Lexus, the ultimate of luxury, debuts its latest masterpiece, the Lexus LM, a car that symbolizes elegance like no other. The LM had its global premiere in 2020. In this post, we will look at the latest features, technical breakthroughs, and design modifications that distinguish the LM from other premium MPVs.
The Impressive Exterior
The first thing you notice about the Lexus LM is its sheer size. It’s substantially larger in terms of length, width, and height compared to its predecessor. The prominent grille, a hallmark of Lexus, not only adds to its imposing presence but also enhances its aerodynamics. With such dimensions, excellent airflow management is crucial for optimal performance.
The LM comes equipped with sleek 3 LED headlamps featuring an adaptive high beam assist system, which not only provides excellent visibility but also complements the car’s design. Depending on your preference, you can choose between 17-inch alloys (on the pre-production model) or 19-inch alloys (available later this year).
The rear of the LM boasts a large spoiler and tasteful chrome accents, including the Lexus brand name that replaces the logo. Unique connecting lamps run seamlessly from one tail lamp to the other, joined by a light bar. You have a choice of four colors, including Sonic Agate and Sonic Titanium, which are new additions.
Unmatched Interior Luxury
The true essence of the LM lies in its interior, particularly in the rear seats. Lexus has left no stone unturned in providing the utmost comfort and luxury to passengers, especially those in the second row. The Lexus LM comes in both four-seater and seven-seater versions. Let’s delve into the four-seater configuration.
The rear seats in the four-seater version are akin to business-class airline seats. They offer an almost flat recline, allowing you to take a comfortable nap during long journeys. Moreover, the ottoman seats come with heating and massage functions, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable ride.
Lexus has incorporated a groundbreaking feature – a warmth-sensing infrared Matrix sensor, which continually monitors the temperature of four specific areas of the rear seat occupants: face, chest, thighs, and lower legs. The system also offers three preset modes: Focus, Relax, and Energize. The rear seat climate concierge takes care of posture, including massage functions and lighting conditions. The middle row in the seven-seater version offers similar functions but is not as wide.
A highlight of the four-seater version is the massive 48-inch screen. You can customize its appearance, opting for a split screen or a single screen, wide or narrow. Infotainment functions are easily accessible through devices provided for each passenger, allowing seamless control of audio, Bluetooth, media, and climate.
Other notable features include a refrigerator, concealed tables in the armrest, a wireless charger for each passenger, and ambient lighting in 64 colors, with 50 custom options. In addition, the four-seater version introduces a private personalized cabin, separated from the front seat area, offering passengers ultimate privacy, comfort, and luxury.
Moving to the front row, the LM maintains the same premium standard. The dashboard houses a 14-inch touchscreen system compatible with Wireless Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is wired). It’s user-friendly and responsive, offering an enjoyable infotainment experience.
For convenience, the seven-seater model features a wireless charger. The Lexus LM offers two interior upholstery options, including the new Solace wide theme, as well as ornamentation for a personalized touch.
The LM is not just about luxury; it offers practicality too. A unique feature is the electric tailgate release button, placed for easy access. In terms of cargo space, the four-seater version offers 752 liters.
Performance and Drive
The LM’s size commands attention, and driving it requires a degree of adaptability. Lexus has paid attention to sound insulation, ensuring a comfortable yet balanced cabin environment. The Lexus LM is powered by a 2.5-liter petrol engine with a strong hybrid setup, delivering both power and efficiency. With a generous fuel tank, it offers an impressive range, making refueling a rare necessity.
Paddle shifters are available for an engaging driving experience, allowing you to choose your preferred driving style. Drive modes are accessible through the touchscreen, offering flexibility but with room for improvement in ease of use.
Ride Quality and Handling
The Lexus LM excels in ride quality and handling. The cabin is well-insulated, offering a serene atmosphere inside. Its adaptive variable suspension ensures a smooth ride, and it effectively minimizes posture changes during acceleration and deceleration.
Lexus introduces pitch and roll controls to enhance handling, ensuring stability during cornering and hard braking. Despite being an MPV, the LM was surprised by its driving dynamics.
The Lexus LM prioritizes safety with features like pre-collision systems, lane departure alerts, and dynamic radar cruise control. The safe exit assist system prevents doors from opening when an obstacle is detected.
How much does a new Lexus LM cost?
The 2024 Lexus LM will first be available in seven-seat form as the LM 350h Sports Luxury, with two- or all-wheel drive starting at $160,888 and $165,888 before on-road charges, respectively. This adds about $30,000 to the price of the existing Mercedes-Benz V-Class flagship.
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