Lexus Lands The New-Gen LX In India

Look away if you’re looking for a petrol-powered SUV.

It was in October last year when Lexus first unveiled the all-new LX. And now, a year later, the said model has made it to India. If you’re looking for a petrol-powered, full-sized SUV, then the new-gen LX isn’t for you. That’s because Lexus has launched it in one diesel-fed variant – 500d. It costs INR 2.82 crore, primarily because it lands on Indian shores as a direct import. Interestingly, however, Lexus has decided to offer the SUV in a five-seat configuration only.

Powering the Lexus LX 500d is a 3.3-litre turbocharged V6 engine that generates 304bhp/700Nm. The oomph goes to all four wheels via a silky-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. That setup is enough for a 0-100kmph sprint time of 8 seconds, impressive for a people mover that weighs nearly 3.3 tonnes (gross). To tame it on the move, Lexus has equipped the LX 500d with the 4-wheel Active Height Control & Adaptive Variable suspension.

Features? As you’d expect, the SUV is brimming with them. The list includes powered front seats, a moonroof, auto-dimming IRVM, glare-proof ORVMs and power-tumbling rear seats. Creature comforts such as rain-sensing wipers, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster, four-zone automatic climate control, two 11.6-inch entertainment displays for the rear passengers, a wireless mobile charger, a head-up display and a 25-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, are also part of the package.

Safety is top-notch as well. The Lexus LX 500d packs traction control, Hill Assist Control, Crawl Control, tyre pressure monitoring system, 10 airbags and three-point seatbelts for all occupants. And by default, the SUV rides on 22-inch alloy wheels and boasts a ground clearance of 205mm. The SUV is available in five exterior colours, four interior themes and three trim options, including Artwood Takanoha.

In India, the Lexus 500d is priced around the same as the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Out of the three, which one would you settle for?

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