Following the Thailand market launch of the all-new AH40 Toyota Alphard and Vellfire luxury MPVs this month, Lexus Thailand will be launching the all-new Lexus LM 350h in the Land of Smiles on September 1, 2023, according to headlightmag.com, giving the bosses over there an even more luxurious option to carry them around. The new MPV will also be sitting on the same GA-K version of the TNGA platform as the Alphard and Vellfire twins.
On the outside, the all-new second-generation Lexus LM 350h features a new front fascia, with sharper and more elegant-looking headlamps, featuring daytime-running lights (DRLs) that penetrate into the grille. Like the newer Lexus models such as the all-new RX, NX, and LBX, the second-gen LM now wears the marque’s brand-new spindle grille design, giving it more character this time around. At its corners are new foglamp housings with sportier and more dynamic-looking faux inlets.
At the sides, the all-new Lexus LM now looks less plain, sporting “wavier” panels, as opposed to the first-gen model’s flatter-looking ones. Interestingly, however, the luxury MPV’s wheels look to be brought forward from its predecessor, sharing a largely similar design. Another change that has been made here is the door-mounted side-view mirrors, as well as the more apparent floating roof design.
Round the back, the second-generation Lexus LM is now fitted with a much more angular tailgate, along with a newly designed interconnected rear lamp design. The previous Lexus logo is now gone too, replaced with a “LEXUS” inscription instead.
Powering the all-new Lexus LM 350h in Thailand is a Lexus’ mild hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated (NA) 4-cylinder petrol engine, along with an electric motor that powers the rear wheels. Paired with an E-CVT gearbox, power is sent to all four wheels via the brand’s E-Four all-wheel drive (AWD) system, resulting in a combined system output of 250 hp and 270 Nm.
Suspension-wise, the luxury MPV is equipped with independent MacPherson Struts and stabilizer bar up front, and Multi-links at the back. The marque’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has also been added for added comfort.
Interior-wise the Lexus LM in Thailand can be configured in either a traditional seven-seater layout or an ultra-luxurious four-seater layout that comes with a glass cabin partition, along with a 48-inch screen. Like the all-new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, the Lexus LM also comes with twin moonroofs, separated by a central panel that houses the interior lighting, assorted switches, and aircon vents. Like
Bosses in the Lexus LM may also control the electric sun blinds via the car’s built-in voice command system simply by saying “Hey Lexus”. Customers over at the Land of Smiles will also given a choice of finishing their all-new Lexus LM’s interior with either dark or light colour tones. The Mark Levinson audio system and a wireless phone charger are also available with the Thai-spec all-new Lexus LM.
To help make entering and exiting the second-gen Lexus LM an even easier experience for the bosses, it now features sliding doors that are bigger than before. Umbrellas are also available at the upper section of the luxury MPV’s B-pillar for added convenience and peace of mind.
In the safety department, the all-new Lexus LM in Thailand is equipped with a blind spot monitoring (BSM) system, rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), along with the brand’s Lexus Safety System+ ADAS package. This package includes a forward collision warning (FCW), all-speed dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane departure warning (LDW), lane tracing assist (LTA), lane departure assist (LDA), and automatic high-beam (AHB).
Official prices of the all-new Lexus LM 350h for the Thailand market will be announced during its launch, which will be happening on September 1, 2023. The second-generation ultra-luxurious MPV in its 350h form was also previewed at the recently held Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS 2023). Closer to home, the current generation Lexus LM 350 is up for grabs with a starting price point of RM1,208,000 (OTR, without insurance).