Just as the all-new Lexus NX is largely based on the Toyota RAV4, so does the new Lexus LX compare to the recently redesigned Toyota Land Cruiser. The technical basis is almost identical, but the elaboration is a bit more elegant. The Lexus LX is a true all-terrain vehicle, but behaves like a premium SUV. The body design is also largely the same, except for the reworked front and rear. The third row of sides and the c-pillars also get a slightly different design.
Inside, the differences between the Toyota Land Cruiser and this Lexus LX are a lot bigger. And not only because of the better finish and the higher quality materials, but also because of the rear seat configuration. You will find two individually adjustable captain’s seats that you usually associate with a luxury limousine. Extra cooling slots in the roof lining ensure that the temperature remains optimal, even when you tear through the desert. Those who cherish Dakar aspirations should have the sporty tuned F-Sport with additional Torsen rear differential.
Less weight, more power
The new TNGA-F architecture on which the Lexus LX is built provides a weight reduction of 200 kilograms compared to its predecessor. Its naturally aspirated 5.7 liter V8 has to make way for a V6 biturbo with a displacement of 3.5 liters, a peak power of 410 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. That power is put on all four wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission. The air suspension not only provides the necessary comfort, but also extra ground clearance for better off-road work. The Lexus LX inherits a lot of 4×4 functionality from the Toyota Land Cruiser, including its crawl function and descent assist.
The now fourth generation of the Lexus LX will debut in the United States in the spring of 2022, for the time being there are no plans to ship the premium Toyota Land Cruiser to Europe.