The flagship Baddie of Toyota’s luxury brand has been revealed and straight away all the details laid out about it ties it directly with the Land Cruiser 300 Series. This includes the engine, safety systems and off-road system but that doesn’t mean it’s an out-the-box copycat. Since it sold 500 000 units worldwide from its introduction year of 1999, it has stapled itself as a prominent large SUV rival against the Germans and hasn’t gone unnoticed in the market. Largely because of its rather interesting design but for the new one, it has shifted away from that game stance.
It looks much like the previous generation model but a bit more organized. I’m not implying that it was not appealing to the eye but it had slight design elements that were out of place and were unnecessary. The new one sports the huge signature ‘hourglass with seven sets of floating bars’ grille without a frame. The L-shaped LED headlights are joined into the grille and directly below them are large side air intakes to improve engine cooling.
While the frontend screams presence, that cannot be said about the side profile. It is compensated by the enormous body size and the varying 18 to 20-inch wheel sizes but it’s on the side of subtlety. That can be switched from ‘down the low’ to a more ‘in your face’ look when the F-Sport spec is optioned which comes with 22-inch forged aluminium wheels and additionally an F Mesh design spindle grille with jet-black chrome grille frame and other sporty goodies in the interior and technical parts.
The body sits on a frame, the GA-F platform to be exact and it is the same one found on the Land Cruiser. Not only is it ideal for off-roading, it has also been optimized to provide a smooth and comfortable ride thanks to a 20% increase in body rigidity. It also contributes to a weight loss of 200 kilograms from the previous generation.
Stepping inside the LX you’re met with two screens: a 12.3-inch upper touchscreen for the navigation, audio and Multi Terrain Control, and a 7-inch lower touchscreen for the climate control. Integrated into the infotainment system is something Lexus calls the Human Interface Machine (HMI) which is said to provide user interaction through sight (clear display graphic), touch, and voice, being the Voice Assistant system to help control stuff like inputting destinations on the navigation, operating the media functions and other vehicle control settings.
The driver can also set his/her preferred user settings through the Interface User Profile features and it has over-the-air updates for the infotainment system.
Lexus offers what is called the Ultra Luxury package which mainly consists of the captain chair seating for the second row, and normally there would be three seats in the middle row making it a seven-seater with this option. The captain chair seats can recline up to 48 degrees, revealing a 43-inch of maximum legroom space and a footrest deploys behind the front passenger seat for maximum comfort. The seats have curved headrests, cushions and seatbacks that gently hug the head, hips and lower body of the passenger. There are two screens mounted on the rear of the front seats and the center control panel has all functions to select like massaging, wireless charging for the smartphone and it has cupholders.
Under the bonnet is the new 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo engine replacing the naturally aspirated V8. Before reliability is questioned, Toyota has stated that this engine is frugal and will be as reliable as their 5.7 litre V8, plus it boasts 409 hp (305 kW) and 650 Nm of torque and it can be located in the LX 600, the only model available at launch. It is mated to a Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission.
There is other techy equipment included like Electric Power Steering, Electronically Controlled Brakes, Active Height Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension. The F-Sport doubles on the equipment with things like a Torsen LSD, tuned performance dampers and a rear stabilizer. In the off-road department, the Multi Terrain Select has six modes for different driving conditions: Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock. This works hand in hand with the Multi Terrain Monitor which uses four cameras to help the driver to see around the vehicle.
Like every other modern Lexus vehicle, it comes as standard with the Safety System+ 2.5 and it includes safety features like Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) which can be activated above 30 mph and can resume from a stop, and it can accelerate, decelerate and change lanes for the driver. There is Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist to keep the car in the lane at speeds above 32 mph. Other safety systems include Intelligent High Beam Assist and Road Sign Assist.
Source: 2022 Lexus LX 600 Press Release