Three-Row Lexus RX to Debut Next Year?

Lexus RX 2016 Family

Nestled in the Autoblog coverage of the new 2016 Lexus RX is a surprising statement:

What the new RX doesn’t yet have, but we’re told is on the way, is a third row of seats. The added versatility of a seven-passenger version should broaden the appeal of the RX to a wider audience. Expect to see the RX 350 and RX 450h in showrooms by the end of the year, with the three-row version coming sometime in 2016.

From the NX to the RX, Lexus has a very clear design strategy — at this point, I doubt anyone will be surprised with the eventual release of a larger three-row seven-passenger crossover.

That said, I do wonder about the timing, and whether this new crossover will just be a three-row version of the RX. Consider the existing lineup in 2016 with two relatively new crossovers (NX & RX) and the rumoured update to the LX, and it might be worth waiting another year.

What do you think, will Lexus release large crossover in 2016? And should it be an extended RX or a model all of its own?