Lexus LX is a larnier Land Cruiser



African News Agency


LEXUS has announced pricing and opened the order books for its allnew LX 500 and LX 600 flagship SUV models. While customers can now place orders at their nearest dealer, Lexus isn’t saying exactly when they’ll be able to get hold of one as, like most brands, it is experiencing “acute supply constraints”. The Lexus LX is based on the new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser 300, but lures its more upscale clients with a bolder design and more luxurious interior. As with the LC300, buyers can choose between petrol and diesel engines, within a five-model range that is priced from R2 206 600 to R2 627 500. The new 3.3-litre V6 twinturbo diesel engine produces 225kW and 700Nm, while the 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol is good for 305kW and 650Nm. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a new four-wheel-drive system with front and rear differentials as well as a torsen centre diff. Cabin specification is lavish across the board, with feature highlights including a dual-screen “Tazuna” cockpit, BladeScan adaptive highbeam system and 25-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Also available in all grades is a Lexus-debut fingerprint identification for engine start.If you prefer to be driven, you’ll want the new LX 600 VIP Grade model, which treats you to four individual seats. In the back you’ll get to enjoy 860mm of legroom and seats that are electrically adjustable, up to a 48-degree recline, as well as heated and ventilated. The rear also features a multi- information panel, equipped with a 11.6inch touch screen to control all rear comfort features. The new VIP grade features extended massage options, including a full-body, shoulder and lumbar seat massage options. To give it the imposing presence deserving of a VIP,, the flagship grade rolls on 22-inch premium metallic alloy wheels. The F Sport grade is also available to LX customers for the first time. The Lexus LX is sold with a sevenyear/100 000km warranty.