LA Auto Show: Lexus RX L, LX 570 image

The premium Japanese automaker has decided to grace the Los Angeles Auto Show with an oddity – it enlarged the RX series to fit in seven people and discarded the third row from the LX series to fit in more cargo.

The new RX L series of models is here, aiming to deliver an alternative to those looking to ferry more passengers but not as much metal as in a fullsize minivan or SUV. Lexus has now managed to add a third row of seats to the popular RX 350 and 450h creations, without actually impacting the design, via the “mastery of vehicle packaging,” which includes a 4.3 inches extension to the rear and a different tailgate window. You can have either a standard seven-seat configuration or an optional second-row captain’s chairs on the 350L and standard on the 450hL, translating into easier ingress/egress and more space, but also only six seats. Apart from these modifications, the RX L remains the same as the standard RX models.

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Meanwhile, Lexus is killing off the option (if you want) of the third row in the 2018 LX570 in order to accommodate more cargo and just five persons on board. The modifications also mean the luggage capacity has been increased by 15 percent, while the new two-row model is also more accessible, starting at $86,175 (after $1,195 destination), against $92,370 for the standard model. The two-row 2018 LX 570 is good for 50.5 cubic feet of cargo against 44.7 cubic feet and there’s also a standard roof rack now. The model uses the same powertrain option – a 5.7-liter V8 good for 383 horsepower (286 kilowatts) and 403 pound-feet (546 Newton-meters) of torque, linked to an eight-speed automatic with low range and a four-wheel-drive system with a Torsen limited-slip center differential.