Lexus has revealed an all-new LX 600, the latest generation of the brand’s full-size luxury SUV, which will go on sale next year as a 2022 model.
This fourth-generation LX replaces a design that debuted in 2008 and remained fundamentally unchanged except for a few updates to its styling and features.
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 is the first LX whose numerical designation has nothing to do with its powerplant. For this overhauled model, the upscale brand’s poshest truck gets a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 making 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, increases of 26 hp and 76 lb-ft compared to the outgoing LX 570’s 5.7L V8. (The new LX shares its turbo V6 with the also-new 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup, but boasts an extra 20 hp.)
Also new is a 10-speed transmission and an updated 4WD system that includes an LX-first automatic mode and a multi-terrain select system that now works in both 4WD-low and 4WD-high gear ranges.
To go with its added performance potential, the LX gains some new technology, including dual centre-stack displays. The top 12.3-inch display contains the LX’s navigation and audio functions, while a lower 7.0-inch screen handles climate duty.
For those brave enough to venture off-road with a $100,000-plus luxury SUV (Lexus hasn’t revealed the 2022’s pricing yet, but last year’s model went for $112,900), there’s a four-camera multi-terrain monitor that beams images to the upper dash screen to show the driver what is around – and even under – the truck.
Other standard features will include a 25-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo.
While Lexus has yet to announce pricing and detailed feature content, the company says the 2022 LX 600 will come in Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Executive trim levels, the last two being new to the range. Executive will come with a four-seat cabin with a trim-exclusive rear seat design. F Sport favours on-road performance, with 22-inch wheels (the largest Lexus offers on any of its vehicles), an upgraded suspension with performance dampers and a rear stabilizer, and a Torsen limited-slip differential.
The Lexus Safety System 2.5 will be standard across the line, with an improved collision avoidance function that is better at recognizing cyclists. It can also pick out oncoming vehicles when making left-hand turns across intersections, and is designed to spot pedestrians crossing intersections where the LX’s driver is turning either right or left. Other more conventional safety kit includes radar cruise control with stop-and-go, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, and automatic high beams.
Lexus says the 2022 LX 600 is due to arrive in Canadian showrooms in the first quarter of next year.