Lexus South Africa has confirmed the pricing and specifications for the new LX SUV, which is now available to order.
The range will be sold in five specifications, spanning two V6 engines and three specification grades, with the starting price coming in at R2,206,600.
For this new model, Lexus has changed the naming scheme compared to the outgoing generation and added two new trim levels in the form of the F Sport and VIP Grade.
South African specifications
Each new Lexus LX is sold with a five-seater cabin, except for the top-of-the-line LX 600 which is also offered with a seven-seater or ultra-luxurious four-seater layout.
Across all specifications, the LX is equipped with a dual centre-screen infotainment system, a 25-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, BladeScan adaptive high-beam LED headlights, fingerprint identification for the engine start button, a hands-free boot, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and park distance control with intelligent clearance sonar.
In the driver assistance department, the range further comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, front and rear parking support brake with obstacle and vehicle detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with braking, dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, turn assist, and emergency steering assist with evasive manoeuvring.
Stepping up to the F Sport trim brings sporty equipment that provides a “unique driving experience, particularly on winding roads,” said Lexus.
This includes a jet-black mesh grille, satin-plated mouldings across the front and rear, lower air intakes on the front grille, a front spoiler, exclusive White Nova exterior paint, and 22-inch forged alloy wheels – the largest-ever on an LX, said the manufacturer.
On top of this, the F Sport is fitted with a dimple steering wheel and shift knob, F Sport seats, aluminium sport pedals, front and rear-outboard seat heating, a heated steering wheel, a centre console cool box, a digital rear-view mirror, soft-close doors, and model-specific Black and Flare Red upholstery.
Where the mechanical additions for this derivate then come in is with an additional limited-slip differential, front and rear performance dampers, adaptive variable suspension, and a unique electric power steering tune.
The top-of-the-line VIP will now be the flagship model, and it gets the features to match.
In this LX, owners are treated to Black and Flare Brown leather, ceiling vents for an “air shower” during the summer and “air curtain” in the winter, extended massaging seats, 11.6-inch rear-seat infotainment systems for all rear-comfort seats, and 22-inch wheels.
Buyers who opt for the four-seater cabin will also receive independent, electrically-adjustable and heated/ventilated second-row seats with 860mm of legroom, a seatback with up to 48-degree recline, and an independently-adjustable ottoman with two-position memory.
The engines in the new LX have been moved backwards by 70mm and downwards by 28mm to achieve a lower centre of gravity and improved weight distribution when compared to the previous generation, in addition to this, the engine sound has also been enhanced, said Lexus.
In South Africa, the big SUV will be sold with either a 3.5-litre, V6, twin-turbo petrol; or a 3.3-litre, V6, twin-turbo diesel motor.
The petrol motor generates 305kW and 650Nm, achieves a combined fuel consumption of 11.3l/100km, and boasts an electronically-limited top speed of 210km/h.
For the diesel, these figures come in at 225kW and 700Nm, 8.3l/100km, and 210km/h.
The four-wheel-drive system has been reworked for improved capabilities in off-road conditions with open front and rear differentials as well as a locking centre differential, and power is directed to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The South African pricing and model line-up for the new Lexus LX is as follows:
- Lexus LX 500d – R2,206,600
- Lexus LX 500d F Sport – R2,215,200
- Lexus LX 600 – R2,260,400
- Lexus LX 600 F Sport – R2,247,000
- Lexus LX 600 VIP Grade – R2,627,500
Each model is sold with a 7-year/100,000km Lexus Warranty Experience.
The LX can now be ordered in South Africa, but “please note that like all motoring brands at present, Lexus is experiencing acute supply constraints,” said the manufacturer.