The Lexus UX 200 Luxury’s driving efficiency now includes an engine stop / start system. It has the latest-generation 12.3-inch HD touchscreen display replacing the previous 10.3- inch version. The touchscreen display offers operation for satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and other useful vehicle functions. DAB+ digital radio is now standard on the UX 200 Luxury which also now has 10 speakers, two more than previous. The updated UX 200 has the “Hey Lexus” voice recognition function which can be activated by pressing the talk button on the… Read more


The next generation version of Lexus’s flagship LX large SUV has arrived in Australia. It comes with new powertrains, advanced technologies and offers the largest choice of variants to date. The two new Lexus engines, twin-turbocharged petrol LX 600 and diesel LX 500d V6 are smaller in capacity than the model’s previous naturally aspirated V8s, yet deliver significantly more power, higher torque and lower fuel consumption. The Lexus LX debuts F Sport and range-topping Ultra Luxury grade. It has seating for four, five or seven, depending on the grade. The… Read more


Pure electric vehicles are still relatively rare in Australia but the Japanese company is keen to see a rapidly increasing number. The Lexus UX300e Luxury and the Sports Luxury are sold in this country our test car was the Luxury. The UX300e we tested rides on 17-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels which are exclusive to this model and improve the way they run through the air to reduce drag and trim ‘fuel’ consumption. It has automatic LED headlights that we found provided excellent night time vision during our road test period…. Read more


Lexus is an upmarket Japanese car company that competes with the big-name Germans and Brits in many different models. It’s not completely successful in this lofty ambition so relies on very high levels of quality materials inside and out. While Lexus may not have had great success in getting into the minds of the public, in the prestige field it’s very well regarding in engineering. The little ‘h’ tells us it’s a hybrid. Lexus and its parent company Toyota are past masters at petrol-electric hybrids, with a history stretching back… Read more


Australian specifications for the new Lexus LX flagship SUV which arrives in April, 2022 are here. It will have human-centred Tazuna cockpit concept with dual centre screens, “Hey Lexus!” natural speech recognition. A BladeScan adaptive high-beam system, and a 25-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Available on selected grades is Lexus-debut fingerprint identification for engine start. The ownership experience features a three-year membership to the leading Lexus Encore Platinum owner benefits program. There’s Lexus on Demand, where members can borrow another Lexus to suit their needs or when travelling… Read more

LEXUS ES 2013 – 2020

Late in 2013 a new generation Lexus ES was built on its own unique platform, previous models shared some underpinnings with Toyota models. Frontal styling was distinctly Lexus with its aggressive arrow-head spindle grille. The smooth, near silent ride and high-quality finish that had really impressed people since the earliest days of the Lexus LS400 was continued in the ES line. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as supremely smooth as its big brother, but the ES cost considerably less so has appealed to many. Thus, there are now quite a few… Read more


Lexus LS has form: as the LS 400 the luxury sedan, in 1989, led the introduction of Toyota’s premium arm Down Under, becoming the harbinger for a whole range of vehicles from compact hatchbacks to robust SUVs, embracing petrol/electric hybrid technology. Lexus would be the first to admit it called on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan as the template for what was to be its perennial flagship. Fast forward more than 30 years with the arrival of the upgraded LS 500. An upgraded model has come onto the market, which the… Read more



Next-generation Lexus NX will arrive in Australia in November and local details have been provided in advance. It sits on a platform with a longer wheelbase to provide more interior space. The NX debuts a powerful 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a more advanced petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. It will feature a Tazuna Concept which Lexus says allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations. A Lexus-first E-Latch system electronically controls the latching and unlatching of doors, combining with a blind-spot monitor to provide… Read more


Australian specifications for the Lexus ES, that will be on sale from 29 September have been announced. The biggest news is the introduction of an ES 250 variant. It will have a new design 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque with combined-cycle fuel consumption of 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres. The ES 250 Luxury has a new 12.3-inch screen with touch-display functionality complementing the 7.0-inch driver display and incorporating Apple CarPlay6, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and a 10-speaker sound system. The ES… Read more



Details of the next-generation Lexus NX medium luxury SUV that will go on sale in November, 2021 have been announced. The NX 450h+ PHEV (not confirmed for Australia at this stage) has a thermally-efficient 2.5-litre petrol engine, front and rear motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack with 18.1 kWh power output. Transmission will be either by front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A newly developed, electronically controlled full-time AWD system is standard for the new NX 350 variant and has a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. The new NX 250 variant… Read more