2018 Lexus LX 450d diesel now on sale in Australia

Lexus is introducing a twin-turbo V8 diesel option for its LX super-large, super-lux SUV, taking on the badge LX 450d. This is the first time a diesel version of the modern LX is being offered in Australia.

Up until now the Toyota LandCruiser-based Lexus LX has only been available with a 5.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol V8 in Australia, called the LX 570. Sure, it belts out 270kW and 530Nm, but the fuel economy is not ideal, rated at 14.4L/100km on the combined cycle.

The new LX 450d comes with the 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine that’s also offered in the LandCruiser, producing 200kW and 650Nm. This unit is Euro 5 emissions certified and uses a diesel particulate filter, offering a fuel economy average of 9.5L/100km. Power is sent through a six-speed auto transmission with all-wheel drive.

Being the flagship Lexus SUV, all of the usual luxuries and creature comforts are present in the 450d. Included is a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing 285/50 tyres, a four-camera external view monitor for off-roading, and five different drive modes, with variable-ratio steering, adaptive variable suspension and active height control.

On the dash is a 12.3-inch multimedia system with sat-nav, digital radio, along with four-zone climate control with nanoe technology, all decorated with a shimamoku-woodgrain trim. Speaking about the new variant, Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said:

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“We have had consistent demand for the LX with a turbo-diesel and Lexus has responded by developing an extremely well-specified vehicle that we are able to offer at a remarkable price. The turbo-diesel engine is smooth, quiet and powerful and will suit a wide variety of applications.”

The Lexus LX 450d is on sale priced from $134,500, making it $6000 more affordable than the LX 570 petrol version.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.