Riding a new body-on-frame platform, the 2022 Lexus LX600 made its debut as its long-awaited redesign was revealed on Wednesday. The full-size SUV will hit US dealerships in the first quarter of 2022.
The new fourth-generation LX benefits from a more rigid architecture and reduced weight, although its wheelbase remains the same. The fresh model is 20 percent stiffer and 441 pounds lighter than the outgoing generation. This is possible, in part, because of the aluminum doors of the SUV.
It takes its look from the new Lexus NX and doesn’t look much different from the previous generation with a longer, thinner nose and bigger grille that is complemented by thinner headlights. Up front, a square rear and the familiar lighting and logo design elevate the LX in a relaxed modern Lexus SUV aesthetic.
Lexus will sell the 2022 LX in the new Ultra Luxury and F Sport grades, both of which have unique grilles (the Ultra Luxury has a seven double-bar design while the F Sport’s more traditional mesh makes an appearance).
Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, an improvement of 26 horsepower and 76 pound-feet of torque over the previous generation’s 5.7-liter V8’s output. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Like the new Tundra, the revised LX benefits from newly installed electric power steering and brakes. It also gets an adaptive air suspension and Active Height Control, which allows for four levels of adjustment: Low, Normal, Hi1 and Hi2).
The SUV rides on 18-, 20- or 22-inch wheels, depending on the buyer’s preference. The 2022 LX F Sport buyers get a limited slip differential that has been designed to deliver better on-road performance.
The LX benefits from the product engineering that has been employed in the next generation Toyota Land Cruiser, which is not available in the US. It gets drive modes (auto, dirt, sand, mud, deep snow and rock) and five-setting crawl controls. , enhances its off-roading capabilities.
Lexus designers have put comfort and utility at the front of their design for the SUV. The seats in the Ultra Luxury trim level come with just four, deeply reclined seats and give rear-seat passengers up to 43 inches of legroom. Each of the four seats is specially crafted to offset lateral movements caused by g-forces and imperfections in the road.
There is a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen on the dashboard while there is a 7-inch screen at the bottom. The large screen is home to the navigation, audio control and terrain surveillance camera systems. Among the smaller features are climate control and a control panel for the larger screen while the entire surface of the larger screen is taken with camera angles.
The cup holder cover is bathed with scratch-resistant self-healing paint, which allows the closed area to be used as a note table.
The Lexus LX F Sport grade gets its own special seat surface that serves to control riders during more performance-focused maneuvers. Buyers get the option of Ultra White paint color for the exterior of the car and Circuit Red interior with F Sport grade only.
Each 2022 LX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System 2.5+, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Emergency steering assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign recognition and automatic high beam out of the package.