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Good point, weird how I didn't think about that.
Now going with that point, it would make sense to upscale the RX a bit and in the process adjust its design accordingly, maybe even diluting some of its sportiness in the process.

But this also begs to question what the next generation Lexus LX will be like..
LX will always have body-on-frame and solid rear axle. This is because Land Cruisers abroad must have these due to the terrain that they are driven on.

GX is the only unknown at this point. Next gen GX may be based on Highlander/Camry platform. But, IMHO, this won't be the case. Equally cheap, it can be based on next gen 4runner platform. If latter, then the bigger question is...what is the next 4runner gen be like? Right now, it is body-on-frame with solid rear axle. Could the next gen 4runner be more like Jeep Grand Cherokee (unibody with independent suspensions)? If so, then it will be more space-friendly and allow for bigger 3rd row that folds flat. This new 4runner platform will be different from Highlander because it will be REAR wheel drive platform with room for true transfer case and more robust underpinnings (e.g. for off-roading and towing).
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2016 Lexus RX First Look by MotorTrend

For those interested, read on. Full article in the link below.


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Allow me to crib from the SAT's analogy section for a sec: The RX is to Lexus as the F-150 is Ford. In the Lexus brand's 26 short years of existence, the company has sold more than 2.1 million vehicles. Of those 2.1 million, about 630,000 (or three in 10) are examples of the highly successful Lexus RX. In short, it's a big freaking deal. It's with those facts in mind that Toyota has gone back to the drawing board, seeking to evolve the 2016 Lexus RX in such a way to appeal to its existing customers while widening its popular appeal. Unveiled today at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus RX doesn't mess with its successful package too much. The crossover's largest changes are to its physical dimensions. Sharing its basic platform with the Toyota Highlander, the 2016 RX's wheelbase grows 1.9 inches from the 2015 model to 107.9 inches. The 2016 RX's overall length grows, too, increasing 4.7 inches to 192.5 inches. With more sheetmetal to work with than before, Lexus sought to make the RX look sportier, achieving the effect with a more aggressive roofline, blacked-out C-pillars, and muscular front fender flares that flow through the length of the RX's flanks. Up front is Lexus' familiar spindle grille -- it gets a mesh treatment on F-Sport models -- and LED running lights, foglights, and available "triple L"-shaped headlights. In back, the new RX sports LED taillights and dual-exhaust pipes on V-6 models.

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supposedly there's a third row in the pipe...

https://lexusenthusiast.com/2015/04/...but-next-year/

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What the new RX doesnt yet have, but were 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.
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That would make sense
Plus it helps them tap into the Infiniti JX's crowd along with any others.



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IMO, it seems the roof line would have to change (less slope) to get another row of seats. Also, there doesn't appear to be much room aft of the rear doors for third row seating. Lexus may be following the Nissan Murano lead and not offer third row seating for the RX, the logic being if you want the extra row, go to a longer platform where there is greater space for it. Luxury is not being shoe horned in the third row.
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IMO, it seems the roof line would have to change (less slope) to get another row of seats. Also, there doesn't appear to be much room aft of the rear doors for third row seating. Lexus may be following the Nissan Murano lead and not offer third row seating for the RX, the logic being if you want the extra row, go to a longer platform where there is greater space for it. Luxury is not being shoe horned in the third row.
That's if they really want to make it as roomy as possible without sacrificing cargo space or anything. How they end up gong about this will be interesting.



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Agreed. Time will reveal how Lexus will handle a third row seat.
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Looking a the RX again, to make the disappearing roof blend in better, i'd black out the chrome trim on the side and fortunately there's nothing else aside from that in chrome on the side.





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Today, my NX had it's 5,000 mile scheduled maintenance done. While picking it up at the dealership two 2016 RX SUV's got delivered, white and black. Neither were F-Sports. I checked out the black RX and it was nice but I like my NX better.
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