After years marked by a lack of mobility, the Lexus LX full-size SUV gets a complete makeover, while keeping its smooth-traveler identity. Lexus has launched the main lines of a new generation model that is still as good as ever.
Posted on October 20, 2021
In addition to the new design that is based again and again on this hourglass grille that seems to grow from generation to generation, it is important to introduce this new LX 600 on the elevator to see the most visible modifications. Still built on a ladder frame, the SUV gets an all-new platform called the GA-F, which is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser offered in other markets as well as the recently refreshed Tundra pickup truck. Its weight is reduced by 200 kg in the transition and stiffness increases by 20%.
As in the Tundra, the V8 has been dropped to make way for a 3.5L V6 powered by compressed air and twin turbochargers. Power is 409 hp, slightly more than the 389 hp of the Tundra, which uses the same engine. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also part of the group. If this setup looks familiar, it’s not a coincidence. The Lincoln Navigator, a competitor, also employs a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 and a 10-speed transmission. There is no hybrid on the menu for the Lexus LX, at least not yet.
The suspension geometry has meanwhile been revised and the shock absorbers stroke has been increased to promote comfort from the beaten track. Ground clearance can be increased through the hydraulic system, unlike the competition, which largely uses pneumatic shock absorbers. The all-wheel drive that allows the selection of its gear ratio more timidly in off-road driving remains, as does the automatic adjustment of downhill speed, to preserve its identity.
In addition, the technological aspect is ensured by two screens of 12.3 inches and 7 inches providing access to the latest generation of the Lexus infotainment system. A real-time update system has been integrated to improve its consultation.
The Lexus LX 600 will go on sale in early 2022.