More Rumors on the Lexus Three-Row Crossover

The ongoing saga of the Lexus three-row crossover continues in this new Edmunds interview with Lexus USA marketing manager Brian Bolain:

It is coming,” Bolain said, although he would not provide a timetable.

“We have not settled [the name] internally,” he said during an interview at the Lexus RX event here. “I feel like we have an awful lot of equity in RX so I think the answer will probably sort itself like that. But we haven’t come to a conclusion.”

When asked if the five-seat model will be stretched to accommodate the third-row seat, Bolain said there is “nothing in terms of design that we can share yet.”

After a recent quote from RX chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda that a three-row RX crossover was “impossible”, it seemed this new model would stand alone with its own design and unique nameplate (possibly using the long-rumored TX).

However, the possibility now remains open that there may be both a five-seat RX and seven-seat RX-L, sharing the same overall design with a different rear shape to accommodate the additional row of seats.

In other words, even with all this information, we know nothing — nothing, that is, than the fact that three-row Lexus crossover is indeed on its way.

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  • M
    Mr. Pontiac
  • September 11, 2015
TX would be an unwise choice, don't you think, considering the very similar Acura model name. RX-L sounds good if it's based on the RL chassis. It trades on the popularity of the RX and signals that it is a similar vehicle.
  • D
  • September 11, 2015
Some brought up the interesting point of there being 5 SUVs. I don't know if Lexus can successfully support all those vehicles. As much as I like the GX and its place in the luxury market, if you're going to bring a 3 row crossover in, kill the GX or give it the nameplate of GX. The other option, is just offer the RX as an L model and stretch it out. You could keep the GX then. But I'm sure they've thought this all out already.
  • D
  • September 11, 2015
Am i the only one not a fan of the name TX? I don't know why but it just doesn't work for me. I'm not really a fan of the name NX either but now I'm used to it so maybe I'd get used to TX as well. I just think that making a stretched RX (named RX350l - just an example) would make more sense. It would boost the RX sales even more.
  • H
  • September 14, 2015
To me is Lexus falling behind its competitors a little bit when it comes to hybrid and electric engines. It has the most experience with it but it has not introduced any significant change to it in last decade. Today (9/14) was released E vision model from Porche which is fully electric with 440kw with 500km range. I dont whether I am not getting enough information but I hope I am wrong pretty soon.