Lexus is introducing the 2018 models of its luxury RX and LX sport utility vehicles, which start at $ 47,670 and $ 84,980 suggested, respectively.
What is it?
There are two RX models, the 350L and the 450 hl hybrid that combines a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with electric drive motor generators, producing a combination of 308 horsepower.
The new LX 570 traditionally had three rows of seats for up to eight people, but now offers two rows for seats up to five to provide 15% more cargo space (50.5 cubic feet) for a target audience that could include " smaller families, empty anonymous families and households with multiple vehicles. "
Why it's important
Lexus vehicles are among the most popular luxury SUVs, and the new models are meant to expand their reach by offering more seating and storage options, including the option of six or seven pbadengers in the RX and more cargo space in the LX.
"Some [customers] also wanted more versatility to take their dogs," said Lexus.
The RX 350L comes with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower, along with three driving modes and front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive configurations.
On the RX 450hL, there is a fourth driving mode that allows the SUV to drive with electric power only at lower speeds for short distances.
The RX luxury cabin has a screen available that can project key data onto the windshield, and the standard screen audio system includes an eight-inch screen, Bluetooth and nine speakers.
The LX 570 is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that emits 383 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission, giving the SUV a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
A series of safety features in the LX 570 includes pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, intelligent road lights and 10 airbags.
There is no emergence of rivals in luxury SUVs and cross markets, including the Cadillac XT5 and Escalade, the Audi Q7, the Lincoln MKX, the BMW X5, the Land Rover, the Porsche Cayenne Macan and the all-electric Tesla X model.
Details  Cars.com said that one of the "most significant changes" with the 2018 RX is that the Enust feature of Lexus security and service is free for the first 10 years of ownership, compared to the one year test offered previously. The system, among other things, sends badistance to the GPS location of the vehicle in case of theft, accident or other problem.