The 2022 Lexus LX 600 has been unveiled today, debuting a number of firsts for the Lexus brand as well as pushing the envelope of what a luxury body-on-frame SUV could be.
For starters, it’s basically common knowledge that the all-new LX is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser. This is clearly evident from its styling, though the LX features a number of distinct cues that separate it from the more mainstream Land Cruiser. This also means that the LX rides on the new TNGA-F platform that’s 200 kg lighter than its predecessor.
Separating the LX from the Land Cruiser is its unique front end, which wears what is perhaps the biggest interpretation of the brand’s spindle grille yet. The grille is then made up of seven floating bars with hollow sections for better engine cooling. There are also larger air intakes and slimmer LED headlights. The proportions of the all-new LX have also been adjusted, with its A-pillars being moved rearward to create a longer hood.
Moving towards the side, Lexus has re-sculpted the window line for a more distinct look compared to the more upright Land Cruiser 300. The wheel arches are also more prominent than before. And then lastly, the rear end features a distinct LED taillight cluster that’s similar to the all-new NX, while the “L” logo has been swapped out for the “Lexus” lettering as seen in the NX.
While the exterior design is evolutionary, that interior design looks completely different from before. There seems to be a more upscale interior ambiance, and then the LX also inherits the new Lexus Interface 12.3-inch infotainment system from the NX.
Unique to the LX, however, is a secondary 7-inch touch screen. This, according to Lexus, allows drivers to use the main screen for the camera systems while still being able to see off-road information through the secondary screen. In addition, the all-new LX also has an engine start button with built-in fingerprint authentication as a way to prevent vehicle theft.
New for the 2022 Lexus LX are two variants called F Sport and a four-seater version called Ultra Luxury. Starting with the F Sport, this model features distinct exterior elements such as the mesh grille, black chrome detailing, exclusive 22-inch forged alloy wheels, sports seats, and a “textured” leather steering wheel.
The F Sport variant’s enhancements are also skin deep due to its uniquely-tuned adaptive variable suspension, enhanced electric power steering, and a Torsen limited-slip differential (LSD) for better handling.
On the other hand, the Ultra Luxury variant only has four seats instead of the usual seven. In lieu of the second-row bench seats are two individual chairs that are shaped to help maintain a secure posture. The use of soft urethane with superior vibration absorption prevents unwanted movement even in off-road conditions. There’s also a function that allows the front passenger seat to move forward in a single push of a button, increasing legroom by 1,092 mm.
Separating these two seats is a wide permanent center console with an integrated touch screen that controls the AC and the seat adjustment. The center console also houses a storage bin with a DC outlet, USB ports, and headphone jack for the rear entertainment system. Lastly, the ceiling-mounted aircon vents let rear passengers enjoy a “full body comfort breeze experience”.
As we’ve suspected, the 2022 Lexus LX is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine from the Land Cruiser 300, and it produces 409 hp and 649 Nm of torque. Lexus is proud to highlight that its maximum torque figure is maintained even at 3,600 rpm.
This is sent through a 4WD system via a 10-speed automatic transmission that features a very low first gear for smooth acceleration and improved low-speed off-road driving. On the other hand, the extra two gears allow for better fuel economy.
As with most modern cars nowadays, the 2022 Lexus LX comes with a suite of advanced safety systems. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 comes with a Pre-Collision System with Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, full-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beams, Emergency Steering Assist, and Road Sign Assist.
The Lexus LX will first go on sale in North America and the Middle East. A Philippine launch will most likely happen somewhere in the second half of 2022.