Lexus is preparing to unveil its version of the recently revealed Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, with the fourth-generation LX upper-large SUV set to make its big debut later this year, potentially with a unique twin-turbo petrol V8 under the bonnet.
As part of the second-generation NX mid-size SUV’s online reveal over the weekend, Lexus confirmed it would premiere another new model in the second half of 2021, with the all-but-confirmed LX teased at the time wearing a somewhat transparent cover.
Looking closely, the similarities between the LandCruiser 300 Series and LX are obvious, down to their boxy shapes and large wheels, although the latter does separate itself up front with Lexus’s signature ‘spindle’ grille and boomerang-style daytime running lights.
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Of course, the LX’s official reveal will have to wait for another day, but in the meantime, the LC300 provides plenty of clues of what to expected, so be sure to check out our coverage of its launch above.
But before you do, it’s worth noting the LX might not follow the LC300’s lead when it comes to engine options, with the latter to be internationally available with 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre diesel and 305kW/650Nm 3.5-litre petrol twin-turbo V6s from its release.
Instead, the LX is widely rumoured to offer Lexus’ new 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, with Spanish forum Cochespias publishing an alleged screenshot of a leaked internal document, which lists the trademarked LX600 nameplate and yet-to-be-seen VJA310R engine code.
Of course, time will tell if the LX does indeed up the ante over the LC300, but given Lexus’ latest bent eight is tipped to punch out up to 493kW of power in F performance models, it could make the former quite the beast. Stay tuned.