Lexus India announced that it has received over 100 bookings for the all-new LM luxury van, which made its debut on August 24 in the country. Lexus even enabled online bookings for the MPV on the said date, thereby catering to a larger audience. The new Lexus LM model is anticipated to go on sale by the year-end, probably around the holiday season, with deliveries to commence in early 2024. In our market, the Lexus LM will be available in a sole top-spec 350h variant with a choice of a four- as well as a seven-seat layout. While there is no official communication from the company, expect the second-generation Lexus LM to be priced more than its sister model – Toyota Vellfire, which is currently priced between Rs 1.20 crore and Rs 1.30 crore (ex-showroom). To give you a perspective, the model in its first generation was launched in 2020 and was exclusive to the Chinese market. After the luxury vehicle was well-received, the automaker decided to introduce the updated iteration of the LM to cater to the diverse needs of international consumers. The model will go on sale in both left- and right-hand drive configurations) in markets, including the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and China.
2024 Lexus LM: Design, Dimensions
The next-generation Lexus LM will be built around Toyota's GA-K modular platform, which also underpins the new Toyota Vellfire MPV (which arrived recently in India) as well as other models in the Toyota-Lexus lineup. In terms of dimensions, the LM measures 5,130mm in length, 1,890mm in width, and 1,945mm in height. It offers a wheelbase of 3,000mm.
On the looks front, the 2024 version gets a massive signature spindle grille with hexagonal-patterned elements, Lexus' pronounced daytime running lights built into sleek LED headlights, vertical housings for the fog lamps, a large glasshouse, door-mounted outside door mirrors, a boomerang-shaped LED light bar at the back, etc. In addition, the body panels of the LM can be seen with numerous cuts and creases, dominating the brand's design language. The MPV rolls on new 17-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels.
2024 Lexus LM: Interior, Features
Lexus will offer the new LM in four- and seven-seater configurations. With an opulent 4-seater version, the rear occupants will get electrically operated seats, a 48.0-inch touchscreen positioned below a glass partition between the driver and passenger area, a new voice control system, and a smartphone-style control panel for seat adjustments, interior lighting, and audio settings. Furthermore, the LM comes with a retractable leather-wrapped table that sits under the armrest, 64-colour ambient lighting, two-level dimming privacy glass, a 23-speaker surround sound system, pillow-style headrests, wireless phone chargers, USB ports, fold-out tables, a refrigerator, heated armrests & ottomans, vanity mirrors, etc.
The LM is also the first car from the manufacturer to include the Rear Climate Concierge smart air conditioning system. With the aid of infrared sensors, the system locates the passenger's face, chest, thighs, and lower legs to determine how much cooling is required in the cabin and then adjusts the temperature as needed. Other bits include a newly designed headliner, an overhead console, a digital rear-view mirror, a digital infotainment system, a two-part sunroof, and an ADAS sensor suite.
2024 Lexus LM: Powertrain
As for the powertrain, the India-spec Lexus LM will have the same technical features as the global-spec model, given that it will be released as a CBU model in our country. Underneath the skin, a sole gasoline-hybrid powertrain will be offered with the second-generation Lexus LM, and that will be a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder, self-charging hybrid engine sending power to all wheels – the 350h version as found on the Vellfire.
Price-wise, the upcoming LM MPV – which stands for Luxury Mover – is expected to command a premium over the Toyota Vellfire. While it has a direct rival in the form of the Vellfire, the MPV will also be offered as an alternative to premium SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.