Have you been eyeing to buy a brand new Lexus? Are you a fan of the Toyota Alphard but want something a bit posher? After what's been a bit of a long wait, Lexus Philippines has officially launched the 2021 LM.
Serving as one of the marque's most luxurious models to date, the 2021 LM improves upon the Alphard's offerings by turning what was already a luxury minivan, into a luxury lounge on wheels fit for Metro Manila traffic.
While it may look like just a dressed-up Alphard, the LM features probably one of the biggest renditions of Lexus' signature spindle grille. It features a unique design that is accentuated by heaps of chrome. The front fascia also gets L-shaped daytime running lights, L-shaped foglight bezels, and full LED headlights.
As for the rear, the taillights also feature the brand's L-Finesse design language thanks to wraparound units. Further giving the LM its more upscale look are the massive 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, twin moonroof, chrome finishes on the window surrounds, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
In terms of size, the LM measures 5,040mm long, 1850mm wide, and 1890mm tall. It also has a generous 3000mm wheelbase that translates to a lot of cabin space for the driver and occupants alike.
Serving as the LM's centerpiece is its interior. Regardless of variant, all models of the LM come with semi-aniline leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, captain seats at the second row with heating/cooling function and power ottomans, velour carpet, and three-zone automatic climate control.
The standard models come with seven seats, with the third row providing seating for three individuals. But it is perhaps the more luxurious four-seater model that will be the most attractive model for potential customers. With its fully-adjustable captain seats at the back, bespoke center console for adjusting the in-car entertainment features, as well as a massive 26-inch screen that also serves as a separator for the front and rear occupants, the four-seater is the ultimate lounger.
Other available features present in the LM include a 12.3-inch media display with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system (17-speaker for the base seven-seater), and an automatic rear door opener with automatic closing function.
Under the hood, the LM gets its power from a 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6. Like the Alphard, the LM makes an admirable 296 PS at 6600 rpm, along with 361 Nm of torque at 4700 rpm. Power is then sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Looking to get one for yourself? The standard seven-seater LM 350 is available with a sticker price of PhP 5,408,000. As for the more opulent four-seater LM 350, Lexus is supposedly retailing it for a cool PhP 9,088,000.
But even if you can afford to get one right now, you might have to wait for your unit to actually arrive. Just last August, the automaker announced that the waiting time for orders to be filled can stretch anywhere between 6 months to a full year. Combined with the fact that the LM is also produced at the factory where the Alphard is made, and it could mean that the factory has a lot of pending orders to finish.
Hopefully, Lexus has increased production output to shorten the timeframe between actually reserving one, and getting the unit right away.