Lexus has finally launched the new Lexus LX 500d at a starting price of Rs 2.82 crore. Lexus had greenlit the luxury SUV for launch back in November and commenced the bookings at a token amount of Rs 25 lakh. LX 500d becomes the most expensive Lexus SUV in India, sitting above Lexus NX and RX. Lexus will be showcasing the LX 500d at AutoExpo next month, alongside the recently teased Lexus RX and LC.
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Lexus LX 500d: Everything you need to know
The Lexus LX 500d is underpinned by the same platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser LC 300 and also shares some structural design elements with its Toyota cousin. What sets the Lexus apart is its remarkable exterior design, highlighted by the signature chrome grille along with unique LED headlights, fog lamps, and air vents. The rear profile is highlighted by a newly designed pair of LED tail lamps connected by a light bar. The tailgate also features the Lexus letter instead of the company logo. The boot lid undergoes a slight design tweak as well.
Inside, the Lexus LX 500d gets a dual touchscreen unit. The upper 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as the infotainment system, while the 7.0-inch touchscreen below it displays the off-road data and climate control functions. Rear seats have been equipped with two 11.6-inch touchscreen entertainment systems as well. The interior colour theme comes in four different options – tan, red, black, and a white and brown combo. Overseas, the Lexus LX500d is available in 5-seat and 7-seat configurations, but only the 5-seat variant has been made available in India.
Under the hood, the Lexus LX500d is powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel engine that can generate a maximum power of 305hp and 700Nm peak torque. This is the same engine as the Toyota Land Cruiser LC300. This engine also comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Multi-terrain off-roading modes have also been made available on the SUV. Lexus will not be offering the LX500d in a petrol variant. This comes as a surprise since Lexus had pulled its diesel units from India following the BS6 emission norms.
Lexus will be rolling out the deliveries for the LX 500d in January. The first batch of orders will be delivered by March. Priced at Rs 2.82 crore, the Lexus LX 500d rivals the likes of the new Range Rover and Mercedes-Maybach GLS.