2017 Lexus RX350
2018 Lexus RX 350L Photo: Supplied

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Kez Casey | Nov, 16 2017 | 0 Comments

After much speculation Lexus has confirmed that a new version of its RX SUV family will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Without giving too much away the Japanese luxury brand has confirmed that the ‘L’ suffix will be applied to three-row versions of the V6 and hybrid RX models, creating the RX 350L and RX 450hL.

Reports suggest that despite the L tag, the new model will retain the 2790mm wheelbase of five-seat models, but add a longer rear overhang with a taller roofline to create the extra space for an added row of seats.

If that is the case L versions of the RX won’t quite match the passenger space of other large seven-seat SUVs like the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5 with the RX instead straddling the divide between fully-fledged seven passenger models, and its own five-seat versions.

Official details for the new model won’t be revealed until the later in November when the LA Auto Show opens, but don’t expect significant changes to either the 221kW/370Nm 3.5-litre V6 RX 350 or the 193kW/335Nm petrol-electric hybrid RX 450h.

For now Lexus is only showing how its new badge will look on the rump of the longer RX with no other discernible details about the new variant's profile, short of a shared set of tail lights from the five-seat model.

MORE: Lexus | RX | LA Motor Show

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