It’s additionally one in every of Australia’s most imposing and all-round succesful luxurious 4x4s, as snug on the imply streets of Toorak and Vaucluse, as it’s traversing this broad brown land of ours.
The method for the LX’s creation stays the identical as ever, however subsequent to the outdated mannequin it represents an overdue generational change, with subsequent to nothing carried over.
A brand new body-on-frame platform, new downsized petrol and diesel engines with six cylinders relatively than eight, considerably extra inside tech, and height-adjustable suspension function. So too does a entrance grille that’s extra reflective of a diesel locomotive than a automotive.
But in Khaki Metallic Inexperienced with elective 22-inch wheels, few autos this facet of an American full-size pickup are extra imposing, or flip extra heads. And few promise to tow a luxurious caravan, thoroughbred float, or bowrider boat with such panache.
With reference to locomotives, there’s fairly the hype practice underway too. The brand new LX solely hit the market in April, but the shopper wait checklist already stretches past 12 months – such is the mix of sturdy demand and shorter-than-ideal provide.
Let’s stroll you thru it.
With a beginning value of $148,800 earlier than on-road prices, the Lexus’s entry level is an affordable sufficient $10,000 higher than the flagship LandCruiser Sahara ZX utilizing the identical engine, reviewed right here.
A $5500 Enhancement Pack for the bottom grade provides 22-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and a hands-free tailgate with kick sensor, and is fitted right here.
The model we’re driving right here is claimed base mannequin, bolded under.
2022 Lexus LX pricing:
- Lexus LX500d: $148,800 (plus $5500 for choices pack)
- Lexus LX600: $152,300
- Lexus LX500d Sports activities Luxurious: $165,800
- Lexus LX600 Sports activities Luxurious: $169,300
- Lexus LX500d F Sport: $171,800
- Lexus LX600 F Sport: $175,300
- Lexus LX600 Extremely Luxurious: $210,800
All costs exclude on-road prices.
The Lexus LX’s inside is not only a rebadged model of the LandCruiser’s, though it nonetheless appears to be like very totally different from something German. The corporate has gone to some lengths so as to add differentiation: by way of supplies and trims, in addition to shows.
Our check automotive matched its darkish inexperienced paint with tan-coloured, good-quality leather-based on the seats, door handles and armrests, and alongside the decrease parts of the sprint. The seats aren’t overly bolstered, however they’re plush and provide in depth (powered) changes.
When you’ve closed the door with a reassuring thunk, you’re introduced with a bespoke power-adjustable wheel with wooden grain and leather-based, and properly damped flush buttons which can be much less fiddly to function than these within the smaller Lexus NX.
There are additionally quite a few color themes obtainable for the inside gentle piping, which adjustments the night-time atmosphere drastically.
There’s a model-specific digital instrument cluster with nice decision, an analogue tachometer, and digital speedometer. For individuals who want a standard look, there are guide gauges for oil and water temperature, battery standing, and gas tank degree.
A big head-up show initiatives on the windscreen and reveals you pace, revs, the present pace restrict, and your lane-keeping help prompts.
Lexus hasn’t all the time been nice at cabin shows and user-friendliness. However I’ve fewer complaints across the new 12.3-inch touchscreen show, mounted excessive on the sprint, which is miles simpler to make use of than the irritating outdated trackpad gadget.
A vertical taskbar on the right-hand facet of the show shortcuts you to your foremost capabilities, and the loading instances and graphics appear suitably up-to-date. One critique is that at instances the design leaves quite a lot of empty display screen real-estate on the left-hand facet of the show.
All of it has a killer begin sequence, with blue particles whooshing alongside a black floor.
Lexus has embraced voice-control performance, with a command enabling you to do issues like up the cabin temperate (say “Hey Lexus, I’m chilly”), or open the moonroof (“Hey Lexus, open the sunroof”) – very very similar to Mercedes-Benz MBUX.
Over-the-air software program updates may also potential as a result of embedded Knowledge Communication Module, which may improve system performance over time.
There’s additionally an above-view digital camera mode that proves actually useful notably off-road, or when negotiating tight automotive parks in such an enormous beast – as I discovered pulling into our inner-Melbourne workplace.
Beneath the massive display screen sits a smaller 7.0-inch one with improbable graphics, which reveals suspension top changes, front- and rear-seat local weather menus, and even the brake/accelerator standing and G-forces for some motive. Sure, you may flip if off.
Beneath the air-conditioner controls are driving-related switches for the drive modes, excessive/low-range, off-road traction management, multi-terrain choose 4×4 modes, downhill help management and crawl management – paired to the display screen to supply a variety of read-outs.
Every LX can be fitted with a 25-speaker Mark Levinson audio system providing nice readability and definition, with speaker grilles completed in a particular sample resembling “the veins of a leaf”. It made for excellent firm on an extended night-time commute, taking part in a few of my extra sonically advanced Spotify playlists.
