Lexus LM sets new benchmark for personal luxury

Lexus has introduced a new level of opulence, comfort and hybrid performance to the luxury mover segment, with the arrival of the LM in Australia. Available exclusively with hybrid powertrains, it comes in two configurations.

The seven-seat LM 350h Sports Luxury, which is perfect for families and executive transport, offers a level of refined craftsmanship and comfort unlike any other seven-seat vehicle. It’s set to be priced at $160,888 plus on-roads in front-wheel drive guise.

Its all-wheel drive sibling, which gains a second electric motor on the rear axle, will be available from $165,888 (again plus on-roads). Both are powered by a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine with a high-output electric motor for a combined output of 184kW.

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It will be joined in early 2024 by the flagship LM 500h Ultra Luxury, a four-seater, and the ultimate expression of Takumi Japanese craftsmanship and omotenashi hospitality, with rear-seat comfort comparable to executive jet travel.

The LM 500h Ultra Luxury features a 2.4-litre petrol engine and provides turbocharged hybrid performance with a peak output of 273kW and 460Nm from its DIRECT4 all-wheel drive powertrain.

It’s priced from $220,888 plus on-road costs and offers an incredible range of luxurious features, leaving nothing to option. Regardless of the variant, the LM is identified by its distinctive exterior design, including a new take on the Lexus Spindle concept.

It features a frameless colour-matched grille blending into the vehicle’s body and matching the sharply styled LED headlights. 19-inch multi-spoke aluminium wheels provide a dynamic and expressive profile.

The LM’s rear is framed by an LED tail-light strip running across the width of the tailgate, before turning upwards at the outer edges. Inside, the driver and front seat passenger are treated to semi-aniline leather-accented seats with heating and ventilation.

A 14-inch multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is joined by a 12.3-inch instrument display, colour head-up display and Takumi-inspired ‘Yabane’ woodgrain ornamentation.

The interior highlight though is the second row, with both offerings equipped with supple L-aniline leather-accented captain’s chairs. These feature ottomans (which are heated), full recline and massage function, heating and ventilation (with heated armrests).

It’s all managed through individual removable smartphone-like controllers too. An extended overhead console, also finished in Yabane woodgrain, houses a 14-inch rear-seat entertainment system on LM 350h grades.

Meanwhile, LM 500h variants sport a partition separating the first and second row, providing a cabin exclusively for the two rear occupants. The partition includes a world-first 48-inch widescreen display.

This can be used for watching movies or taking conference calls, and can be configured as a single display or split for use between each rear occupant. That’s paired with a 23-speaker Mark Levinson Reference 3D surround sound system.

The Lexus LM is available in Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Graphite Black, Scarlet Crimson – all with either Black or Solis White upholstery. For more info, contact your local Lexus dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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