As the second model of the next-generation of Lexus following the NX, Lexus held the world premiere of the new LX today in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the reveal video is available online. The new LX, which embodies the brand’s commitment to meeting the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers, is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in early 2022.
Since its establishment in 1989, Lexus has always been committed to the spirit of innovation and has continued to take up the challenge of providing new technologies and value to its customers. Since its launch in 1996, the LX has been well received as Lexus’ flagship SUV due to its high-quality, ride comfort, and driving performance that can withstand all kinds of roads around the world. This has been achieved by refining the founding concepts of the LX: “reliability”, “durability”, and “rough-road driving performance”. The LX has sold a cumulative total of approximately 500,000 units in more than 50 countries and regions as of the end of August 2021.
The new LX is designed to provide vehicle occupants with exceptional comfort and enrich their life experiences. While maintaining a traditional body-on-frame structure to ensure reliability, durability, and d driving performance, it renews its characteristics by adopting the new GA-F platform, realizing a weight reduction of approximately 200 kg, and achieving a digitally-developed high-rigidity body. The new LX will be available with either a high-output, high-torque 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine. Electronically controlled brakes (ECB) and an electric power steering system (EPS) are also adopted to ensure customers will be able to enjoy Lexus-unique driving performance to the fullest, both on-road and off-road. These
innovations, plus the adoption of two new available powertrains, will also contribute to improved environmental performance, reducing annual CO2 emissions when the vehicle is in use by approximately 20 percent on a global cumulative basis compared to the previous model, thus contributing to the realization of a carbon-neutral society. In harsh off-road environments, to promote a safer and more comfortable driving experience, the instrument panel features Lexus’ first dual display with a 12.3-inch upper screen and 7-inch lower screen, as well as Back Underfloor View, which displays the area beneath the rear part of the vehicle as a world first*. The new LX is more personalized, with the newly added VIP grade, which is specially designed with four independent seats for elegant and safe travel on all kinds of roads, and the F SPORT grade, which allows customers to enjoy sporty driving on winding roads. In terms of styling, while pursuing a design that contributes to athletic performance and function (a design perspective that began with the new NX), ideal proportions are expressed through a blending of sophistication, power, and presence befitting a flagship SUV. Among other featured technologies, Lexus’ first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch contributes to reducing the risk of theft.
＜ Main product features of the ALL new LX ＞
1.. Achievement of high-quality driving through renewed vehicle fundamentals
– The new GA-F platform has been adopted for the first time by Lexus in pursuit of an ideal inertia factor. The vehicle’s front/rear center of gravity has been optimized by placing the engine further back.
– In addition to downsizing from a larger displacement engine and employing a lighter new Active Height Control (AHC) suspension, the roof material, which is high above the vehicle’s center of gravity, has been replaced with lightweight aluminum. This has resulted in a lowering of the center of gravity and a weight reduction of approximately 200 kg.
– The power plant is a newly employed 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine, which achieves high-quality driving performance.
– The newly developed high-output and high-torque twin-turbo engines generate seamless and linear acceleration
– The first-ever use of EPS and the application of structural adhesives in the body achieve a straightforward response for
both steering and use of the accelerator pedal.
– The 2,850-mm wheelbase, which has been inherited since the first generation, and the ground clearance angles
(approach angle, departure angle, and ramp break angle), which are equivalent to those of the previous model, provide
both rough-road driving performance and outstanding interior space.
– In addition to the evolution of Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control, various technologies have been introduced
to support off-road driving, such as a Multi-Terrain Monitor function and a dual display.
– The VIP grade, with four independent seats, is equipped with rear seats that can be reclined up to 48 degrees and have a
dedicated rear-seat console, providing the highest level of comfort on all road surfaces.
– For customers who desire a sporty driving experience on winding roads and elsewhere, the F SPORT grade features special tuning of the EPS and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), allowing the driver to experience the linear response of the vehicle.
– The “unchanging golden ratio” creates an appearance that combines sophistication with a powerful and overwhelming presence befitting a flagship.
– The new spindle grille, which pursues the new, function-rooted design language of the next generation of Lexus, is three-dimensional and chrome-frame-free, accentuating its sense of unity with the body and expressing a sense of mass while fulfilling functions such as cooling and rectification efficiency.
– Based on the Tazuna Concept, which generates dialogue between driver and vehicle, display and other switches are arranged to create a cockpit space that allows the driver to control the vehicle at will with minimal posture change, even on rough roads.
