Lexus has unveiled its new, flagship SUV – the LX.
The new SUV is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in early 2022, with pricing for the model yet to be announced.
The LX in Japan will be sold in three specification grades – Standard, Executive, and Offroad – with one engine option available in the line-up.
What you need to know
The new Lexus LX, as with its sibling the Land Cruiser 300, is built on the manufacturer group’s GA-F platform – which saves around 200kg when compared to the outgoing LX, while also achieving a “digitally-developed high-rigidity body”.
The SUV’s ground clearance, and approach, departure, and breakover angles are then equivalent to the older model.
Along with the LX’s wheelbase of 2,850mm, the set-up provides “both rough-road driving performance and outstanding interior space.”
To further improve its off-road abilities, the newest iteration of the company’s Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control systems were installed, in addition to downhill assist control and a multi-terrain monitor that uses an array of exterior cameras to display a feed of what’s going on around the LX.
Multi-Terrain Select now incorporates auto, dirt, sand, mud, deep snow, and rock drive modes, as well as four-wheel high and low range gears.
Powering the Lexus LX is a 3.5-litre, V6, twin-turbo petrol engine that generates 305kW and 650Nm, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
No acceleration, performance, or fuel consumption figures have been made available yet.
This engine sits on an evolved AHC suspension system, which adjusts the ride height according to the terrain and now offers an expanded range of positions.
“AHC not only adjusts the vehicle height but also responds to changes in vehicle posture, such as the amount of pitch and roll, and it stabilizes vehicle posture during turning, acceleration, and deceleration by optimizing the spring rate as needed,” said Lexus.
Depending on the chosen specification, the LX will wear 18, 20, or 22-inch wheels.
For the Offroad trim, three electronic differential locks – front, centre, and rear – are standard, too, while the remaining models are fitted with front and rear diff-locks only.
Standard equipment on the inside of the new LX includes a fingerprint-authenticated push-start button, LED lights, a digital instrument cluster, the Lexus Safety System, 10 speakers, and a 7-inch and 12.3-inch dual-display infotainment setup with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi, voice control, navigation, and web browsing capabilities.
The Lexus Safety System driver assistance programme comprises a pre-collision warning system with emergency steering assist, lane tracing assist, dynamic cruise control, road sign assist, and adaptive high beams.
The new Executive grade is then differentiated by a four-seat cabin design with up to one metre of legroom for the rear seats.
“The rear seats, exclusive to the Executive grade, feature concave headrests, seatbacks, and cushions that gently wrap around the head, hips, and lower body,” said Lexus.
Furthermore, the Executive brings additional dome lights, a wireless charger, an upgraded speaker system, ceiling vents for the aircon, and rear-seat displays as standard.
A rear central display is included, too, allowing passengers at the back to control features like air conditioning, media, and seat tilt.