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.
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.