Lexus India has launched a 7 Seater SUV for Indian markets. Based on RX 450h, this is a longer version of the SUV with third-row seats. Lexus RX 450hL. The thing that surprised us is that the version is, in fact, Rs 30 lakh lesser priced than the 5 seater variant. 2 more seats an a longer car for less money? Why not!
The car will also replace the 5-seater costlier variant and will sell as a one-off variant of the RX 450h. As of now, you don’t lose any feature over the RX 450h, in fact, this is just an aggressive pricing strategy by Lexus to improve sales numbers. The RX 450h is 110mm longer than the normal variant although keeping the same wheelbase. To adjust the rear seats the rear overhang look a little more, everything else just about looks the same as the 5-seater variant.
The styling of the car has remained the same as the RX 450h which we have no complains about as it looks very seamless and attractive, the height has been lowered by a few mm, to give it a more sporty look. Coming to the interiors the car packs a lot of features including 12.3-inch infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, panoramic sunroof, powered and heated front and rear seats and power rear boot with kick sensor. You have the option for 7-seat or 6-seat with 4 captain seats.
Safety features include Active Cornering Assist (ACA), 10 airbags, ESC, ABS and EBD, Vehicle0 Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), front and rear parking sensors and hill start assist. Coming to the powerplant of the vehicle is a 3.5 litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid engine with direct and port fuel injection which produces 308bhp (combined). It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It also gets different drive modes and All Wheel Drive. The engine is compliant to BS6 norms.
With a price of Rs 99 Lakh (ex-showroom pan India), the SUV is now more competitive with an extra row of seats. It competes with BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7, and Volvo XC90.
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