– Lexus’ first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch reduces the risk of theft.
– Adoption of the latest in multimedia systems provides even greater convenience.
– The functions of the Lexus Safety System +, which contributes to safe and secure driving, have been expanded.
＜TAKAMI YOKOO, CHIEF ENGINEER, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL＞
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. To raise its basic elements to a high level of quality, we focused on “real roads” and “aspiration”. We refined the LX’s traditional off-road performance through repeated “breaking and fixing” on harsh road, and our development team and drive-meister worked together to refine on-road performance through an uncompromising approach to building in the “Lexus Driving Signature”, which provides a unique Lexus driving sensation that delivers linear response faithful to the driver’s intentions. In doing so, we have achieved the highest level ever of compatibility between these two contradictory elements of vehicle performance. Also, to meet the diverse needs of our customers around the world, we are making available a four-seat VIP grade and an F SPORT grade, both of which are firsts for the LX. Each trim level, including the standard model, embodies the fruits of labor of the development team’s passion and attention to detail. We invite you to experience the new LX on real roads, built by the hands and aspirations of real people.
＜YOSHIAKI ITO, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL DRIVE-MEISTER＞
Through the use of a renewed platform and EPS, we have achieved on-road driving performance that lets you experience the Lexus character the moment you get behind the wheel and start driving. Especially, the steering sensation from the moment the vehicle begins to move and the way the vehicle handles from winding roads to high-speed driving were developed in cooperation with an off-road master drive to reflect the concept of rough-road driving control and to apply the knowledge gained from off-road driving to the improvement of on-road driving performance. Also, we repeatedly drove the vehicle off-road both within and beyond company premises to see if what we were doing would affect its driving capabilities on rough roads, as we aimed to achieve characteristic Lexus driving performance on any kind of road. The greatly evolved LX will add even more color to the daily lives of our customers. Please look forward to it.
＜kazuyuki ueno, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL DRIVE-MEISTER
To make off-road driving safe and secure, and to allow customers to experience the high quality and comfort that is characteristic of Lexus, we repeated numerous test runs on various rough roads to create the off-road driving performance of the new LX. To ensure that all occupants can travel comfortably, AHC and AVS have been finely tuned to provide an improved sense of contact with the ground on rough roads and a high-quality ride. Also, from the way the multi-terrain monitor is viewed to how Crawl Control is controlled, we have put much thought and care into making sure that our customers can enjoy their time with the LX even in off-road environments. We hope that everyone can enjoy the driving performance of the LX, which allows for the comfortable enjoyment of all kinds of roads around the world, both on-road and off-road.
＊Based on a Lexus survey of vehicle models announced as of October 2021
renewal of FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS through the use of the new ga-f platform and weight reduction oF 200kg
To provide customers with “ease and a high level of quality on any road in the world” while driving, the new LX maintains its traditional body-on-frame structure and has undergone a fundamental review of the basic elements that support the evolution of driving. By adopting the new GA-F platform and reviewing the entire framework of the vehicle from the ground up, which led to the renewal of the vehicle’s fundamental characteristics such as a low center of gravity, weight reduction, and improved body rigidity, a drastic improvement in driving performance has been achieved.
＜ new platform and lightweight and high-rigidity body and frame ＞
＜ suspensions that realizes drive-trhough performance and handling stability
on all kinds of roads ＞
＜ NEW POWertrain achievE linear and seamless ACCELERATION ＞
＊ * Based on a Lexus survey of vehicle models announced as of October 2021
on-road driving performance that pursues the lexus driving signature
To enjoy a high-quality drive even in urban settings, the vehicle’s fundamental characteristics have been enhanced, including Lexus’s first adoption of the GA-F platform and a weight reduction of approximately 200 kg. Also, the high-output, high-torque twin-turbocharged engine, ECB, and EPS further deepen the Lexus Driving Signature by delivering driving performance that seamlessly connects deceleration, steering, and acceleration in all situations, while the use of a new AHC suspension and AVS system provides a sense of contact with the ground, as well as a sense of strength and security. Although it is a frame-based vehicle that retains its predecessor’s traditional off-road driving performance and vehicle stability, the new LX offers a high level of vehicle control, along with excellent on-road ride comfort.
