The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a three-row, seven-seat version that will soon be released as Toyota expands its luxury arm of crossover vehicles. The most recent report has it that this crossover hits the Tokyo Motor Show in November this year. Apparently, it will become aesthetically appealing although it is not going to be much different from LX 570.
The Japanese brand keeps evolving this SUV in the quest to win more enthusiasts just like the previous releases. Hence, the 4th generation RX gets a third row to complement its corporate cousin, the Toyota Highlander.
2018 Lexus RX 350—Exterior and Interior Specifications
Based on a few spy shots, we can attest that the 2018 Lexus RX 350 maintains the same wheelbase as the current two-row prototype. However, there is the likelihood that it features an extended rear. Also, the roof remains flat near the rear rather than sloping down like on the two-row version. Lexus engineers aim at providing adequate headroom for the third row.
The commodious 2018 Lexus RX 350 features about 109.84-inch long wheelbase, which can accommodate a third row and two extra passengers. It also comes with an extended rear overhang that is said to be around 198.82 inches in length, up to 6.30 inches from the previous crossover. The Japanese publication claims the seven-seat version retains the current car’s rear window graphics. That means rear seat occupants will have a restricted view outwards.
It has a lightweight metallic framework and high strength aluminum bodywork that will make it sturdy yet light in weight. The automaker will also upgrade the grille and the headlights. It will come with a panoramic moonroof, and its door handles will get illuminated. The car’s bumper is going to be tweaked to give a stylish look.
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 showcases more aerodynamically streamlined lines and curves that offer improved resistance to the wind. It will be more robust, reliable and convenient than most of its equivalents. This crossover features L-shaped headlamps consisting of an intelligent high beam, which adjusts the intensity of light according to different conditions.
All Lexus RX editions will get the Lexus Safety System as standard. Besides, the cabin may also come packed with the extras such as lane departure alert, pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams and much more. The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has comfortable front seats and relaxing rear seats comprising of split-fold-recline seatbacks. It has excellent cargo space and impressive fit and finishes. The Lexus uses some avant-garde wood and leather upholstery.
The base RX models come equipped with synthetic leather, cruise control and power features. Nearly all of them also come with add on navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment, premium audio among others.
Engine and Fuel Economy of the 2018 Lexus RX 350
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is going to incorporate a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that churns out 295 horsepower at 6,300rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,700rpm. The EPA ratings for the Front-Wheel-Drive are 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. However, the All-Wheel-drive versions have their fuel economy rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Expected Release Date and Cost
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is scheduled to be launched in November this year. The actual price of the crossover is dependent upon the type of SUV package you choose. With that said, the basic model is likely to start at $40,000 while the F-Sport package may top out at $50,000. Potential rivals include the likes of Infiniti Q80, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.