ALL-NEW LEXUS LM REDEFINES CHAUFFEUR-DRIVEN LUXURY
Lexus has reimagined the concept of chauffeur-driven personal mobility with the world premiere of the second-generation LM flagship MPV at the 2023 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.
The all-new LM offers exceptional rear-seat amenity, supreme comfort and quietness, and the choice of two hybrid-electric powertrains.
The new-generation model has been completely redesigned and will be launched in more than 60 countries.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive John Pappas, in confirming the LM will be brought to Australia, said the flagship MPV would offer customers a private oasis of creativity and relaxation with rear-seat comfort and opulence unlike any other luxury vehicle.
"The all-new LM creates a dignified, elegant and whisper-quiet cabin, with the ability for rear passengers to relax or conduct business in luxurious comfort," Mr Pappas said.
"Combined with the choice of two hybrid powertrains and a full suite of active safety technologies, the all-new LM will be sure to delight customers who demand the ultimate comfort and convenience of a personal luxury suite."
The signature Lexus trait of exceptionally low interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) are key points of focus for the all-new LM, with engineers analysing the noise frequency bandwidth across different areas of the vehicle.
Engineers took steps to improve NVH by minimising noise generated by the vehicle, preventing noise from entering the vehicle and reducing noise inside the vehicle.
A decrease in generated noise focused mainly on road and wind noise, with a particular focus on the wheel arches, hood and pillars.
The engine and mounting system have been finely tuned to reduce vibrations and unwanted noise, while extensive sound deadening has been applied in key areas to provide a quiet and serene space for occupants.
Engineers even worked out a way to create a sense of interior spaciousness through sound by making the roof headliner surface non-absorbent to create subtle, natural sound reflection.
Exceptional ride comfort was a key development point for the LM, with engineers strengthening the chassis by 1.5 times with bracing applied to the radiator support, rocker structure, rear underfloor, quarter pillars and more.
An upgraded version of Lexus' signature Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has been adopted for the first time, with a frequency-sensitive valves installed that reduce vibrations by finely damping in a wide range of frequencies, providing a high-quality ride at any speed.
An all-new 'Rear Comfort' drive mode has been added which prioritises the AVS damping force characteristics for rear-seat comfort while minimising pitch and roll characteristics during acceleration and deceleration.
The LM will be available with two powertrain options - a 2.5-litre intelligent hybrid arrangement for three-row versions, while the flagship four-seat grade will be offered with a powerful and efficient 2.4-litre turbocharged hybrid powertrain similar to the newly launched RX 500h F Sport Performance flagship SUV.
A full suite of Lexus Safety Sense + features provide excellent protection for both occupants and other road users.
Further details on the LM including launch timing, local specification and pricing will be confirmed in due course.
Lexus LM preliminary specifications1
|Track (front/rear) (mm)||1,600/1,615|
|Tyre size (inch)||17, 19|