Published on April 17th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Lexus LM MPV Takes the Alphard in to Ultra Luxury Territory
We’ve been talking about it for weeks and weeks, and yesterday we finally got it. It’s the New Lexus
Unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2019, the Lexus LM can be configured in an ultra-luxury 4 seat layout or the traditional 7 seat layout.
The former comes with 4 bucket seats up front and a 3-row bench in the rear. No official photos of those were shown.
Regardless of seat configuration, Lexus
Now if that interior doesn’t impress you, take a closer look at that new Spindle Grille. It’s huge! BMW and Audi need to step up their grille game if they want to keep up with Lexus.
Lexus are spoiling rear occupants of the LM with a large 26″ screen, a privacy partition, umbrella storage, and a mini fridge. We’re sure there’ll be some customisability ass well.
Two variants are planned for now. a LM 350 with the 3.5-litre V6 we find in the RX 350 L and an LM 300h which features a 2.5-litre petrol engine with a hybrid motor. Front and all-wheel drive setups are being offered.
Only two paint options will be available at launch: black or white. No word on pricing.
The Lexus LM is planned for the Chinese market first, but will eventually find its way into other markets in the region, including our own.
More on the engines
The 3.5-litre V6 2GR-FE engine is found on the current Toyota Alphard. We don’t know if the Lexus LM will feature this version (other Lexus models feature various other GR engine versions.) The 2GR-FE has a more of 94mm and a reduced stroke of 83mm. It has an output of about 268-296 hp and 336-353Nm of torque depending on tuning. It features Dual VVT-i and has a timing chain.
The 2.5-litre hybrid Alphard comes with the 2AR-FXE engine. These engines have reduced output and are optimised for efficiency. The 2AR-FXE runs the Atkinson cycle and uses the hybrid system to get to peak power. Depending on the variant, the engine generates between 169 and 180 hp and 226-235Nm of torque.