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 seven-seat LX 500d and LX 600 have a Tazuna Cockpit where the design and layout
of the controls and information displays are precisely calculated for quick and easy
operation with least movement of the eyes or body.

It has multiple screens; A 12.3-inch main display, 7.0-inch lower display, 8.0-inch multi-
information display and a colour head-up display.

Lexus Safety Sense+ now with improved and additional functions is standard, adding to
the vehicle’s comprehensive safety and security.

New driver-assist technologies include intersection turn assist, which can detect a high
collision risk with oncoming vehicles or crossing pedestrians.

The pre-collision safety system has emergency steering assist that provides extra steering
support during an emergency manoeuvre.

Off-road features include Multi-Terrain Select and Multi-Terrain Monitor for precise vehicle
control and positioning on challenging terrain.

Crawl control is activated at the press of a button at speeds below 10 km/h. It
automatically controls engine output and braking in very rough or slippery conditions, so
the driver can focus on accurately steering the vehicle. A new turn assist function uses
brake pressure to increase response to the driver’s steering inputs and give the vehicle a
tighter turning radius.

A comprehensive range of Lexus Connected Services adds further assurance for owners
with valuable safety, security and vehicle information features.

Lexus LX has LED lights, a new four-wheel active height control suspension, heated and
powered front seats with leather-accented upholstery, Shimamoku Black ornamentation,
wireless smartphone charging.

Entertainment is provided by a 25-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.

The five-seat Sports Luxury has premium leather-accented seats with heating and
ventilation, a heated steering wheel, a cool box and a dual rear-seat entertainment
system. New ‘Takanoha’ ornamentation – a wood veneer precisely shaved down to create
a pattern resembling hawk feathers.

Additional security comes from a new Lexus-first fingerprint sensor to authorise operation
of the push-button starter.

The lavishly appointed five-seat Sports Luxury grade is available with both diesel and
petrol powertrains.

The introduction of the first LX F Sport gives a dynamically and stylistically enhanced
appearance. It has a rear torque-sensing Torsen limited-slip differential, front and rear
performance dampers and multiple unique exterior touches including darkened 22-inch
alloy wheels and a black mesh grille.

It has F Sport seats with extra bolstering, an F Sport steering wheel, aluminium
ornamentation. It has the option of F Sport-exclusive Flare Red interior trim.

The all-new flagship Ultra Luxury has a pair of individual captain’s chairs with 48-degree
reclining, massage function, deluxe headrests, a passenger-side ottoman, and exclusive
quilted upholstery offered in Black and new Sunflare colours.

Its rear-centre console has a touchscreen display for seat and air-conditioning controls,
wireless smartphone charger and two USB-C ports.

All variants other than the Ultra Luxury are available with a newly developed 3.3-litre twin-
turbo diesel V6 engine, producing 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque from 1600-

There’s also a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with 305kW at 5200rpm and 650Nm from

The Lexus has a three-year membership to the leading Lexus Encore Platinum owner
benefits program. This includes the Lexus on Demand, where members can borrow
another Lexus to suit their needs or when travelling interstate or to New Zealand on four
occasions, for up to eight days.

Members are also provided with eight valet parking passes to use at select Westfield
shopping centres and Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne.

Six exterior colours are available; Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Liquid Metal, Onyx, Graphite
Black and Khaki Metal. The F Sport grades use the exclusive White Nova hue in place of
Sonic Quartz.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive John Pappas said the all-new LX range will appeal to a
broad set of customers.

“As a leading luxury lifestyle brand, Lexus aims to give its customers the luxury of choice,
and the all-new LX range does just that,” Mr Pappas said.

“With two powertrains, four model grades and three seating layouts to choose from,
exacting LX customers can choose the perfect variant to suit their lifestyle.”

LX 500d seven-seat: $148,800
LX 500d five-seat Sport Luxury: $165,800
LX 500d five-seat F Sport: $171,800
LX 600 seven-seat: $152,300
LX 600 five-seat Sport Luxury: $169,300
LX600 five-seat F Sport: $175,300
LX600 four-seat Ultra Luxury: $210,800
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Lexus dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *