Before you grump away about this new Japanese seven-seat crossover being another me-too product, it’s worth recalling that Toyota invented this entire crossover SUV style in 1997 – though admittedly, that could be both a good and a bad thing. The first RX (badged as the Harrier) wasn’t a particularly happy looking thing, resembling more of an late night sleeping-bag fumble between a buxom Land Cruiser and a randy saloon, but it was comfy and reliable and the Yanks loved it. So much so that the Germans piled in and latterly everyone’s got an SUV crossover in their brochure. In the last 21 years, Lexus has sold 2.7 million RX models through four generations, with 250,000 finding owners in Europe. The British appetite for these big, luxurious SUVs is modest but growing. Lexus marketers reckon that total UK sales, which were 50,000 last year, will rise to 70,000 in 2020. But it’s dominated by seven-seaters like Volvo’s XC90, which takes over 46 per cent of the family market where children are aged between three and nine years. Pioneer it might be, but the five-seat RX has just nine per cent of that market. It doesn’t take the combined genius of Sherlock Holmes,… Read full this story
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