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The new LX features a comprehensive list of luxury and safety features. Picture: SUPPLIED
The new LX features a comprehensive list of luxury and safety features. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA customers can start placing orders for the new-generation Lexus LX, the luxury brand's flagship SUV. Do note that Lexus is also experiencing acute supply constraints due to all the global turmoil happening right now and the earlier your place your order, the sooner the delivery.

The flagship Lexus LX will be offered in a five-model range, including the first-ever F Sport treatment and a new VIP Grade. A new naming guide sees the LX 500d (previously LX 450d) and LX 600 petrol (previously LX 570). Don't be alarmed, this denotes a 3.5l V6 twin-turbo petrol with 305kW and 650Nm in the LX600 and a 3.3l V6 twin-turbo diesel with 225kW and 700Nm in the LX500d. Both engines are mated with a newly developed Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel consumption is pegged at 8.3l/100km for the diesel and 11.3l /100km for the petrols. Top speed is limited to 210km/h in both models and they feature an improved four-wheel drive system with open front and rear differentials and a locking Torsen centre differential.

The line-up comprises the LX 500d, LX 500d F Sport, LX 600 seven-seater, LX 600 F Sport and LX 600 VIP. All models come as five-seaters except for the LX 600 petrol grade which boasts seven seats or a luxurious four-seat VIP grade.

The latter model boasts ceiling air vents, a rear multi-information panel equipped with an 11.6-inch touch screen, adjustable and heated/ventilated individual leather upholstered seats with massage options inside with 860mm of legroom. The seat backs have up to a 48-degree recline and an independently adjustable ottoman. 

Further features to be found in the new LX include the human-centred Tazuna cockpit concept with dual centre screens, a 25-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and fingerprint identification for engine start. Park Distance Control with Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and braking are also big draws.

The wheelbase has been carried over from the current generation in order for the vehicle to retain its off-road capabilities, but the new model is 10mm wider and 30mm higher.  Lexus says these dimensions contribute to more balanced proportions and steadiness on the road.

The interior features a driver-centric and digital Lexus Tazuna cockpit design. Picture: SUPPLIED
The interior features a driver-centric and digital Lexus Tazuna cockpit design. Picture: SUPPLIED

The look is updated too. The front grille now features a frameless but integrated spindle grille, new headlamps and the rear displays the evolved next-chapter Lexus signature. The F Sport grade gets an exclusive look through specific air intakes on the lower grille, a front spoiler and the option of an exclusive White Nova exterior colour.

Inside it gets exclusive interior colours including a Black & Flare Red theme, while its sportier character earns it a rear limited-slip differential, front and rear performance dampers and bracing, adaptive variable suspension (AVS) and a specific electric power steering tune.

All the LX models get the advanced Lexus Safety System+ suite of a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, front and rear parking support brake (PKSB) with obstacle and vehicle detection, blind-spot monitor (BSM), dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane tracing assist (LTA) and a tyre-pressure warning monitor.

They also have turn assist that applies brake force to the inside rear wheel to shorten the overall turning circle of the vehicle. Emergency Steering Assist also works to aid the driver when executing an evasive steering manoeuvre by helping to maintain vehicle stability and keeping the vehicle in its lane.

Six exterior colours are available in the all-new LX: Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Terrane Khaki, Raven Black, Manganese Lustre and Graphite Black. The new Lexus LX comes with a seven-year/100,000km warranty.

Prices:

LX 500d — R2,206,600

LX 500d F Sport — R2,215,200

LX 600 — R2,260,400

LX 600 F Sport — R2,247,000

LX 600 VIP Grade — R2,627,500

The new LX is 10mm wider and 30mm higher than before which benefits dynamic handling and off-road prowess. Picture: SUPPLIED
The new LX is 10mm wider and 30mm higher than before which benefits dynamic handling and off-road prowess. Picture: SUPPLIED
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