LA Auto Show to feature the bigger seven-seat Lexus RX L image

The longer, the better, seems to be the transcript of the American SUV market – the Tiguan is there only in the extended-wheelbase version and the Atlas is going to be fighting the new Lexus RS L three-row version after it premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

There have been very long in the making reports about a bigger Lexus RX – and now the official confirmation is here through the company’s teaser that speaks of the arrival of the new RX 350L and RX 450hL in a duo of images that are anything but explanatory. We’ve actually witnessed the rumor mill break a chain on this one – the reports were suggesting the introduction was supposed to take place at home last month during the Tokyo Motor Show, but it seems Lexus feels more at home in America and has instead opted for the Los Angeles Auto Show venue.

We’ll now have to see if the reports about the new model using the same architecture of the current generation are a hit or a miss, though here it seems logical for the RX L version to simply arrive as an elongated standard RX. “The RX that paved the way for the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago will retain its stylish figure while also providing more flexibility for passengers,” promises the company. It’s also announcing the arrival of two versions – the gasoline RX 350L, and the hybrid RX 450hL. The former should be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 295 horsepower, while the latter features a combined output of 308 hp and possibly a return of 30 mpg on average.