Australian specifications for the new Lexus LX have been confirmed ahead of its arrival in April, with the Japanese car maker’s flagship SUV set for the choice of petrol or diesel advanced twin-turbocharged V6 engines.
The first-ever F Sport and Ultra Luxury grades, and the availability of three seating configurations, will also feature. The range includes the LX 500d and LX 600 seven-seat variants, and the LX 500d F Sport and LX 600 F Sport five-seat variants.
An LX 500d Sports Luxury and LX 600 Sports Luxury five-seat variant, and the flagship LX 600 Ultra Luxury four-seat variant will also be offered. New technologies include the human-centred Tazuna cockpit concept with dual centre screens.
“Hey Lexus!” natural speech recognition, a BladeScan adaptive high-beam system and a 25-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound system are also standard, with the debut of fingerprint identification for engine start on some grades.
Lexus’ 3-year ownership program is also included, with Lexus on Demand, and eight valet parking passes to use at select Westfield shopping centres and Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne.
The LX 600 Ultra Luxury becomes the new range topper, combining the acclaimed Lexus LS-derived 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine – offering 305kW of power and 650Nm of torque – with an opulent, exclusive four-seat cabin layout.
Independent, electrically adjustable and heated/ventilated second-row seats deliver 860mm of legroom, a seatback with up to 48-degree recline, an independently adjustable ottoman with two-position memory, and a five-stage massage function.
All seat functions, rear wireless smartphone charging, and controls for the four-zone climate control and twin 11.6-inch rear displays – with HDMI, Miracast or Wi-Fi compatibility – are accessed through the centrally located rear control panel.
Walnut brown ornamentation and sumptuous leather upholstery – available in new Sunflare trim – further complement the stylish and opulent Ultra Luxury interior. The LX F Sport and LX Sports Luxury grades add a fifth seat.
The option of an advanced 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine delivering 227kW and 700Nm is available on these variants.
F Sport and Sports Luxury highlights shared with the Ultra Luxury include front and rear-outboard seat heating and ventilation, a heated steering wheel, centre console-mounted cool box, a digital rear-view mirror, and soft-close doors.
The F Sport raises the presence of the all-new Lexus LX with a prominent jet-black grille featuring a mesh pattern and a black-plated grille frame. Satin-plated moulding is featured across the front and rear of the vehicle, and standard are 22-inch forged alloy wheels.
It continues a focused, dynamic theme inside with Hadori aluminium ornamentation, aluminium pedals and scuff plates, perforated leather-accented steering wheel and gear shifter, and sports seats with exclusive upholstery colours.
Likewise, it delivers the sharpest focus on the Lexus Driving Signature, featuring a rear Torsen limited-slip differential, front and rear performance dampers (bracing), adaptive variable suspension and a unique electric power steering tune.
The Sports Luxury evokes dignified sophistication with unique 22-inch forged alloy wheels and a powerful spindle grille composed of floating lateral bars that form a 3D shape – shared with all non-F Sport model grades.
It debuts ‘Takanoha’ ornamentation, hand-crafted by the Lexus Takumi, featuring a three-layer wooden mosaic technique to create an impression reminiscent of hawk feathers. The Sports Luxury also shares the twin 11.6-inch rear screens with the Ultra Luxury.
Opening the extensive Lexus flagship SUV range, the LX 500d and LX 600 feature 20-inch alloy wheels, seven seats with power adjustable third-row, and tri-beam LED headlamps with BladeScan.
The LX 600 and LX 500d specification highlights include four-zone climate control with NanoeX, leather-accented seats with Shimamoku wood ornamentation, 10-way driver and 8-way front passenger seat power adjustment, and heated front seats.
A 25-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound system also features. Every Lexus LX includes a suite of advanced infotainment technologies featuring two central screens – a 12.3-inch touch-display and 7.0-inch display.
Both are complemented by an 8.0-inch driver display and a colour head-up display. Along with voice control, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and wireless smartphone charging is standard across the range.
The advanced Lexus Safety System+ technology suite includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, front and rear parking support brake with obstacle and vehicle detection, and blind-spot monitor.
Dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, road sign assist and a tyre pressure warning monitor are also included, as are intersection turn assist, and emergency steering assist. Updated Lexus Connected Services also feature.
Every LX also utilises four cameras placed around the vehicle to provide unobstructed views of the vehicle surrounds, clearly identifying potential hazards. The multi-terrain monitor can offer front, rear, panoramic and even ‘see-through’ views.
The LX also advances the flagship SUV’s reputation for significant off-road capability with Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock modes, and active height control suspension with Normal, High 1 and High 2 settings.
Both LX 500d and LX 600 powertrains use a full-time all-wheel-drive system, with power channelled through a 10-speed automatic transmission with a low-range transfer case. A trailer wiring harness with towing hitch is fitted to all grades.
The new LX range has a 3500kg braked towing capacity, and thanks to the new Global Architecture-F (GA-F) platform, there’s improved torsional rigidity, reduced weight, and improving front-to-rear weight distribution.
Pricing details will be revealed closer to the arrival of the Lexus LX in Australia.