Lexus’s third three-row SUV is almost ready. We know that because we managed to catch a production-ready prototype just a few months ahead of its official debut. After Toyota’s luxury division introduced three-row GX and LX SUVs, they have decided to add the option inside of the smallest RX. The 2018 Lexus RX three-row will reportedly be introduced at this year’s Los Angeles auto show.
The vehicle will be introduced along with a regular RX because both will suffer a mid-cycle refresh. As you can see here, the front end styling is pretty much the same as earlier. The crossover will feature a redesigned grille, perhaps a pair of new headlights, and nothing more. The biggest changes are in the back. The three-row RX obviously sports a longer and flatter row, as well as a more upright tailgate. In addition, the carmaker kept wheelbase unchanged, but the rear overhang seems to be longer. Thanks to the changes, the refreshed RX will get its third-row of seating.
There will be no drastic changes under the hood for sure. The 2018 Lexus RX three-row will likely feature a gasoline 3.5-liter V6 engine, which currently delivers 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The producer might push the output over 300 ponies, but that’s not officially confirmed yet. In any case, the engine will continue to be mated to eight front- or all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Lexus RX three-row will also offer a hybrid powertrain that’s paired with all-wheel drive only and develops 308 horsepower at the moment.
The 2018 Lexus RX three-row will be offered in North America and Asia only. It will be a more expensive option from the two-row model without any doubt, so we assume it’s going to cost a bit south from $50k.