Lexus prepares modern 7-seat crossover to augment popular RX 350
Lexus will soon morph the current RX 350 crossover into a 7 passenger vehicle to the delight of Lexus dealers in the US. Dealers have been frustrated that Lexus has no crossover that can carry seven, and they know they are missing out on lots of business as a result. The forums we participate in have frequent comments from dealers on the subject.
When we began reporting last year on what has become the new Lexus NX 200t and NX 300h, one of the first things we mentioned was that this new 5 passenger crossover will make it possible for the RX 350 to grow to become a 5 plus 2, seven passenger crossover. It could even be stretched to hold eight, but we seriously doubt that due to styling issues.
The current RX 350 is Lexus’ top selling vehicle and one of two bread and butter vehicles that Lexus relies on. The other is the ES 350. The current sales rate of the Lexus RX 350 and its hybrid sibling total about 96,000 units per year in the US. The Lexus RX matches the sales rate of BMW’s X3 and X5 combined. It also sells nearly as well as Mercedes’ ML, GLK, and GL sport utility vehicles combined. To say the RX 350 is important to Lexus is an understatement.