＜ahc for driving and a sense of security on all roads around the world＞
＜ avs system for a high-quality ride ＞
＜ eps that contributes to driving that is faithful to the driver’s intentions ＞
＜ecb system for enhanced safety and security ＞
＜ improved tire performance for evolved vehicle performance ＞
＜ rear torsen®* LSD TRANSFER CASE THAT FOLLOWS CHANGES IN ROAD CONDITIONS ＞
* “Torsen®” is a registered trademark of JTEKT Corporation.
rough-road drive trhough performance refined by combining tradition and technology to make driving enjoyable even in harsh environments
The new LX has further evolved its proven ability to handle rough roads. In addition to refining “hardware” performance features such as its traditional body-on-frame structure and rear rigid suspension, the new LX boasts evolved software features such as Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control. Furthermore, the introduction of various advanced technologies that support off-road driving, such as a Multi-Terrain Monitor and the LX’s first dual display, enables the new LX to be driven with a greater sense of security even in harsh environments.
＜inheritance of heritage＞
＜evolved multi-terrain select＞
＜crawl control for off-road driving support＞
＜downhill asSist CONTROL for reducing driving burden on the steep hills*1＞
＜dual display with advanced design and functionality for off-road driving＞
＜multi-terrain monitor for a sense of security in off-road driving＞
＜steering wheel and pedal layout that supports a stable driving posture even when driving on rough roads＞
＜electronic differential lock＞
*1 Downhill Assist Control is activated when the vehicle speed is 30km/h or lower and the vehicle is descending a hill in the H4 range of the transfer case.
*2 Based on a Lexus survey of vehicle models announced as of October 2021
a new grade lineup in response to customers’ DIVERSIFYING needs
Developed with the aim of providing a more personal experience and better meet the diversifying needs of various customers, the new LX, which is the second model to symbolize the next generation of Lexus, comes in a VIP grade and F SPORT grade, in addition to a base grade. The VIP grade is equipped with features that provide comfort not only during on-road use but also when driving on rough roads, for mobility that offers a sense of security. Meanwhile, the F SPORT grade has exclusive equipment and styling features that clearly indicate a more engaging driving experience.
＜vip grade for comfortable mobility even on rough roads＞
*1*1 Only in left-hand-drive versions; 1,000 mm in right-hand-drive versions; both figures are for when the footrest is deployed.
**2*2 Right-hand-drive models only have side window sunshades.
＜f sport grade that hints at driving performance＞
proportions in line with lexus’s next-generation design language, which harmonizes FUNCTIONALITY and elegance
With “Dignified Sophistication” as the styling concept, the aim was to give the new LX high-quality, sophisticated proportions. The LX’s styling is rooted in functional essentials. 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. Also, combining the functionality that Lexus has thus far cultivated and the Tazuna Concept, which is a cockpit concept that allows the vehicle and driver to intuitively connect so that the driver can focus more on driving, has resulted in excellent visibility and operability.
Also pursued was a sense of balance and openness when driving off-road. And the Tazuna Concept, a new cockpit concept that allows the driver to connect more intuitively with the vehicle and to better concentrate on driving, has been incorporated, following the NX.
＜form that combines STRENGTH and overWhelming presence with refinement＞
＜fascia with both style and function＞
＜refined side and rear views that assert a sense of mass＞
＜22-inch forged alloy wheels, lexus’s largest＞
＜cockpit that creates a deeper dialogue between vehicle and dRiver, from on-road to off-road＞
＜interior space that provide a sense of security and comfort even during off-road driving＞
advanCed safety technologies and enhanced convenience based on a human-centered approach
＜lexus’s first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch＞
＜multimedia system designed for enhanced convenience and eaSE of operation＞
＜lexus safety system + : advanced preventive safety technologies＞
Lexus is advancing the development of safety technologies to eliminate traffic casualties, which is the ultimate wish of a mobility-based society. Based on its belief that it is important to develop world-leading advanced safety technologies as quickly as possible and disseminate them through as many vehicles as possible, Lexus has adopted the Lexus Safety System + for the new LX.
*1 A technology that fills in the gaps between a glass panel and a liquid crystal display and then attaches them. It minimizes the refractive index of light and reduces screen glare.
*2 Apple, Apple CarPlay, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. The iPhone trademark is used under license from Aiphone Co., Ltd.
*3 AndroidTM, Android AutoTM, and YouTube are registered trademarks of Google LLC.
*4 Mark Levinson is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
*5 BladeScanTM is a trademark of Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd
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