Tech2 news teamOctober 14, 2021 11:12:02 AM IS
The all-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 SUV made its world debut a few months after the unveiling of the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, with which it shares most of its mechanics. Essentially a more luxurious take on Toyota’s iconic off-roader, the LX 600 brings a few more things to the table, as it is aimed at a slightly different group of buyers. Aside from evolutionary design changes to the exterior, the new LX 600 is significantly lighter than the previous SUV, and includes vital interior changes and additional equipment.
Based on the GA-F platform, which is part of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) family, the new Lexus LX 600 sports new LED headlights, a huge “ axle ” grille and a full-width LED light bar. In the back. It’s about the same size as the outgoing SUV, so it retains what Lexus calls the ‘golden ratio’ of a 2,850mm wheelbase, and the approach, departure and ramp angles are the same as the outgoing model.
To further boost its off-road capabilities, Lexus has equipped the LX 600 with a Multi-Terrain Selection System featuring Deep Snow and Auto driving modes, a Multi-Terrain Monitor System that provides the driver with a clearer view of the SUV’s surroundings using an underbody camera and revised tracking control system, to help maintain a constant speed as needed when driving off-road.
In addition, the LX 600 is 200 kg lighter than the previous model and also has a lower center of gravity. To further strengthen the SUV’s off-road performance, Lexus has equipped the LX 600 with an adaptive variable suspension, which also provides active height control with three settings for vehicle height while the vehicle is in motion (Normal, Hi1 and Hi2. ) and a low adjustment to facilitate the entry and exit of vehicles.
The major changes are seen in the interior, where the Lexus LX 600 features a fully digital instrument display, a fingerprint-enabled engine start button, and a dual-touchscreen setup – a first for Lexus. The top screen is a 12.3-inch screen that houses infotainment controls, while the bottom 7-inch screen shows climate control settings. In off-road conditions, the upper display becomes a screen for powering the multi-terrain monitor cameras, and the lower display shows vehicle status in real time to make life easier for the driver.
For the first time, the LX will also be available in a four-seater ‘Executive’ variant, which is equipped with captain’s chairs (with concave headrests, backrests and cushions) that can recline up to 48 degrees, an electric legrest that extends from under the front seat, rear entertainment screens, roof-mounted air conditioning vents and a dedicated rear-seat console.
In select markets, Lexus will also offer the new LX in ‘F Sport’ look with 22-inch wheels, re-tuned shocks and more suspension and steering settings. There is also an ‘Off-Road’ version of the new LX with three differential locks, but it is exclusive to the Japanese market.
Like the Land Cruiser, the 2022 Lexus LX 600 ditches the 5.7-liter petrol V8 from the older SUV and instead gets a new biturbo engine – a 3.5-liter petrol V6 that makes 415 hp and 650 Nm. of torque. Those figures are higher than the outgoing V8, which is good news, considering the new engine will also be noticeably more fuel efficient. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is all-wheel drive.
While there is still no clarity on whether the Toyota Land Cruiser will return to the Indian market, it is almost a given that the new Lexus LX 600 will be featured here in the future. Expect to see the LX 600 in India sometime in 2022, priced close to Rs 2.50 crore (before the showroom).