The 2022 Lexus LX 600 looks like a big bang, but the clever use of aluminum and other weight-saving measures made the new SUV over 440 pounds lighter than the outgoing LX 570 it is replacing.
That lighter curb weight – about 5,500 pounds – should work well with the new 409-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 2-speed transfer case with permanent four-wheel drive.
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Lexus promises on-road performance thanks to a new version of its height-adjustable, hydraulically controlled suspension, and the SUV now uses electric power steering.
The Lexus LX 600
The LX 600 will be off-road as it has a version of the Multi-Terrain Select system used in the Toyota 4Runner and other Toyota / Lexus vehicles
Universe. Lexus actually screwed the base wheel's diameter back to 18 inches (from 20 inches) and provided more rubber sidewall to absorb rockfalls in the terrain. City runabouts don't have to worry though, with 22-inch wheels on the option list.
Inside, the new LX advertises with 12.3-inch and 7.0-inch displays. The larger unit takes on the infotainment functions. Fortunately, it does without the cumbersome control button of its predecessor in favor of a pure touchscreen surface. The smaller display takes over the air conditioning and off-road functions. Land Rover uses a similar dual screen concept on many of its vehicles.
The LX 600 will be launched on the market at the beginning of next year in the equipment variants Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport and Ultra Luxury. Prices haven't been announced yet, but it's hard to imagine many traders coming in for well below $ 100,000.
The Lexus LX 600
A new, ultra-luxury version of the top class comprises individual seats in the second row, which are separated by a wide center console, with a redundant display for air conditioning functions and two entertainment monitors in the rear seats. The new F Sport version rides on the 22-inch wheels mentioned above and has optimized suspension elements, a rear differential with limited slip and an improved stabilizer to improve handling on the road.
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While the Toyota Land Cruiser passport was rejected, the new LX 600 received the approval stamp for the North American market. This may come as a surprise given that the Land Cruiser heritage in the US dates back to the late 1950s, while the LX has only been sold here since 1996. The LX, however, has long outperformed the Land Cruiser in the US price point allowing a greater profit margin for the automaker.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.