After releasing a teaser of its all-new flagship SUV last week, Lexus has officially revealed the 2022 LX 600. Now on its fourth generation, the LX is underpinned by a new lightweight platform, features a more high-tech and comfortable interior, and uses a new twin-turbo powertrain.
In terms of styling, Lexus gave the new LX an evolutionary redesign rather than a revolutionary one. It gets a sleek pair of LED headlights, a bolder-looking spindle grille, massive 22-inch forged alloy wheels (the biggest in a Lexus so far), and a redesigned quarter glass and rear pillar that makes for a more chiseled appearance. Also worth mentioning is the new LX is a more stylish rear end, which features new wraparound LED taillights, a revamped tailgate, and a sportier rear bumper.
Not only did the LX get an exterior makeover, but Lexus has also improved the chassis. Thanks to the new TNGA-F platform, Lexus claims it managed to shave off 200 kg of weight over its predecessor. Also adding to the weight-saving is the clever use of aluminum and high-tensile steel throughout the body. The hood, roof, tailgate, and doors are made of lightweight aluminum, while the A- and B-pillars are made from high-tensile steel.
If you thought the exterior looks gorgeous, wait till you see the interior of the new LX. Immediately greeting occupants is the new dual touchscreen setup. The upper screen features a 12.3-inch display that can show multimedia and navigation controls, plus Multi-Terrain Monitor System that's useful when going off-road. Meanwhile, the lower screen provides quick access to the vehicle's climate control system. It also doubles as a support screen for the previously mentioned Multi-Terrain Monitor.
Like the previous generation, the LX is available with three rows of seats. But for those that prefer a bit more space, the 2022 LX is also available as a four-seater. Called the Ultra Luxury, the new top-of-the-line trim gets special seats, a high-tech center console with controls for the seats and multimedia system, as well as a footrest.
Under the hood, the 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 is no more. Replacing it is the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that is shared in the LC 300. It makes 415 PS with 650 Nm of torque and is connected to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Contrary to earlier rumors, the LX 600 will not be available with a hybrid powertrain.
The LX also comes with extra protection while on the road with the Lexus Safety System 2.5+. With that, the flagship SUV comes with features such as pre-collision system (PCS), frontal collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian and cyclist detection, dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane departure alert (LDA) with steering assist, intelligent high beams (IHB), and road sign assist (RSA).
The 2022 Lexus LX is scheduled to arrive in the US by Q1 of 2022. With that, we could expect it to arrive in the Philippines sometime next year as well. Given the choice, which one would you pick, the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 or the more opulent Lexus LX? Let us know in the comments.