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Lexus LM rejected for Australia

The Lexus LM MPV is based on the Toyota Alphard - and just like that van, the premium-branded model won't be sold here.

The Lexus LM luxury MPV has been revealed at the 2019 Shanghai motor show - but don’t expect it to be in Australian showrooms anytime soon.  

Based on the Toyota Alphard, the choice of private transport for many wealthy people throughout Asia, the Lexus LM will be sold predominantly in Asian markets such as China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Alas for luxury MPV fans, Lexus Australia spokesperson Nick Raman told CarsGuide there were “no plans for introduction here” for the LM. 

The LM can be purchased in different seating configurations, including a four-seat layout. The LM can be purchased in different seating configurations, including a four-seat layout.

As predicted, the Lexus LM is a Lexus-styled version of the Alphard with the company’s massive ‘spindle’ grille, added side chrome, multi-spoke alloy wheels and redesigned tail-lights. 

Inside, however, is where the Lexus LM cements its status as a super-luxury product. The dashboard is similar to the Alphard but with the company’s touchpad-based multimedia system and horizontal air vents. 

The LM can be had with a divider and a 28-inch screen. The LM can be had with a divider and a 28-inch screen.

The rear of the LM can be had with either two or just one row of seating. Higher-end versions are available with just two rear captain’s chairs, a central partition for privacy, a 26-inch screen for entertainment and a small fridge for refreshments. 

Under the bonnet of the LM is the choice of two drivetrains: a 2.5-litre hybrid in the LM300h, or a 3.5-litre petrol V6 in the LM350. Both are available in either front- or all-wheel drive. 

The rear end of the LM takes a lot from the Alphard. The rear end of the LM takes a lot from the Alphard.

Despite numerous grey import Alphards and their ‘sportier’ Vellfire twins, making it to Australia, pricing overseas for the LM is likely to extend to around $200,000 depending on local taxes. 

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