Lexus LX500d bookings open in India, deliveries begin from January 2023
When we spoke to Naveen Soni, President of Lexus India at the sidelines of the NX350h launch, he dropped some hints about upcoming launches and the brand’s future plans in India. Lexus India has now officially opened bookings for the LX500d for an amount of Rs 10 lakh, and we expect a marginal price hike once launched.
What is the Lexus LX500d?
The Lexus LX500d is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, sharing plenty of components with it. It is also the Land Cruiser equivalent for Lexus, but in a much more premium and fancy package. For starters, while the LX500d retains its basic SUV silhouette, the design elements here appear sharper than its Toyota counterpart, with an edgy front-end featuring the trademark Lexus grille . The rear too receives its own set of tweaks to differentiate it from the Land Cruiser, featuring sharper tail lamps, a redesigned bumper, and a full-width light bar running across the tailgate.
The Lexus LX500d is underpinned by the GA-F platform, and is offered with petrol and diesel powertrains globally. However, we will be receiving the 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo powertrain, which produces 304bhp and 700Nm of torque. This powertrain will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the LX500d will also get a full-time 4x4 system
While we do not know much about the set of equipment that will be offered, we do know that the LX500d will be offered in four-seater and five-seater trims. The new Lexus LX500d receives a dual-screen setup on the dashboard — a 12.3-inch touchscreen for navigation, sound controls, and the multi-terrain monitor, while a 7-inch touchscreen is available for climate control and other functions.
The Lexus LX500d goes up against the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, BMW X7, the new Range Rover and Toyota’s own Land Cruiser. We expect a slight price hike from the current-gen model’s Rs 2.32 crore ex-showroom price tag, and the estimated on-road price is Rs 3 crore. Stay tuned for more!
If you're interested in a history lesson, here's one on the Toyota Land Cruiser.