All-new Lexus LX unveiled as brand's flagship SUV

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After 14 years, Lexus has replaced their LX luxury SUV. Based on the capable Toyota Land Cruiser, the new model draws on the epic LC 300's capabilities, comfort and luxury.

To differentiate it from its Toyota twin, the Lexus receives distinctive styling and a reworked interior, which offers even more luxury and refinement than its already plush stablemate. Scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022, Lexus notes that the latest iteration of the LX still retains its body-on-frame structure which, they say, ensures "reliability, durability, and driving performance." A new platform (GA-F) has seen a weight reduction of around 200 kg. This undoubtedly aids economy and performance.

Like the Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX will be offered with either a 3.5-litre V6 turbopetrol or a 3.3-litre V6 turbodiesel. Both are twin-turbocharged. The brand's first dual-screen interior setup debuts in the interior, with a 12.3-inch upper screen supplemented by a seven-inch screen housed lower down. A world first is Back Underfloor View. This, rather cleverly, displays the area beneath the rear of the vehicle.

In terms of vehicle trims, Lexus will be offering a new line called 'VIP', which offers just four independent seats for "elegant and safe travel on all kinds of roads." An F Sport derivative will be made available too, with more sporting touches. Lexus SA has said that local specifcation will be confirmed closer to launch. Large 22-inch alloy wheels are the largest the brand has ever fitted to a car, and will be offered on the LX.

While the architecture is the same, the Lexus has more dramatic styling than the Toyota land Cruiser. An imposing grille dominates the front end, flanked by sleek headlamps.

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