2022 Lexus LX 500d, LX 600 confirmed for Australia, arrives in April

Can’t source a 300 Series Toyota LandCruiser? You might want to step up to the all-new, platform-sharing 2022 Lexus LX 600 or LX 500d? They are scheduled to arrive in Australia in April.

The local arm has just sent out some details on the new model, which will be available with both the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel engine (the sole option for the 300 Series in Australia), or a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol.

Outputs carry over from the Toyota in diesel form, with the all-new unit developing 227kW and 700Nm for the LX 500d. This engine option will be available in standard seven-seat trim, or five-seat F Sport and Sports Luxury grades.

Meanwhile, the new petrol V6 engine – which debuted in the LS 500 – produces 305kW and 650Nm. It will be available in four main variant levels, including standard seven-seat, F Sport and Sports Luxury five-seat, and a special Ultra Luxury four-seat configuration.

All models will come with twin digital screens for the dash, including a 12.3-inch main screen and 7.0-inch display, along with an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster and head-up display. Digital radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and wireless phone charging will also come standard on all.

Also standard is a 25-speaker Mark Levison sound system, four-zone climate control, Shimamoku wood trimming (at minimum), and Lexus’s new tri-beam LED headlights with BladeScan adaptive beam technology.

Moving up to the Sports Luxury welcomes twin 11.6-inch rear entertainment screens, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and Takanoha three-layer wood highlights inside. The F Sport dons a bespoke exterior package with 22-inch forged alloy wheels, a Torsen rear limited-slip differential, Adaptive Variable Suspension, and Hadori aluminium interior trimmings.

Safety systems have been amped up for the new model, with features such as intersection turn assist (an LX first), emergency steering assist, and a four-camera multi-monitor system sure to increase peace of mind for customers.

Like the 300 Series, the new LX is based on Toyota’s TNGA platform. Specifically, the TNGA-F layout. It sees torsional rigidity increase by 20 per cent over the outgoing LX platform, while weight is down by up to 110kg. The layout also promises improved weight distribution and driving dynamics. Speaking about the new model, Lexus Australia chief executive John Pappas said:

“The all-new LX joins our LC sports car and LS flagship sedan within the incredible Lexus L Series range, representing the pinnacle of Takumi craftsmanship, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology. With the strength of twin-turbocharged powertrains, new F Sport and Ultra Luxury grades, multiple seating configurations and the exclusive Encore Platinum owner benefits program, the new-generation LX offers breathtaking luxury and capability.”

The new model is scheduled to go on sale in Australia in April. Prices and final specs will be outlined closer to its arrival. See below for a quick rundown on the main variants that will be offered here.

227kW/700Nm 3.3 twin-turbo diesel V6
2022 Lexus LX 500d 7-seat
2022 Lexus LX 500d F Sport 5-seat
2022 Lexus LX 500d Sports Luxury 5-seat

305kW/650Nm 3.5 twin-turbo petrol V6
2022 Lexus LX 600 7-seat
2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport 5-seat
2022 Lexus LX 600 Sports Luxury 5-seat
2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury 4-seat