There’s loads of storage scattered about in fact, and a nifty side-opening centre console.
To the again seats. Foot room below the entrance seats is tight, however in any other case my 194cm physique had heaps of house behind my very own driving place, and the massive home windows (with pull-up blinds) actually lighten the atmosphere again there.
You get a centre flip-down leather-based armrest with inbuilt cupholders, rear vents with particular person temperature controls, and good lighting. The seat backs additionally recline in the event you’re feeling drained.
Not like the LandCruiser Sahara ZX, there’s a third seating row comprising two separate seats, which when not in use folds into the ground electrically – simply push a button and the seats stand up and down, saving you any tiresome arm workout routines.
Entry to them from the kerbside comes from pulling a lever close to the seat base, inflicting it to tilt and tumble. Getting in requires some gymnastics for adults (it’s actually extra kid-friendly) however there’s really grownup house as soon as located, tight headroom apart. There are additionally vents, overhead handles and USBs.
Approaching the powered tailgate at evening may be very theatrical on account of the gorgeous full-width LED gentle bar.
Boot house with 5 seats in use and the third row folded down is 982L VDA, however with the sixth- and seventh seats in play there’s not a lot room for baggage in any respect (174L). Definitely lower than a typical people-mover or MPV.
The boot comprises a 220V energy outlet too.
|Cargo house 5 seats||982L (VDA)|
|Cargo house 7 seats||174L (VDA)|
The LX500d mannequin as examined right here shares the LandCruiser’s 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel making 227kW (at 4000rpm) and 700Nm (between 1600 and 2600rpm).
Another choice is the $3500 dearer LX600 which makes use of a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol with 305kW and 650Nm – up 35kW and 120Nm on the outdated 5.7-litre V8.
Each LX500d and LX600 powertrains use a full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, with energy channelled via a 10-speed automated transmission. A switch case means correct low-range, and the centre Torsen diff locks.
A trailer wiring harness with towing hitch is fitted to all grades, and braked towing capability is 3.5 tonnes similar to the LandCruiser 300.
Claimed combined-cycle gas financial system for the LX500d diesel is 8.9 litres per 100km, nonetheless I averaged 9.9L/100km – nonetheless first rate for such an enormous barge. My drive loop was biased in the direction of freeway miles, nonetheless.
One potential gripe is the gas tank. The entire LX600 petrol fashions in addition to the five-seat LX500d Sports activities Luxurious and F Sport have 110L of gas storage, however the base LX500d right here solely has an 80L tank.
In case you’re somebody who’s shopping for this beast as the final word grand tourer, simply be mindful the truth that the driving vary– particularly if towing – would take successful.
The zero to 100km/h sprint for the LX500d diesel is 8.0 seconds, which is strictly one-second slower than the LX600 petrol.
|Displacement||3.3-litre twin-turbo V6|
|Energy||227kW at 4000rpm|
|Torque||700Nm at 1600-2600rpm|
|Gas financial system ADR||8.9L/100km (CE obtained 9.9L/100km)|
|Gas tank||80L (different grades 110L)|
|Drive sort||Everlasting AWD with low-range|
The expertise of wafting down a freeway within the LX500d is a little bit bit like take-off in an Airbus A380: issues are taking place however you’re nearly completely remoted from them.
Even with 22-inch wheels it dispatched each pace bumps and badly degraded nation roads with related ease, and the cabin noise ranges at 110km/h have been suitably muffled because of lively sound management – like noise-cancelling headphones.
It is a large, heavy automotive with no sporting aspirations, however simply attempt taking any German SUV (Mercedes G-Class apart) off the crushed path… Granted, the LX F Sport grade provides a rear Torsen LSD to regulate energy allocation, however it might probably solely achieve this a lot…
As we discovered within the LandCruiser 300, the brand new V6 diesel is an absolute belter, delivering a surge of energy and a deep reservoir of torque, which frankly places the outdated diesel V8 within the shade for my cash. It’ll tow 3500kg, and I reckon you’d barely discover that large van or boat trailing behind.
It’s not the ultimate phrase in refinement although, with a noticeable diesel grumble from outdoors at idle, however there’s a heap of inside sound-deadening to cut back that whenever you’re driving.
Some 10-speed transmissions really feel fussy and indecisive, affected by ratio choices paralysis. However I had no such reservations across the Toyota/Lexus ‘field.
The suspension contains adjustable damping, entrance double wishbones up entrance, and on the rear a four-linkage inflexible axle, with each ends having stabiliser bars. There’s additionally four-wheel multi-height suspension, and to my shock I may depart it in extra-tall mode past 4L speeds.
The peak management and adaptive suspension techniques use hydraulic strain in every wheel’s shock absorber to regulate automobile top and damping pressure to finest go well with the driving situations or the driving force choice.
For the peak management system, oil is distributed from the pump to the shock absorbers – which prolong and compress to regulate automobile top and spring power. It’s a slow-ish system, however nonetheless undeniably nice to look at and useful for cabin entry or rock-hopping at both excessive.
