If there's one vehicle we've been particularly curious about, it's the Lexus LM luxury van. Due to the long waiting list, we haven't been able to get our hands on to write a review, unfortunately. Luckily, there was one unit on display at the Lexus Manila showroom the other day, replacing where the LFA is usually parked. Naturally, we had to get a closer to see what all the hype is about.
As you know, the LM is essentially a more luxurious version of Toyota's popular minivan – the Alphard. It's no surprise then that the LM's exterior features signature Lexus styling – from the huge spindle grille up front and sleek LED headlights designed similarly to the ES. At the rear, there's a full-width LED taillight that runs the tailgate; a design cue found on the UX and new IS sedan. Rounding up the exterior changes are the fan-shaped multi-spoke wheels. All-in-all, it gives the LM much more presence on the road.
While the exterior looks good, the magic of the LM can be found inside the cabin. This particular unit is the 7-seater variant. As a result, it doesn't have the partition between the first row and second row of seats found on the 4-seater model. That doesn't mean it scrimps on features though. The first thing you'll notice is the black interior. Too dark? We're told that customers can opt for a white interior instead.
The dashboard design remains relatively unchanged, but the center stack is signature Lexus. Front and center is a floating touchscreen infotainment system. While the HVAC controls appear to be carried over from the Alphard, below the gear shifter sits the Lexus trackpad to control the infotainment system.
Enough about the front row though, the main attraction of the LM is the second-row seats. The material feels a lot more premium and more comfortable. Second-row passengers also have individual tables, neatly hidden in the inner armrest. To control the multiple functions and features of the seat, just flip over the outer armrest. Meanwhile, a rear TV with an HDMI input provides entertainment in traffic. It certainly feels reminds you of Business Class seats on a plane.
Don't need the third row of seats? You can easily store them up, giving you more luggage space at the rear. Alternatively, you can use the extra space to fully recline the second-row seats, turning them into a bed. Sitting upfront? Don't worry, the front passenger seat on the LM also has a footrest you can kick up.
Under the hood of the LM sits the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as found in the Alphard. According to Lexus, it produces 274 PS and 340 Nm torque paired with an 8-speed automatic. To keep occupants safe, there's also a range of safety systems including a pre-collision system and rear cross-traffic alert.
Interested? This LM 350 7-seater retails for PHP 5,458,000. If you want the more exclusive 4-seater model, that one is priced at over PHP 9 million. Watch the video above for a more in-depth look at most of the LM's features.