Just less than a month ago, people over at the Land of Smiles received the all-new AH40 Toyota Alphard and Vellfire. And now, the even more luxurious second-generation Lexus LM 350h has also made its launch in the country.
Available in two variants, the Lexus LM 350h Executive 7-seater and LM 350h Executive 4-seater, the luxury MPV is priced at THB6.29 million (approx. RM833,800) and THB7.59 million (approx. RM1,006,243) respectively. Like the all-new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, the all-new Lexus LM is also built on the brand’s GA-K version of the TNGA platform.
On the outside of the all-new Lexus LM 350h is a new front fascia with sharper and more elegant-looking LED headlamps, together with daytime running lights that penetrate into the brand’s signature spindle grille. Speaking of the spindle grille, the one worn by the all-new Lexus LM is of the latest iteration, which looks sportier and more elegant than before.
The all-new Lexus LM 350h’s side panels are now waiver than before, and at the back is 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 is a mild hybrid setup consisting of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a Nickel Metal-hydride battery, mated to an E-CVT gearbox. With power sent to all four wheels via the brand’s E-Four all-wheel drive (AWD) system, the combined system output is rated at 250 hp and 270 Nm.
Just in case you are curious, the all-new Lexus LM350h can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 190 km/h. Underpinning the luxury MPV are independent Macpherson Struts up front and independent Double Wishbones at the back.
Inside, among equipment fitted with the Lexus LM 350h in Thailand is as standard is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12.3-inch instrument display, a 14-inch retractable ceiling screen, ambient lighting, leather upholstery and electrically powered front seats with heating and ventilating functions. Second-row seats are also electrically powered and come with heating, ventilating, and massage functions.
The higher-end 4-seater variant also gets a rear cabin partition with frosted glass and is adjustable in three modes. This gives bosses at the back the choice of winding down the partition, setting the partition to privacy mode which makes the glass translucent, or setting the glass to a frosted glass full privacy mode.
Safety-wise, the all-new Lexus LM 350h 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).
Just recently, the second-generation Lexus LM 350h was also previewed at the 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).