Here it is, the all-new Lexus LX 600, the brand’s flagship large SUV. Similar in many ways to the recently unveiled Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series, the big Lexus (and Infiniti) that is more commonly seen in the Gulf Countries and the US, continues to place rough-road performance as its key characteristic.
Built on a new ladder-frame chassis called the Lexus GA-F platform that is 20% more rigid and 200 kg lighter, the all-new Lexus LX, now in its fourth generation, continues to be fitted with robust hardware designed for unpaved roads. While it occupies the same price level (and size) as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7 and Range Rover, the all-new Lexus LX features a very traditional non-independent four-link axle-type suspension with rear lateral control arms that is inherited from the previous model.
Plenty of work has been done to the suspension system which now features a new lighter Active Height Control system. Ride height is adjusted via gas, hydraulic and metal springs which now also includes a rear fitted spring rate switching device. A new electric power steering (EPS) replacing the old hydraulic unit is also designed to deliver better driving sensation across all conditions.
The suspension automatically adjusts to Hi1, Hi2 and Normal heights while in motion as well as adapting and stabilising the vehicle during pitching and rolling. As expected, the suspension control program adjusts its parameters and response according to the Multi-Terrain Select drive mode and AWD mode. With so many parameters on the chassis, Lexus has decided to offer up to 19.3 inches of screen space to visualise all the driving information.
A wide-format 12.3-inch touchscreen is fitted at the edge of the dashboard, showing the usual infotainment, camera and navigation content. Directly below it is a 7-inch high-resolution screen showing the setting from the Multi-Terrain Select and Active Height Control chassis systems plus many more.
Lexus says although it’s a frame-based SUV that retains its predecessor’s traditional off-road driving performance and vehicle stability, the all-new LX offers a high level of vehicle control, along with supreme on-road ride comfort. The wheelbase is also unchanged at 2,850 mm, which Lexus says it’s an optimum value for comfort, space as well as clearing ground obstacles.
For customers in Japan who require even more off-road performance (and image), a new OFFROAD variant is being introduced, featuring three differential locks, 18-inch wheels with suitable tyres and dark highlights on the exterior. It sure sounds very similar to the treatment on the Toyota Land Cruiser GR Sport variant.
Like the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series, the all-new Lexus LX 600 is powered by a downsized turbocharged engine. Now with just six cylinders and displacing 3.5 litres, the petrol engine delivers 415 hp, 650 Nm and channelled to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Full-time four-wheel drive ensures sure-footedness and maximum traction in regions where snow, mud and sand are regular occurrences.
The all-new Lexus LX 600 will also move to higher comfort levels, offering a variant called Ultra Luxury or Executive depending on markets. Unlike the traditional seven-seat layout, Ultra Luxury will only accommodate four, with the second row having large captain seats, although not as opulent as the Lexus LM 350.
Similar to the Lexus LS limousine, the rear passenger diagonal of the driver will benefit the most in the Ultra Luxury package, featuring a maximum leg space of 1,000 mm and even a footrest thanks to the extended recline of the front passenger seat.
The two rear seats are also shaped with neutral body posture and feature concave headrests, seatbacks and cushions that gently wrap around the head, hips and lower. The Mark Levinson branded audio also pumps out clearest and best staged soundtracks via a 25-speaker setup, the most of any Lexus model.
For the North American market, there is also an F Sport variant, featuring dark-coloured 22-inch wheels, perhaps the largest full-height mesh-pattern spindle grille, badges, and sportier tuning of the chassis network plus a rear differential with LSD.
No prices have been announced with the US and Japan scheduling delivery of the new Lexus LX 600 from the first quarter of 2022. Lexus Malaysia sold the outgoing 2020 LX 570 for RM1.226 million.