Report: All-New Lexus RX will not be Offered as Three-Row Crossover

Lexus RX chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda explains that while there is considerable dealer demand for a seven-seat crossover, it won’t be an RX with an extra row — from Australian website Car Advice:

“It’s depending on the market demand, and also as you say it is a fact that many of voices have requested us to do a seven-seater,” Katsuda said.

“But at this moment we have no schedule or I cannot say anything about a future project issue,” he said. “But such kind of request, and the voice is there. That is a fact.”

“But from the design, or technical design view point, it is, in principal, impossible because the third row seat makes the C-pillar or D-pillar areas have to be a little bit bulky, bulky or square,” he said.

This would suggest that should a three-row Lexus crossover come to market, it would be an all-new model — of course, this doesn’t explain the mysterious RX prototype spotted with its rear panels covered with camouflage.

One more interesting quote from the Car Advice story:

“We are not a practical brand – of course practicality of the car is needed, but practical image is not suiting for the Lexus, that is Toyota’s role,” Katsuda said.

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  • T
  • September 9, 2015
I'm not saying that this is bad news, however, I know MANY people that were really hoping for a 3rd row to be made available.
  • L
    Lexus Cohen
  • September 9, 2015
Well, that cleared things up.
  • F
  • September 9, 2015
I am glad to hear the RX will remain a two row vehicle. There are plenty of minivans and large SUVs out there with 3 rows. There is a reason the RX is Lexus' biggest seller. It's the perfect vehicle for many people. Also, many of of these 3rd rows that are coming out are useless for anyone except a small child.
  • I
  • September 9, 2015
Will Lexus build a RX to compete with the Tesla Model X?
  • M
    Michael Pannone
  • September 9, 2015
Please god base it on a RWD architecture. Honestly, basing it on the next gen LS/GS platform might make sense...? I know it's not likely....... but please.
  • D
  • September 9, 2015
I am still convinced the spotted mysterious RX is a mule for the three row crossover. Lexus doesn't understand the demand for a three row crossover and how well it'll help sales. They're losing sales because of it.
  • A
  • September 9, 2015
Don't be fooled by the fake demand. It similar to the demand that demands stick shift boxes when it made very few will buy it
  • J
  • September 10, 2015
I do wonder is there room for a 3rd row SUV in the Lexus line-up? We already have an NX now a new RX then GX then LX. I mean BMW only has the X5 for a third row. Audi just has the Q7. MB just has the GL. Lexus already has two models with a third row wouldn't a third just kind of be overkill? Just a thought.