One of the giants in the SUV world is taking their competition higher with the introduction of the 2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV. The addition of a third row makes it a recommendable option for urban families. This means that Lexus is producing a completely new vehicle in terms of features and specifications, to suit the increased capacity.
2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
Just like the predecessors, the Lexus RX 7-seater SUV 2018 has a jangle of angles to give it the beastly look. In order to accommodate the weight of the two extra seats, this SUV adopts the highlander body. The front and rear lightings will have a new design to match with the adjusted C and D-pillars. A modernised grille with a refurbished skid plate is other expectations to define the outlook of the vehicle. The wheelbase takes either 18’ inch or 20 inches, for standard and optional versions respectively.
With the addition of a third row, we can expect an increased cabin capacity. However, spacing is adequate for all occupants. In addition, the vehicle includes luxurious finishes such as soft-touch paddings and leather seat covers. In matters technology, most of the interior controls should be automatic. The infotainment system includes Android and Apple Car plays systems, alongside the wireless connectivity.
This SUV comes with the Lexus Safety System+ as the standard package. This package comprises of Cruise Control, automatic steering correction, automatic dimming lights for oncoming vehicles and lane departure monitors. Collision monitors and synchronised emergency braking systems are also probable inclusions, as conformity to the modern driver requirements. An all round airbag system will also reduce the impact on the occupants during a collision.
2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV – Modification under the Hood
As for the powertrain, this 2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV has two options of engines. The first option is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces over 260 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. The second option for base models is the 3.5-liter V8 engine that produces 200 hp and over 190 lb-ft of torque. These engine options will have a 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions, respectively. Either option is powerful enough to accelerate this SUV at its maximum capacity.
In terms of acceleration, these engines enable a 60mph in about 7.2 seconds, suitable for this prestigious Brand. Lexus rarely focuses on the fuel efficiency and the 2018 model is no exception. On average, the engines have a fuel consumption of 22 mpg on highways and 24 mph on normal roads. The 8-speed gear transmissions could have better stability than the 6-speed, although the base features favour overall stability and safety.
2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
Many factors including the increased capacity and upgraded features will reflect on the pricing. This 2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV should start at a base price of $45,000 and may go up to over $50,000. Most speculations show that this 2018 Lexus RX 7-seater will be launched in 2017, probably by June.
Although Toyota’s Highlander seems to be a competitor due to the eight seating capacity, Lexus prides in style, luxury and premium features. With most of its features upgraded, the 2018 Lexus RX 7-seater SUV should rate well during and after its launch.