Lexus has always had a nice range of cars, but they haven’t really covered all segments yet. For instance, if you’re looking for a three-row crossover, the only models Lexus could offer you are the GX and the LX. Both of which are huge and have a truck-like body. There is also the smaller RX that you could go for, but it only has two rows.
Last March, the Japanese company announced the arrival of a new crossover with three-rows, but it has been a year and we have not seen it yet. The good news is that the RX finally gets a three-row version, fulfilling a lot of people’s dreams. And according to Japanese car outlet Mag-X reports, the new RX crossover is scheduled to make a debut in October at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The RX is actually one of the company’s bestselling cars, and now that it has evolved into a three-row crossover, Lexus sales will probably shoot up as well.
According to more reports, the updated crossover will have the same wheelbase as its predecessor, with the rear overhang slightly extended. Now I wonder how tight it will be if there are three rows, considering the fact that the current model’s second row is already very close to the rear glass. This might actually mean no trunk space for the new RX.
The third row is not something that most owners will be using all the time, unless you have huge families. So with all three rows installed, the leg space will suffer. Furthermore, Mag-X drew a sketch of the new RX and it looks a bit cramped overall, with visibility from the third row being very low. But still, some people prioritize a third row over comfort, especially as it won’t be used often.
So now, you have more choices for three-row crossovers. However, the GX and the LX are built on truck frames, and cost much more. The RX, on the other hand, will be a much cheaper option except that it will be a little tight on the inside. The new RX crossover will have a starting price of around $40,000, which makes it compete against cars like the Acura MDX, Land Rover Discovery, and Volvo XC90. It will be directly marketed in the United States and China, as it joins Lexus’ current lineup.
The three-row crossover may also include a hybrid RX 450hL in the near future, enabling it to return as much as 30 miles per gallon in its current form.
If you are interested, the Tokyo Motor Show will take place on the weekend of October 27. But we will surely give you more previews and sneak peeks before the event.