Like most other motoring brands, Lexus is currently experiencing acute supply constraints. This didn’t deter it from recently announcing that orders for the new-generation Lexus LX can now be placed.
The Lexus flagship SUV range is offered with advanced twin-turbo charged V6 engines in both LX 500 diesel and LX 600 petrol guise. The derivatives include the first-ever F Sport and a new VIP Grade which offers unmatched levels of luxury, comfort and versatile seating configurations. A new naming guide goes along with the new model – LX 500d (previously LX 450d) and LX 600 petrol (previously LX 570). Both engines are mated to a newly developed Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission.
The full line-up comprises the LX 500d, LX 500d F Sport, LX 600 seven-seater, LX 600 F Sport and LX 600 VIP. All models come as five-seaters except for the LX 600 petrol grade, which boasts seven seats, and the ultra-luxurious four-seat VIP grade.
In terms of powertrain innovation, the LX’s environmental responsiveness is designed to result in approximately 20 percent CO2 reduction. To further contribute to a lower centre of gravity and improved weight distribution, the engine has been moved backwards by 70mm, and downwards by 28mm respectively. In addition to engine repositioning, the engine sound has also been enhanced. The new LX comes with a choice of two powertrains: a 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol and a 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel. These new engines provide better output and torque with elevated levels of refinement when compared to the outgoing model.
The new V6 twin-turbo petrol engine has a total output of 305kW and 650Nm of torque. The new diesel engine delivers 225kW of output and 700Nm of torque, which translates to an increase of 30kW and 50Nm respectively over its predecessor. The fuel consumption for the diesel is pegged at 8.3 litres/100km, while the petrol models consume 11.3 litres/100km. Top speed is limited to 210km/h.
The four-wheel drive system has been improved for outstanding capabilities in off-road conditions and consists of open front and rear differentials and a locking Torsen centre differential.
All-new, across-the-range technologies include the human-centred Tazuna cockpit concept with dual centre screens, an across-the-range BladeScan adaptive high-beam system and a 25-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Also available in all grades is a Lexus-debut fingerprint identification for engine start. Other convenient niceties include an across-the-range power and hands-free rear boot function, semi-aniline leather trim, Park Distance Control with Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and braking.
Safety is taken care of by the Lexus Safety System+ technology suite which includes: a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, front and rear parking support brake (PKSB) with obstacle and vehicle detection, blind-spot monitor (BSM), dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane tracing assist (LTA) and a tyre pressure warning monitor.
New across-the-range safety technologies include turn assist, which is helpful when negotiating tight corners. The driver can also activate the Turn Assist function which essentially applies brake force to the inside rear wheel to shorten the overall turning cycle of the vehicle.
An LX-first Emergency Steering Assist also works to aid the driver when executing an evasive steering manoeuvre by helping to maintain vehicle stability and keeping the vehicle in its lane.
Lexus South Africa says the all-new LX range will appeal to a broad set of customers interested in the luxury SUV segment. “As a leading luxury lifestyle brand, Lexus aims to give its customers the luxury of choice, and the all-new LX range does just that,” it states. With two powertrains, four model grades and three seating layouts to choose from, customers can choose the perfect variant to suit their lifestyle.
Every Lexus LX comes with the Lexus Warranty Experience, featuring an industry-leading seven-year/100 000km warranty.
Pricing for the range will be as follows:
– LX 500d R2 206 600
– LX 500d F Sport R2 215 200
– LX 600 R2 260 400
– LX 600 F Sport R2 247 000
– LX 600 VIP Grade R2 627 500