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Lexus has ripped the covers of its Toyota LandCruiser-related LX large luxury SUV, revealing a hulking off-roader that will tackle the road less travelled in relative comfort and opulence.
Although the new LX is due to hit Australian showrooms sometime next year, key details like engine offerings, grades and pricing are still to be locked in.
Two V6 engines are available overseas – a 305kW/650Nm 3.5-litre twin-turbo-petrol in the LX600 and a 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel in the LX500d, which mirror what is on offer in the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series.
Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
In Australia, Toyota has opted to launch its LandCruiser with just the turbo-diesel engine, but Lexus could choose to continue offering petrol-power in its LX as a replacement for its 270kW/530Nm 5.7-litre V8.
From the outside, the 2022 LX wears Lexus’ signature three-dimensional spindle grille up front but with horizontal slats, as well as more upmarket touches like 20- or 22-inch wheels, but overall retains the boxy, rugged demeanour of the closely-related LC300.
Approach, departure and ramp-over angles are the same as before, meaning 25, 20 and 23 degrees respectively, while maximum wading depth is 700mm.
The Lexus’ Mulit-Terrain Select also allows drivers to switch between six driving conditions – Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock – and the new LX also comes with Crawl and Downhill Assist Control.
A surround-view Multi-Terrain Monitor is also an option, which can show underfloor images of the front and back of the car on the multimedia screen.
Speaking of, the 2022 Lexus LX makes use of a 12.3-inch display that includes voice commands, satellite navigation, 10-speaker sound system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility for multimedia duties.
Below the main display however, is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with controls for climate systems and Multi-Terrain Select drive modes.
Why have two screens though? Lexus says “dual screens allow the driver to display the camera image on the upper screen while simultaneously displaying vehicle status in real time on the lower screen”.
Lifting its tech game, the LX scores a quicker four-position active height control system and a fingerprint reader embedded into the push-button start, which won’t start the vehicle unless the fingerprint matches a set saved on file.
Befitting its premium badge, a four-seat VIP version is also on offer, while the sportier looking F Sport will also be introduced. Globally, both five- and seven-seat configurations are on offer.
In the VIP grade, the second-row features ergonomic seats with vibration absorption to keep passengers comfortable.
Sunshades, unique reading lights, a rear-seat display, extra air-conditioning vents and a second-row centre console are also on offer.
As for the F Sport, like on other Lexus models, the LX features a mesh spindle grille, blacked-out wheels, perforated leather steering wheel and shifter, and firmer seat side bolsters.
To improve driving dynamics, Lexus has also fitted the LX F Sport with performance shock absorbers, a Torsen limited-slip differential, rear stabiliser, and a unique tune for the electric power steering and adaptive suspension.
On the safety front, the LX is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ suite that includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with daytime cyclist detection and day/night-time pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and auto high-beam headlights.
Built on the GA-F platform, weight has dropped by around 100kg in the 2022 LX, while improvements to strength and rigidity are also being touted by the Japanese marque.