A few weeks ago Toyota introduced the LC300 into the local market. That SUV is the range-leader of Toyota’s SUV portfolio. Not to be outdone, the company’s luxury arm debuted the all-new Lexus LX this week. This is the first, completely new LX is over a decade. Lexus SA has confirmed that the new model will go on sale in Q1 of 2022.
Large and in charge
The Lexus LX will be immediately recognisable thanks to its stand out appearance. It boasts a massive ‘spindle’ grille up front flanked by modern-looking headlamps. A sportier F-Sport spec has a mesh grille and black trim instead of chrome. At the rear there is a full-width taillamp cluster. Alloys that measure 22 inches in diameter help break up the slab-sidedness of the massive vehicle.
Ladder frame chassis
The new Lexus LX is based on Toyota’s GA-F modular architecture which means it features body-on-frame construction. Utilising this construction method allows for extreme off-road capability by the four-wheel-drive vehicle. The new platform is 200 kg lighter than before.
A Multi-Terrain Select system has six-modes (Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock) and low-range gearing. There is also Crawl Control and Downhill Assist Control and a Multi-Terrain Monitor that can capture images from the front, side and rear cameras. These images are then displayed on the vehicle’s infotainment screen so the driver can safely tackle new terrain.
Powering the new Lexus LX range are two, twin-turbo V6 engine options. The petrol-fed version (code: V35A-FTS) produces 305 kW of power and 650 N.m of peak torque. The diesel version (code: F33A-FTV) produces 227 kW and 700 N.m of twist effort. Both options are mated with 10-speed automatic transmissions.
High-tech and roomy
In keeping with its range-leading credentials the Lexus LX is luxurious and roomy inside. Leather and other high-quality materials abound. The multimedia system boasts wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 10-speaker sound system is standard and a 25-speaker Mark Levinson option is also available..
A long wheelbase, of 2 850 mm, creates plenty of legroom front and rear. The cabin can also be configured with a VIP seating option. Tick that box and two individual chairs take up the rear of the cabin. These electrically adjustable items can be reclined up to 48 degrees and have footrests. The VIPs seated in the rear can also make use of the fold-away screens, window shades, ceiling-mounted air conditioning and reading lights.