While the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series rumour mill is going into overdrive, the first details regarding its incoming Lexus LX twin have been reported, and there’s some big news on the engine front: a twin-turbo V8 petrol.
As reported, the LandCruiser 200 Series recently lost its 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre naturally aspirated bent eight and its 300 Series successor won’t be going back to the V8 well, as a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 will instead be the sole petrol engine option.
Conversely, the current LX has persisted with a naturally aspirated bent eight of its own, a 270kW/530Nm 5.7-litre unit, which Allcarnews reports will be replaced by a twin-turbo V8 in the new model, as per a leak from a recent Lexus dealer conference.
However, this bent eight won’t be the only petrol engine on offer in the next LX, as the aforementioned 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 will allegedly also be available, albeit in hybrid form, with the electrified powertrain to be shared with the LandCruiser 300 Series.
Either way, the report claims the next LX will seriously up the luxury ante by endeavouring to compete with the Bentley Bentayga, which currently costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more.
This upmarket push is at odds with Toyota’s plans for the LandCruiser 300 Series, which will “lose any sort of luxury focus in favour of hardcore off-roading”, according to the report (see separate story below).
Like the LandCruiser 300 Series, the upcoming LX is expected to use a ladder-frame version of Toyota’s ubiquitous TNGA platform and come with a four-wheel-drive system only when it is released in 2022.