The Lexus LX offers ‘luxury that knows no limits’

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Lexus has just revealed its new flagship SUV and the second model (following the Lexus NX) in its next-gen lineup. The opulent full-size SUV will offer owners “luxury that knows no limits.”

One of the main features of the new LX include the new GA-F platform that ditches the traditional ladder-on-frame style in favor of a more fitting body-on-frame layout. Body-on-frame vehicles tend to be taller with higher ground clearance, providing true off-road capabilities.

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In addition to giving drivers a better lay of the land, the new platform improves the Lexus LX’s weight, collision safety performance, quietness, and driving quality on both paved roads and rugged terrains.

The new platform is complemented by a high-mounted double-wishbone suspension at the front and a highly reliable trailing-link axle-type suspension at the rear.

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Suspension stroke at the front end has been made sufficiently long with 15mm more rebound to achieve excellent road-following performance and rough-road driving performance. Meanwhile, the rear shock absorber has been placed outside the lower control arm, and the shock absorber mounting angle has been adjusted to match the angle at which the axle moves to provide excellent vehicle stability.

Power will come from an all-new high-output, high-torque, 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline mill mated to a Direct Shift 10-speed automatic. This powertrain setup achieves a maximum power output of 409hp and a maximum torque of 650Nm.

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Its mechanical components are accompanied by electronic updates that help optimize performance.

Lexus’s Multi-Terrain Select gives drivers six modes (Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock) to choose from allowing the LX to automatically adjust its performance depending on the road condition.

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Moreover, Lexus equipped the new LX with crawl control, downhill assist control, and an electronic differential lock.

“To meet the diversified lifestyles of our customers, we established the new LX's driving concept to be: ‘Ease and quality on any road in the world.’ We aimed to create a vehicle that, while possessing exceptional off-road performance, can be driven without hesitation on any road, whether in town, on the highway, or in a harsh environment, and that allows all occupants to travel in comfort,” said Lexus International Chief Engineer Takami Tokoo.

Tokoo added, “Also, to meet the diverse needs of our customers around the world, we are making available a four-seat Executive grade and an Off-road grade. Each trim level, including the standard model, embodies the fruits of the labor of the development team's passion and attention to detail. We invite you to experience the new LX on real roads, built by the hands and aspirations of real people.”

The Executive, or Ultra Luxury, features a new four-seater layout. A highlight of this variant is that the front seat can move forward while the seat behind it offers a 48-degree reclining angle promoting a neutral body posture as advocated by NASA.

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Additionally, the rear seat display behind the front passenger seat can be folded down to ensure forward visibility. This way, passengers get an ideal viewing angle while enjoying a maximum leg space of up to 1,000mm.

Of course, the Executive trim gets a plethora of luxurious amenities.

On the other hand, the Off-road trim — made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market — adds three differential locks (front, center, and rear), 18-inch tires with a high flatness ratio, and exclusive exterior features such as matte gray-painted wheels, black painted wheel arch moldings, and a dark gray metallic painted front grille.

The Lexus LX also features next-gen tech like the new Lexus Interface that is highlighted by a 12.3-inch upper touchscreen with an added LX-exclusive seven-inch lower touchscreen. The upper screen displays navigation, audio controls, and the Multi-Terrain Monitor during off-road driving while the lower screen shows the climate control screen and serves as a driving-support screen for Multi-Terrain Select.

The new, next-gen LX made its global premiere yesterday in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Toyota’s luxury division says that the LX will go on sale in the US and in Japan in early 2022.

Photos from Lexus

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