The next-gen Lexus LX is one of more than ten new/improved electrified cars scheduled to arrive by 2025. The luxury SUV could come into the market right after the donor car, the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser, premieres in the following months.
Lexus has confirmed two new product launches in 2021, and we reckon the company is referring to the 2022 Lexus LX and the 2022 Lexus NX.
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
New body panels to differentiate from the Land Cruiser J300
The Lexus LX will have significant visual differentiation from the Toyota 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, which is seen as efforts by the design team to tackle new competitors and gain a unique personality.
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 expected to be slightly longer and taller than its predecessor (LC 200), and it’s expected that the cabin would be roomier on the Lexus derivate.
2022 Lexus LX Features
The 2022 LX should come in 5- and 7-seat versions. We expect it to feature LED headlights, front and rear sequential turn indicators, kick-activated power tailgate (gesture tailgate), electric sunroof with remote control function, and genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel. An image posted on bbs.kakaku.com had revealed features of the next-gen Land Cruiser, which is the donor of the new LX.
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.
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.
2022 Lexus LX technical info
The next-gen Lexus SUV will be underpinned by a new ladder-frame chassis shared with the latest Toyota Land Cruiser in the market (Toyota LC 300). At Toyota, the technical glossary coined for the new platform is TNGA-F.
The Japanese report says that Lexus will offer the outgoing model’s 3UR-FE 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 gasoline engine on the next-gen model. What’s clear is that the LX diesel is not going to live on, and for the first time in four generations, the SUV gets a hybrid variant.
However, the hybrid may not be the same system employed by the LS. The first-ever Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid, set to be launched as part of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (Toyota LC 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 to not add weight to what is already a bulky SUV. The single-motor hybrid powertrain (expected as the 3.5-liter turbo-hybrid) would be coupled to 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 more information to get clarity on the Lexus LX Hybrid.
Lexus LX 570 S – A clue hidden in the last hurrah?
A Lexus LX 570 S variant has been introduced in Australia for the MY2021 and could be the final launch in the current generation. Could the next-gen 2022 Lexus LX have a similar ’S’ variant at the summit?
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 can be specified 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 & variants
In February, a report from bestcarweb.jp suggested that the 2022 Lexus LX hybrid variant could be designated Lexus LX 600h, based on the gasoline variant LX 600. According to the same publication, 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.
We’ll update the page with additional information on the 2022 Lexus LX in the coming weeks so be sure to check back soon.
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