Lexus has globally revealed the all-new LX as the second model of the next-generation range of Lexus, following the NX.

Lexus says the new LX embodies the brand’s commitment to meeting the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers while providing an elegant travelling sensation and exceptional driving experience.

“As the flagship SUV of the Lexus brand the new LX is a significant model in our range,” says Andrew Davis, Lexus New Zealand General Manager.

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“The new LX has a striking new exterior design, a new vehicle platform and has a full update of driver and vehicle technology. The new platform also enables us to launch an all-new powertrain for LX as we continue to focus on the right powertrains for all customer needs.”

“It is not often that you get to launch new vehicles like LX, so we are really excited to bring it to the New Zealand market. Lexus New Zealand is also focused on reducing the CO2 emissions across our whole fleet and the new LX is no different, with an 11% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the previous model*,” he says.

Since its launch in 1996, the LX has the high-level quality and refinement that customers have come to expect of the Lexus brand, Andrew says. With ease and quality on any road in the world, driveability and ride comfort a focus for the Lexus engineers.

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The all-new LX is approximately 200kg lighter and is on the GA-F platform giving it an increased rigidity through the body of the vehicle. The reduction in bodyweight improves responsiveness and fuel consumption.

Utilising Lexus’ next generation design language throughout the proportions of the new LX, the design focuses on harmonising functionality and elegance, Lexus says.

The new LX will be available with a 3.3-litre V6 diesel twin-turbo engine with 227kw power output and 700Nm torque. Electronically controlled brakes (ECB) and an electric power steering system (EPS) are also adopted to ensure customers will be able to enjoy Lexus-unique driving performance to the fullest, both on-road and off-road.

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In harsh off-road environments, to promote a safer and more comfortable driving experience, the instrument panel features dual display with a 12.3-inch upper screen and 7-inch lower screen view which displays the area beneath the rear part of the vehicle as well as 22” wheels, which are the largest factory equipped wheels Lexus produces. Among other featured technologies, Lexus’ first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch contributes to reducing the risk of theft. It will be available in both a seven and five seat configuration.

Since its launch in 1996, the LX has sold a cumulative total of approximately 500,000 units in more than 50 countries and regions as of the end of August 2021. In New Zealand, LX sales to the end of September 2021 were 687.

The all-new LX will be revealed locally at the beginning of 2022 with further information about line-up and pricing available closer to the local reveal.

*Based on the average CO2 for LX sales over the last 12 months

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2022 LEXUS LX: MAIN PRODUCT FEATURES OF THE ALL-NEW LX

Achievement of evolution toward high-quality driving through renewed characteristics. The new GA-F platform has been adopted for the first time by Lexus in pursuit of an ideal inertia factor. The vehicle’s front/rear centre of gravity has been optimised by placing the massive engine further back. In addition to downsizing the massive engine and employing a lighter new Active Height Control (AHC) suspension, the roof material, which is high above the vehicle’s centre of gravity, has been replaced with lightweight aluminium. This has resulted in a thorough lowering of the centre of gravity and a weight reduction of approximately 200 kg. The power plant is a newly employed 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine, that achieves high-quality driving performance.

On-road driving performance in pursuit of the Lexus Driving Signature. The newly developed high-output and high-torque twin-turbo engine generates seamless and linear acceleration from the very start of pressing on the accelerator pedal.  The first-ever use of EPS and the application of structural adhesives in the body achieve a straightforward response for both steering and use of the accelerator pedal.

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Refined off-road driving performance. The 2,850 mm wheelbase, which has been inherited since the first generation, and the ground clearance angles (approach angle, departure angle, and ramp break angle), which are equivalent to those of the previous model, provide both rough-road drive-through performance and a high-quality interior space. In addition to the evolution of Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control, various latest technologies have been introduced to support off-road driving, such as a Multi-Terrain Monitor function and a dual display.

For customers who want to enjoy a sporty driving experience on winding roads and elsewhere, the F SPORT grade features special tuning of the EPS and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), allowing the driver to experience the linear response of the vehicle.

2022 lexus lx drivelife

Proportions in line with Lexus’s next-generation design language, which harmonizes functionality and elegance. The “unchanging golden ratio” creates an appearance that combines sophistication with a powerful and overwhelming presence befitting a flagship. The new spindle grille, which pursues the new, function-rooted design language of the next generation of Lexus, is three-dimensional and chrome-frame-free, accentuating its sense of unity with the body and expressing a sense of mass while fulfilling functions such as cooling and rectification efficiency. Based on the Tazuna Concept, which generates dialogue between driver and vehicle, display and other switches are arranged to create a cockpit space that allows the driver to control the vehicle at will with minimal posture change, even on rough roads.

Advanced safety technologies and enhanced convenience based on a human-centered approach. Lexus’s first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch reduces the risk of theft. Adoption of the latest in multimedia systems provides even greater convenience. The functions of the Lexus Safety System +, which contributes to safe and secure driving, have been expanded.

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2022 LEXUS LX: TAKAMI YOKOO, CHIEF ENGINEER, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL

“To meet the diversified lifestyles of our customers, we established the new LX’s driving concept to be: ‘Ease and quality on any road in the world’.

We aimed to create a vehicle that, while possessing exceptional off-road performance, can be driven without hesitation on any road, whether in town, on the highway, or in a harsh environment, and that allows all occupants to travel in comfort. To raise its re-innovated basic elements to a high level of quality, we focused on ‘real roads’ and ‘aspiration’.

2022 lexus lx drivelife

We refined the LX’s traditional off-road performance through repeated “breaking and fixing” on harsh road, and our development team and drive-meisters worked together to refine on-road performance through an uncompromising approach to building in the ‘Lexus Driving Signature’, which provides a unique Lexus driving sensation that delivers linear response faithful to the driver’s intentions. In doing so, we have achieved the highest level ever of compatibility between these two contradictory elements of vehicle performance. Each trim level, including the standard model, embodies the fruits of labour of the development team’s passion and attention to detail. We invite you to experience the new LX on real roads, built by the hands and aspirations of real people.

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