A Lexus with twin turbos and hybrid motors? That’s the hot tip out of Japan.
The luxury SUV will reportedly be unveiled at the beginning of August, with the first global deliveries beginning in December.
As before, the LX and LandCruiser are expected to share a lot in common. The new LX appeared on stage under a shroud during the launch of the second-generation NX SUV.
From what we can see, the new LX has completely different front-end design with the latest iteration of the Lexus spindle grille, and headlights with integrated swoosh-style driving lights.
Compared to the LandCruiser, the LX has a flatter bonnet and what seem to be rounder front wheel arches.
The current LX came with its own dashboard setup, as well as unique front- and rear-end treatments.
Under the bonnet, the LX is expected to share a number of drivetrains with the 300 Series LandCruiser.
The LX500d is said to use a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel, which in the Toyota is rated at 227kW and 700Nm.
That’s up 27kW and 50Nm from the outgoing LX450d’s 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel that had 200kW and 650Nm.
The LandCruiser’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 305kW and 650Nm will power the LX600.
At the top of the pile will be a new hybrid variant, likely badged LX750h, which will mate the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 with some electric motors.
Total system output is said to be around 360kW.
When the LX was available in Australia, it was the only way for Australians to sample the LandCruiser architecture with a V8 petrol engine.