As with its predecessor, the new LX is the sister model to the new Land Cruiser LC300. Seen in above, the upright and boxy stance, prominent squared-out wheel arches are all shared design elements, though Lexus has added enough unique touches for the LX to stand out.
The flat and high nose is dominated by a huge Lexus grille which is flanked by sleek LED headlamps on both sides. The front bumper features gaping air dams and the bonnet is aggressively sculpted.
Lexus has finally lifted the lid on the brand new LX, and yes, it looks bigger and bolder than the previous model. With a design that unmistakably Lexus, the LX is primed and ready to challenge the premium SUV market.
Powering the LX is a high-output, high-torque 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo petrol engine producing 305kW and 650Nm. All this power is delivered through a Direct Shift-10AT gearbox. It's a more refined vehicle, with control in both on-road and off-road situations, which is enabled by the new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
The instrument panel features Lexus' first Lexus Interface dual display with a 12.3-inch upper screen and 7-inch lower screen designed to inform, not distract. The upper 12.3-inch display shows navigation, audio controls and the Multi-Terrain Monitor during off-road driving. The lower 7-inch touch display shows the climate control screen and serves as a driving-support screen for Multi-Terrain Select.
Having underpinnings of the newly launched Land Cruiser, the LX is filled with off road capabilities, i.e.:
*The Multi-Terrain Select, which allows the driver to select from six modes - Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock - to support off-road driving conditions.
*Crawl Control allows LX to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selected low-speed settings: LO, MIDL, MID, MIDH and HIGH.
*The Multi-Terrain Monitor uses four cameras to help the driver see around the vehicle.
*Downhill Assist Control; When descending a steep slope, the system is designed to automatically control the hydraulic pressure of the brakes on all four wheels to support stable descent without locking the wheels.
Also new to the LX line-up is an F-Sport variant that gets mechanical upgrades aside from cosmetic updates. Apart from visual updates such as darkened 22-inch alloys and mesh-finished grille, the F-Sport gets a retuned suspension along with a rear stabiliser bar, and most importantly a Torsen limited slip differential at the rear for greater traction.
The car should be available by the first quarter of 2022
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