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2022 Lexus RX 450h L gets Black Line Edition treatment

It was only a matter of time before more Lexus vehicles got the Black Line treatment. First, the outgoing NX, five-seat RX, and the subcompact UX got it, now the three-row RX L joins that lineup. Yup, you read right, the 2022 Lexus RX 450h L will be available in the Black Line Edition just like its two-row sibling. You’ll need to act quick too if you want one because Lexus capped the production number to 495 units split between the RX450h L and its non-electrified sibling, the RX 350 L. Only 106 of those will have the hybrid powertrain.

What does the 2022 Lexus RX 450h L Black Line Edition add, you ask? A lot of blacked-out bits. You get a black spindle grille, black badges, black side mirror covers, black 20-inch alloy wheels, black lug nuts, and a black lower front bumper. That theme continues inside where you find black open-pore wood trim, black NuLuxe leatherette upholstery with blue contrast stitching, black floor mats, and a black key fob cover. You’ll also find the blue contrast stitching on the gear selector, steering wheel, and dash.

The RX 450h L Black Line Edition will also get the Premium package standard. That contains a memory function for the front seats and a sunroof. The RX 450h L already comes with a generous list of standard equipment, which includes dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 8.0-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, and keyless entry/start. Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, a suite of driver assistance features, is also standard. It contains forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard on the RX450h L.

Powering the 2022 RX 450h L is a 3.5-liter V6 coupled to two electric drive motors, a planetary gear set, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery. The total system output is 308 hp. EPA fuel economy ratings are 29/28/29 mpg city/highway/combined, a decrease of 2 and 1 mpg respectively on the city and combined cycles versus the two-row RX 450h.

Another key difference with all RX L models is that you can’t get it with the F Sport package, which is exclusive to the two-row models. That adds a different grille, unique exterior touches to make it look more menacing, F Sport dampers, and F Sport-specific alloy wheels. Inside, F Sport models add an F Sport steering wheel, an LFA-inspired gauge cluster, and aluminum interior trim. The F Sport Handling package is likewise unavailable meaning you’re not going to be able to get the adaptive variable suspension and the highly bolstered F Sport seats with heating and ventilation on a three-row RX L. On the other hand, the RX L is available in six- or seven-seat configuration and has more cargo space thanks to it being longer. Keep in mind, however, that the third row is incredibly small, meaning it’s best to reserve those for children, not adults.

Pricing for the 2022 Lexus RX 450h L Black Line Edition starts at $56,315. The crossover goes on sale at the end of July 2021.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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