2022 Lexus LX teased, to be unveiled in late 2021 [Update]

Lexus brought a thinly veiled future model to the 2022 Lexus NX world premiere on June 12, 2021, and going by the shape and size, it is the 2022 Lexus LX. With Toyota’s 2022 Land Cruiser 300 (J300) now at dealers, the Lexus world premiere is likely to follow in a few months, and we almost have a confirmation.

“This (2022 Lexus NX) is just one of 20 new products on the horizon, half of them electrified,” Hiroo Togashi, General Manager, Lexus Global Brand Management, said at the NX reveal. Pointing at the covered future model behind him, presumably the 2022 Lexus LX, Togashi said: “We have another product reveal coming later this year.”

2022 Lexus LX front three quarters teaser
The next-gen 2022 Lexus LX seems to have a similar shape to the old model but with sharper grille and lights. Image Source: YouTube/Discover Lexus

Presenting the Lexus LF-Z Electrified electric SUV coupe concept, Lexus briefed on its new electrification strategy in March. It will roll out 20 new or improved models by 2025, and more than ten of them will be electrified. At one end of the spectrum, there are radical BEVs like a production Lexus LF-Z Electrified, and on the other, traditional models like the Lexus LX will come in one or more partially electrified forms.

2022 Lexus LX Design

The Lexus LX will have significant visual differentiation from the Land Cruiser in the next generation, reads a report on Japan’s Best Car magazine. The Lexus LX 2022 will be posher and set apart from the donor in new ways, The Lexus LX 2022 will be posher and set apart from the donor in new ways, an effort by the design team to tackle competitors by giving the SUV a unique personality.

New body panels to differentiate from the Land Cruiser J300

Many LX customers feel that their SUV isn’t all that different from the Land Cruiser 200. The Lexus SUV is endowed with an entirely new front-end and made to look sharper and bolder. However, the uniqueness isn’t that evident on the side and rear angles.

According to the Japanese publication, designers have addressed this with the next-gen Lexus LX, which gains an individual design for the bonnet and the outer panel after the C-pillar. The report briefly mentions that the interior will also carry an exclusive look, but to what degree is to be determined. Its donor (Toyota LC 300) is likely to be slightly longer and taller than its predecessor (LC 200), and the cabin of the Lexus derivate could be roomier. The new LX could go through several light-weighting measures, and one of the aspects could be an aluminum roof, an option that reduces weight and lowers the center of gravity.

Rear look inspired by the new NX

Instagram account landcruiserupdates has reason to believe that its 2022 Lexus LX rear render is close to the real car. The illustration borrows cues from the 2022 Lexus NX, and the tail lamps have the familiar L-shaped signature, but with more style. Plus, the Lexus blade, a narrow LED light strip spanning the width, gives the rear fascia a bolder look. Like the midsize SUV, the flagship model may feature the unified “LEXUS” badge in block lettering instead of a logo on the tailgate, amplifying its grandness.

2022 Lexus LX rear rendering
The new Lexus LX is likely to borrow several design elements from the 2022 Lexus NX at the rear. Render: Instagram/landcruiserupdates

2022 Lexus LX Features

The 2022 LX should come in 5- and 7-seat versions. We expect it to feature LED headlights, 21-inch wheels, front and rear sequential turn indicators, kick-activated power tailgate (gesture tailgate), electric sunroof with remote control function, and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

As a luxury SUV targeted at the VIPs and the elite, the LX should have a plusher cabin with high-quality materials, more comfort features like multiway electric adjustment, ventilation, and massage function for the seats, and more advanced driver assistant systems. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 (LSS+ 2.5) safety suite, introduced on the 2021 IS, could be standard equipment.

New interface

Lexus would also address the main weakness in the full model change. The company would replace the clunky touchpad-controlled infotainment system with a newly developed system that will likely have touchscreen support. “The telematics that are coming our way are going to be industry-leading, and they’re going to be what we currently do not have,” John Iacono, the Chairman of Lexus’ National Dealer Advisory Council, told autonews.com in an interview, on the topic of upcoming Lexus cars.

While the auto industry is migrating to wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, Lexus doesn’t have the basic Apple CarPlay and Android Auto system in the LX. That’s one drawback we are confident the company will cross off the list in the redesign. Other available features should include, electric parking brake, 3D Multi-Terrain Monitor + Panoramic View Monitor, four-zone automatic climate control, head-up display, rear-seat entertainment system with Wi-Fi connectivity, generous application of wood, and genuine leather upholstery.

Fingerprint reader

Fingerprint readers are becoming a common feature in luxury vehicles as the interior progressively becomes more digital. The 2022 Lexus LX may also have one to offer more security to owners.

The fingerprint authentication system would be a big relief to owners, especially in Japan, where Lexus LX thefts are rising. On April 12, 2021, the Aichi Prefectural Police Headquarters reported that during the second year of Reiwa (2020), Aichi Prefecture ranked no. 4 in car thefts in Japan. During that period, according to a document Aichi Prefectural Police Headquarters released, the Lexus LX was the most stolen vehicle with a share of 24.4% or 119 units in the crime.

