Lexus has debuted its all-new LX, a true flagship SUV that combines reliability, durability, and remarkable off-road capability with handcrafted artistry and refinement.
Unveiled recently at a virtual event held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the all-new 2022 Lexus LX delivers a re-engineered body-on-frame platform and evolutionary and luxurious design changes — inside out.
Since the first LX model was launched in 1989, 500,000 units of the LX have been sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.
The SUV has been well-received for its high-quality, ride comfort, and driving performance and is designed to rove the land in whatever terrain, regardless of conditions.
According to Lexus, the new generation LX was designed to provide the driver and passenger with exceptional comfort, while maintaining a traditional body on frame structure to ensure reliability, durability and driving performance.
It represents the brand’s commitment to address the changing needs and lifestyles of its customers.
“To meet the diversified lifestyles of our customers, we established the new LX’s driving concept to be: “Ease and quality on any road in the world”.
We aimed to create a vehicle that, while possessing exceptional off-road performance, can be driven without hesitation on any road, whether in town, on the highway, or in a harsh environment, and that allows all occupants to travel in comfort,” said Lexus International Chief Engineer Takami Yokoo.
Nex-Gen Design: Inside Out
With “Dignified Sophistication” as the styling concept, the aim was to give the new LX high-quality, sophisticated proportions.
Its exterior allows the vehicle’s strength to be felt in a form that displays attention to detail, while its interior provides a sense of security and comfort to the vehicle’s occupants.
Outside, the all-new Lexus LX is definitely a head-turner; based on the Lexus’ next-generation design language, which harmonizes functionality and elegance.
The SUV exudes the perfect blend of athleticism and accessible functionality, and striking beauty. The design language incorporates modern detailing and smooth flowing lines. It is the perfect balance of beauty and the beast.
In front, the all-new LX makes a bold statement with its refreshed interpretation of Lexus’s signature spindle grille that features a three-dimensional shape and a frameless structure giving the SUV a more polarising look.
This striking front fascia is further emphasised by sharper headlights with integrated L-shaped daytime running light.
At the rear, the flagship SUV follows the design as seen on the 2022 NX, replacing its signature ‘L’ emblem with a clean and unified ‘LEXUS’ lettering on the tailgate.
The exterior of the LX wins on the first impression, but its premium interior is equally as stunning.
As you should expect from the Japanese automaker, the all-new LX comes with premium-feel materials throughout the cabin.
Inside, every component in the Lexus LX has been meticulously designed to deliver a more seamless and intuitive connection between the driver and car to help enhance concentration on driving.
Aside from high-quality materials, the new NX features the first Lexus Interface dual display with 12.3-inch display featuring navigation, audio controls and the Multi-Terrain Monitor and a lower 7-inch touch screen, for a more comfortable driving experience.
The all-new LX’s interior fully incorporates the Tazuna Concept, a cockpit concept that allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations.
Moreover, the centre console and layout have a clean design and accessibility making it easier for the drivers to be connected and to be in control.
With generous dimensions for all passengers, it benefits from the highest level of technology aiming to ensure a modern and global approach of comfort which includes Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker sound system and more.
Other features include the latest voice-recognition function that enables activation via voice commands by saying a predefined activation word, for example, “Hey Lexus!”.
The New GA-F platform
In terms of dimension, the latest Lexus LX rides on an all-new platform, the GA-F platform which serves as a strong foundation for its body-on-frame build.
The GA-F platform features a lower center of gravity with a weight reduction of approximately 200 kg when compared to its predecessor, and body rigidity is also increased.
Moreover, the new GA-F platform has been adopted in pursuit of on-road and off-road driving performance. The vehicle’s front/rear weight balance has been optimized by placing the engine further back.
The new LX also inherits the golden ratio of a 2,850 mm wheelbase, which has been inherited across generations and provides both high-level performance on rough terrain and a spacious interior.
Under the hood and safety features
Under the hood, the all-new LX will be available with either a high-output, high-torque 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine or a powerful 3.3-liter V6 diesel twin-turbo engine
The 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine delivers maximum output of 305 kW (415 PS) and maximum torque of 650 Nm, whereas Lexus’ first 3.3-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel engine delivers a maximum output of 227 kW (309 PS) and maximum torque of 700 Nm..
More refined vehicle control in both on-road and off-road situations is enabled by the new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
When it comes to safety, the Japanese automaker is ahead of the game. The all-new LX comes with the evolved and comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ package setting a new benchmark for accident risk detection and prevention measures.
Notable safety features include Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System (PCS) , BladeScan AHS (Adaptive High Beam) and many more.
The F-Sport package
The 2022 Lexus LX also offers the optional F-Sport package that includes exclusive 22-inch forged wheels and an iconic mesh design spindle grille with the jet-black chrome grille frame expresses the intrepidness of the F SPORT.
The sporty styling continues in the cabin with its newly developed dedicated steering wheel, the front seats, aluminum pedals, and shift lever have been exclusively designed to enhance the image of driving performance.
The exclusive F SPORT emblem is also applied throughout the interior to reinforce the image of driving performance. Also, the emotional Flare Red interior color is newly available to promote the uplifting feeling of spirited driving.
In terms of driving performance, the F SPORT features front and rear performance shock absorbers, a Torsen® LSD, and a rear stabilizer standard equipment.
Furthermore, the latest EPS and Active Variable Suspension (AVS) is equipped as a standard feature for the Sport trim and delivers a high level of handling and ride comfort.
This article was first published on 16 October 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 163
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