Remember when Lexus teased what could be a more luxurious minivan? Their new teaser has confirmed a new 'flagship MPV' as their latest luxury offering.
While still relatively covered in darkness, the silky silhouette of the new Lexus LM shows that it could well indeed be based off the much-revered Toyota Alphard. From the signature headlights to the character lines of its body, it's quite clear that the Lexus LM appears to be a posher version of Toyota's premium minivan.
However, since this will be a Lexus product, after all, expect the LM to have a flashier exterior and a more opulent interior. Also, expect it to have Lexus' signature spindle grille up front, as well as the eye-catching tail lights at the back. Captain seats, fine grain leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, a high-tech media display, and maybe LED ambient lighting could make their way inside the new LM.
As for what's under the hood, the LM could be powered by the 3.5-liter V6 that is found in the new Alphard as well with a hybrid version. Given the first teaser came with a blue highlighted Lexus badge denoting a hybrid, we won't be surprised to find the 2.5-liter hybrid mill.
It's not quite clear whether the LM will be launched in other markets after its debut in Shanghai, as the only market that has been so far teasing the model is Lexus China. The Lexus global newsroom has so far been quiet with both teasers released. China has been known to have market-exclusive models, it would a shame if it won't be offered in other markets, given the global reaction.
We first reported on this possibility in October of 2018, an Alphard-based Lexus, will more than likely be a big hit here if they do make it happen.
The all-new Lexus LM will make its global debut next week at the 2019 Auto Shanghai.