We live in a strange time where even buying a new car now comes with a long waiting list. The chip shortage’s effects have really been felt in the automotive industry, and this has affected some brands much more than others. The Toyota Land Cruiser 300, for instance, has a four-year waiting list in Japan, and apparently, it’s also the same case for its Lexus sibling, the LX.
Its effects in the Philippines are still unknown but the LX is already destined to make its debut in the Philippines soon. Considering its popularity here in the Philippines Lexus has most likely secured a good amount of LX SUVs for the Philippine market before making its local debut.
Surprisingly, however, even the Lexus NX compact luxury SUV also has a long waiting list in Japan, though stocks are already available in the Philippines. While it’s not as bad as the LX’s four-year waiting time, Lexus says that the NX customers need to wait more than one year until their vehicle finally arrives at their dealer.
That’s not all, because other cars, even low-volume ones like the LS flagship luxury sedan, have a three-month waiting list. It seems no vehicle is spared by the sudden surge in demand for new cars, which is exacerbated by the still ongoing chip shortage.
As a recap, the all-new 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.
On the other hand, the Philippine-market Lexus NX comes in two engine choices. The first one is the NX 350h, which uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine and a more powerful electric motor compared to the previous NX hybrid. Total system output is now at 239 hp, which lets this electrified SUV sprint from 0-100 kph in just 7.7 seconds. Its power is routed to all four wheels via an eCVT.