Lexus Australia has chosen this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival to unveil its all-new
LM luxury people mover.

Lexus has sponsored Australia’s iconic horse race for many years and guests
attending Melbourne’s week of fashion, fun and hospitality will be amongst the first to
watch an impressive fleet of chauffeur-driven LMs heading to and from the
Flemington track between the 4th and 11th of November.

The LM name-tag stands for Luxury Mover and it certainly lives up to that
description. While it’s technically a people mover, its price range of $160,888 to
$222,000, means that its far more likely to be used for chauffeur-driven executive
transport rather than on the family school run.

The LM showcases the finest of traditional Japanese omotenashi hospitality of
anticipating guests’ needs in advance, offering levels of comfort and amenity
normally imagined with first and business class airplane travel.

The luxury mover will be available with a choice of two hybrid powertrains in keeping
with the Lexus Electrified strategy of developing powertrains that combine strong
performance with reduced fuel consumption and lower tailpipe emissions.

LM will be sold initially in seven-seat configuration with the LM 350h Sports Luxury,
available in both two- and all-wheel drive, priced from $160,888 and $165,888

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with series parallel hybrid system produces 184 kW
and 270 Nm for swift and smooth performance, sure to be appreciated by rear seat
passengers as they are pampered in unrivalled luxury.

Once the sliding door is opened the two reclining business-class-like seats draw
attention, with a third row boosting capacity to seven. When not in use the
supplementary row may be conveniently folded away at the push of a button to
maximise luggage space.

In early 2024 the LM range will be crowned with the four-seat LM 500h Ultra Luxury,
with a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid engine boasting more than 200 kW
and all-wheel drive for sublime responsiveness. It is priced at $220,888.1

The centrepiece of the LM 500h is its rear cabin, dominated by two VIP throne seats
with genuine first-class levels of comfort, overlaid with extensive
Japanese Takumi craftsmanship and a Lexus-first Rear Climate Concierge for
holistic control of the cabin environment.

Fully raising the glass behind the front seats creates a personal and private oasis of
relaxation and quietness for chauffeured guests, who can enjoy unparalleled
business or entertainment pleasure with a world-first 48-inch widescreen along with
a 23-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.

They may even wish to do so while enjoying a cool drink from the LM’s inbuilt mini

Lexus Australia Chief Executive John Pappas said the LM will delight customers with
the ultimate in comfort and a level of opulence never seen before in a luxury mover.

“With the LM our designers have taken omotenashi thoughtfulness
and Takumi craftsmanship to unprecedented levels,” Mr Pappas said.

“There is no Lexus like it, and almost certainly no other vehicle like it. It is the
ultimate expression of Lexus ‘making luxury personal.’

“It is a great Lexus to drive but an even better Lexus to be driven in. It will be hard to
surpass the LM for the ultimate chauffeur-driven experience.”

Mr Pappas went on to say that Lexus dealers throughout Australia had been
inundated with customer enquiry ever since the second-generation LM was revealed
at 2023 Auto Shanghai in April, and subsequently confirmed for Australia as part of a
global rollout to more than 60 countries.

LM 350h 2WD Sports Luxury: $160,888
LM 350h AWD Sports Luxury: $165,888
LM 500h AWD Ultra Luxury: $220,888
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact
your local Lexus dealer for drive-away prices.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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