The LX’s suspension additionally options auto-levelling the place a constant automobile top will be maintained, no matter load situations together with variety of occupants, degree of bags and towing.
Drive is delivered to the street via a everlasting AWD system with a low-range switch case that’s 25 per cent faster than earlier than, and there are a number of varied terrain-specific modes together with Grime, Sand, Mud, Sand, Deep Snow and Rock.
Between these modes and the trick digital camera with an overhead ‘see via’ view, the LX does that Vary Rover factor of holding your hand when you waft over rugged terrain.
Stopping energy comes from enormous 354mm x 32mm entrance ventilated rotors with four-piston calipers, and 335mm x 20mm single-piston caliper rear rotors. This factor weighs a whopping 2690kg, and has a 3280kg GVM, so that you want some critical brakes.
There’s additionally a rack-assisted electrical energy steering system which allows a lane-centring perform that goes past the LandCruiser’s setup.
|Lexus LX500d||Toyota LandCruiser Sahara ZX|
|Working floor clearance||205mm||235mm|
|Strategy angle||22 levels||24 levels|
|Departure angle||22.8 levels||25 levels|
LX500d and LX600 highlights:
- 20-inch alloy wheels (22″ fitted as choice)
- Full-size spare wheel
- Tri-beam LED headlights
- Adaptive high-beam
- LED daytime working lights and tail lights
- Roof rails
- Rear privateness glass
- Illuminated facet steps
- Entrance and rear scuff plates
- Automated rain-sensing wipers
- Proximity key entry
- Powered tailgate
- Trailer wiring harness with built-in towing hitch receiver
- 12.3-inch central touchscreen
- 7.0-inch decrease display screen
- DAB+ digital radio
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 8.0-inch digital driver show
- Head-up show
- “Hey Lexus” pure speech recognition
- 25-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
- 5 x USB-C ports (1x entrance, 2x second row, 2x third row)
- 12V DC (entrance and rear) and 220V (rear) sockets
- Qi wi-fi charger
- Encompass-view digital camera
- Multi-terrain monitor
- 4-zone local weather management
- Leather-based upholstery
- 10-way driver and 8-way entrance passenger seat energy adjustment
- Heated entrance seats
- Seven seats
- Energy reclining and folding third-row seats
- ‘Shimamoku’ wooden trim
- Lexus Linked Companies with stolen automobile monitoring, automated collision notification and SOS name performance
Over-the-air software program updates are potential because of the automobile’s embedded Knowledge Communication Module, which may improve the system’s performance over time.
Six exterior colors can be found on the all-new LX, consisting of Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Liquid Metallic, Onyx, Graphite Black and Khaki Metallic – our automotive has the lattermost choice.
For the complete 2022 Lexus LX vary breakdown, click on right here.
The Lexus LX hasn’t but been crash examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, although the associated Toyota LandCruiser 300 Collection earned a five-star ranking earlier in 2021.
Customary security gear consists of:
- 10 airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian (day/evening) and bike owner (day) detection
- Intersection flip help
- Entrance and rear Parking Assist Brake with impediment and automobile detection
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise management with curve pace discount perform
- Lane departure warning
- Lane Hint Help (lively centring)
- Site visitors signal recognition
- Tyre strain monitor
- Emergency steering help
House owners get a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee, and likewise be part of Lexus’s Encore Platinum possession program.
It comes with three years of capped-price servicing, costing $595 for every of the primary six scheduled companies with shorter-than-average intervals of six months/10,000km. At the least Lexus does service pickups and drop-offs, and courtesy automobiles.
What does Encore Platinum get you? This story breaks it down in additional element.
The Lexus on Demand element means an invite to borrow one other Lexus as much as 4 instances throughout a three-year membership, for as much as eight days at a time: maybe an LC Convertible for a vineyard weekend, a UX300e to expertise EV driving, or an LS limo for a enterprise journey.
Vehicles will be booked via an app for assortment at Qantas valets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth airports, or in Auckland and Queenstown in New Zealand. Members may also guide a automobile for assortment at some Lexus dealerships.
The LX additionally has ‘Lexus Linked Companies’, which makes use of a knowledge management module within the automobile together with the Lexus app. Customers can lock and unlock the automobile doorways and boot remotely, flip the ignition on and off; and function the hazard lights, headlights buzzer and horn and so on.
When a mere LandCruiser 300 isn’t sufficient, the Lexus LX now gives a extra compelling bundle than ever. Sure it’s nonetheless in the end a barely glossier ‘Cruiser, however there’s extra differentiation this time.
This Japanese Vary Rover gives easy on-road efficiency and hauling, some legit 4×4 cred, and a suitably lounge-like inside – with seven seats.
It’s a commanding flagship for the model, and can little doubt broaden its enchantment.
Maintain a watch out for our assessment of the LX600 petrol, coming quickly, and remember to take a look at Paul’s walkaround video under.
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