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Lexus has launched its first seven-seat car in Europe with the RX L, a 110mm longer ver­sion of the lux­ury hy­brid SUV with a third row of seats. The rear­most seats are raised or stowed elec­tri­cally, while leather up­hol­stery and a new triple-zone air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, with con­trols for third-row pas­sen­gers, are stan­dard. The power tail­gate win­dow is steeper to cre­ate head­room for rear­most pas­sen­gers.

The 40/20/40 sec­ond row bench seat slides 150mm and is set higher to cre­ate good foot space for third-row pas­sen­gers. A lever on the outer sec­ond-row seats tips the seat­back for­ward and slides the bench to ac­cess the third row. Boot space grows from 453 litres to 495 litres with the third row of seats folded away.

The RX L has a 259bhp 3.5-litre V6 petrol en­gine and two elec­tric mo­tors for a to­tal 308bhp and 335Nm of torque, and a CVT au­to­matic gear­box. The en­gine and 165bhp elec­tric mo­tor drive the front wheels, a 68bhp elec­tric mo­tor the rear ones.

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