014.

Currently, the RX range kicks off at $74,251 plus on-roads for the RX 200t, and is offered in three levels of specification – Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury.

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