2022 Lexus LX technical info

TNGA-F platform

The next-gen Lexus SUV will ride on a new ladder-frame chassis shared with the latest Land Cruiser in the market (Toyota LC 300). At Toyota, the technical glossary coined for the new platform is TNGA-F. In a bulletin on the Land Cruiser 300 sent out to dealers (via Instagram user land.cruiser.300), Toyota has said that TNGA-F is “an entirely new” platform.

By switching to the TNGA-F platform, the Toyota Land Cruiser saw a weight reduction of 200 kg. The Lexus LX should also see a similar-level weight reduction with the adoption of the new platform.

Powertrain & Variants

In February, a report from bestcarweb.jp suggested LX 600 as the base gasoline variant of the 2022 Lexus LX.

However, the hybrid may not be the same system employed by the LS sedan. The first-ever Land Cruiser Hybrid, set to be launched as part of the Land Cruiser 300 series, would have a single-motor hybrid system instead of the current dual-motor Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II), as per Best Car.

The intention behind this move is probably not to add weight to what is already a bulky SUV. The single-motor hybrid powertrain (expected as the 3.5-liter V6 turbo-hybrid) would be work with a 10-speed automatic transmission, adds the report. The Lexus LX Hybrid could benefit from the same powertrain and could be the car that debuts it. We’re awaiting information to get clarity on the mechanicals of the Lexus LX Hybrid.

Lexus LX750h

On June 6, 2021, creative311.com reported that the next-gen Lexus LX line-up would include two more new variants: LX 500d (for the Middle East region) and LX 750h.

The Lexus LX 750h would get the gasoline hybrid powertrain mentioned above. The maximum power and maximum torque available would be 480 hp and 871 Nm, respectively. The LX 500d would share the F33A-FTV 3.3-liter diesel engine of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300. This is in stark contrast with previous reports, which have said that Lexus doesn’t plan to offer a diesel engine in the next-gen LX.

Off-road & comfort

The LX would not share every component with the Land Cruiser 300. While it would be more off-road capable than most luxury SUVs, it may not match the LC 300’s prowess in mud-plugging. In addition, the suspension setup could be different, aimed at overcoming the limitations of the ladder-frame chassis, focused on comfort. The LC 300, for reference, is rumored to have an independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension, with select configurations benefitting from AVS (Adaptive Variable Suspension System), KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), or E-KDSS (TBA) with AVS. Front and rear locking differential and rear torque-sensing Limited Slip Differential (LSD) could be the choice of differential variants in the next-gen LX.

Lexus LX 570 S – A clue hidden in the last hurrah?

The Lexus LX 570 S variant introduced in Australia for the MY2021 could be the final launch in the current generation. Could the next-gen 2022 Lexus LX have a similar ’S’ variant at the summit?

Lexus LX 570 S badge could be used on the 2022 Lexus LX
The ‘S’ badge could be used on the incoming 2022 Lexus LX as well. Image: Lexus.

The Lexus LX 570 S is a spruced-up version, and the distinguishing feature is a redesigned spindle grille where a block-mesh insert instead of the wire-mesh insert adds novelty. The grille comprises some 70 gloss-black ‘blocks,’ with those positioned on the sides of the Lexus logo angled towards the middle.

Two-tone (21-inch 10-spoke) wheels make their debut in the Lexus LX 570 S, in a color scheme reminiscent of the Lexus LC. The S variant flaunts a revised front bumper and a molded ‘S’ badge on the tailgate. The interior is available in an exclusive rich burgundy color called Garnet and unique ornamentation in ‘Shimamoku Grey.’ Puddle lamps with ‘LX S’ projection, performance dampers, and alloy pedals are more highlights of the Lexus LX 570 S.

Release date

As was the case with the Toyota Land Cruiser 300, the next-gen Lexus LX may arrive first in the Lexus Middle East showrooms which is one of the biggest markets in the world for the luxury SUV. According to the bestcarweb.jp report mentioned before, the next-gen model will debut this October. If this timeline is accurate, it could go on sale in the USA by mid-2022, with prices starting at around $90,000, as the MY2023 Lexus LX. In Australia, Lexus could launch the new LX at the end of Q1 2022 (around March 2022), as per a report from carsguide.com.au.

Demand for Lexus’ Alternative Powered Vehicles (APVs) is on the rise, and it could continue growing in the coming years with the launch of more/new models like the Lexus NX hybrid/plug-in hybrid, the all-new three-row mid-size SUV (tentatively the Lexus TX), the production LF-Z, and the next-gen LX hybrid. In the first half of 2021, Lexus sold 26,688 APVs in the U.S., making a year-over-year growth of 58.5% on a volume basis and 60.6% on a DSR basis. This was the best-ever first-half for the company’s APV models in the country.

We’ll update the page with additional information on the new LX in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back later.

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