The Lexus LM revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show
Lexus launched their latest addition to itheir lineup at the Shanghai Motor Show. The Lexus LM is their commitment to delivering amazing experiences, and reveals their vision for a new luxury mobile lifestyle.
Soon to be available in China and select Asian markets, the spacious and sophisticated Luxury Mover, responds to the increased demand for products tailored to local and individual tastes.
The unique flexibility and spaciousness inherent to the luxury MPV category has helped its evolution into an unrivalled form of luxury transport in Asia, driving stable segment growth over the past five years. The Lexus LM aims to create a luxury rear seat experience unlike any other to help cater to the growing demands for chauffeured vehicles from China and Asia’s luxury consumers.
The Lexus LM seeks to meet the needs of the modern, driven, always on-the-go professionals who view their luxury vehicle as more than mere transportation. Compared to traditional luxury vehicles, Lexus envisions a luxury environment creating a personal space that helps occupants perform better in business and also maximizes time when on the move. The height and width of the LM allows its four-seat configuration to offer a crafted mobile space equally adept at supporting business ambitions with a private space that has been optimized for work and relaxation.
The Lexus LM will be offered in two models (LM 350 and LM 300h) and two drive types (front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive). Availability will vary by market. The LM 350 uses a 3.5-liter DOHC petrol engine and LM 300h leverages the 2.5-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine and hybrid system. A new ultra low-velocity valve in the piston manages the oil flow in response to the most minor of road irregularities. It will exert appropriate damping force, providing excellent responsiveness on all varieties of road surfaces, resulting in consistently even ride quality.
The LM’s exterior is defined by the Lexus spindle grille, and chrome accentuation of the side body. The center pillar is adorned with dual arrowhead chrome ornamentation that enhances the vehicle’s side-view and hints to its premium nature. The grille is chrome plated with flowing accents that help create the sense of dynamism necessary to distinguish this vehicle. Two exterior color options are available for the LM: Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine.
Unique headlamps integrate the distinctive arrowhead shape of Lexus daytime running lamps, and offer composite projection beams that involve low beam and high beam operations. In addition, the rear LED lamps inspired by the Lexus new design signature use a wide lens spanning the entire rear width of the LM and offering a sense of presence.
Beginning with the renowned utility and comfort of an MPV, Lexus helps define this segment’s luxury class by offering a choice of optimized interior configurations. The unique configurations seek to create a unique luxury space for their owners while making a statement about their lifestyle. Expertly crafted details such as leather wrapped surfaces and stitched panels create an interior with a premium feel. Newly-developed Gin-Sui-Boku (Silver Ink) ornamentation inspired by the art of ink wash painting adorns the interior giving it a distinctive appeal.
The Lexus LM is equipped with the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System that delivers clear, live-sounding in-car audio entertainment. The use of acoustic glass helps achieve an extraordinary level of quietness that further elevates the luxury space.
Four-Seat Format – Ultimate Rear Seat Experience
The opulent four-seat configuration of the LM is suited to the chauffeured needs of the urban, business focused professional as it provides a relaxing, private environment that supports their business mission. The LM distinguishes itself with its unique four-seat layout that locates two large, throne-style, high back supportive seats in the rear of the luxury mobile space. In this configuration, the LM aims to create a rear seat experience unrivalled among luxury vehicles. The rear seats are designed for their occupants to relax in a very soothing space. The reclining angle was carefully designed for optimum relaxation, and the position of the occupant’s face relative to the window. The seats rely on plush low-density urethane foam that offers ideal support with couch-like comfort. This package aims to maximize the sense of space afforded by this configuration, relying on the high ceiling and width to create a sense of peace from the spaciousness afforded. These seats are also cooled using suction ventilation that draws air through the seat surface to enhance comfort.
In the four-seat configuration, the LM combines a finely crafted rear cabin that offers a serene, decompressing environment and plush ride quality. Designed as an ultimate comfort space, the rear cabin features a 26” color display, a refrigerator, umbrella storage, and center console with touch control panel. The panel controls the seat position, relaxation function, climate control and audio for the rear private space. Capacity of the refrigerator is approximately 14-liter and accommodates wine bottles and glasses.
The glass of the rear partition is adjustable to help regulate the privacy of the rear space. The 26” color display interfaces with computers, smartphones, and tablets for the travelling professional. For relaxation, the display plays Blu-ray DVD’s.
The LM is also available in a seven-seat configuration. This layout offers two separate luxury bucket seats for the first two rows and a third rear row of three seats across, finished in leather seat covering. The seats of the center row are distinguished by larger, more supportive arm rests. This seven-seat configuration of the LM is ideally suited for business professionals who also intend to use the vehicle for family duty transportation.