Luxury 2023 Lexus LM MPV Debuts, Teases Fourth-Generation Toyota Alphard

Lexus has unveiled the next generation Lexus LM at the Auto Shanghai 2023 event in China. Since the LM is a ‘triplet’ with the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, we can take it as a preview of what the fourth generation Toyota Alphard/Vellfire will offer.

The new Lexus LM measures 5,125mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,955mm high, with a 3,000mm wheelbase. While the wheelbase remains the same as the previous model, the new exterior measurements represent an increase of 85mm in length, 40mm in width and 10mm in height.

Lexus LM side view

Engine options for the LM for the Chinese market are 100% hybrid, either a 2.4-liter turbohybrid with eAxle or a 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four with front-wheel drive or an E-Four rear axle.

The 2.4-liter turbo hybrid system made its debut in the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sports Performance, where the 2.4-litre turbo engine drives the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while an eAxle electric motor drives the rear wheels. Similar to the RX, this new LM 500h hybrid turbo variant replaces the 3.5-litre V6 model.

Lexus LM captain seats

The new LM is available in 3 rows with 6 or 7 seats, or 2 rows with 4 seats. For the development of the seats, the body movements of the passengers were carefully analyzed to ensure a state of natural relaxation. The front seats optimize the distribution of pressure on the surface of the seat cushion to support the body, regardless of the amount of G-force during cornering. The aim is to achieve seating comfort that reduces fatigue and an environment that allows the driver to dialogue with the car.

For the second-row seats, two types of cushioning materials with different characteristics are used to gently envelop and support passengers, from when the vehicle is stationary to when it is in motion. On models with third-row seats, thick seat backs and cushions allow adults to sit comfortably.

Ride comfort has been improved by increasing the torsional rigidity of the chassis by 50% more than the previous model, thanks to reinforcements in the radiator support and rear floor, a straight rocker structure and a reinforcement in the quarter of pillar. The structural adhesive used for the upper body and floor also helps reduce vibration.

For the first time, Lexus features “frequency-sensitive piston-valve AVS suspension,” which combines an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) actuator and a frequency-sensitive piston-valve in the damper. A new ‘Rear Comfort’ driving mode makes it possible to emphasize rear-seat comfort. The AVS’s force damping characteristics are configured to prioritize rear-seat comfort, while integrated accelerator and brake pedal control reduces stance changes during acceleration and deceleration.

For the interior, a total of 64 lighting colors are available, including 14 theme colors and 50 custom colors that can be selected based on preference. A Lexus first, “Rear Climate Concierge” provides integrated control of items such as air conditioning, seating position, sunshades and lighting.

Lexus LM 4 seater

The pinnacle of the LM’s luxury offering is the 4-seat model, featuring a partition equipped with an eye-catching 48-inch widescreen in front of the rear seats.

A retractable glass partition above the screen separates the front and rear compartments while offering a clear view forward, and assist grips make getting in and out easy.

The rear compartment also features a fridge. The extension and retraction range of the ottoman has been increased compared to the previous model, while maintaining a wide distance between the ottoman and the partition. Heated armrests and ottomans are another first for Lexus.

Taking this further, a dedicated rear seat heat sensing IR (infrared) array sensor located in the top center of the partition detects the temperature of the occupants and parts of the vehicle that affect ambient temperature, such as the windows. , trim and ceiling.

The system then estimates how hot or cold the occupant is feeling in four specific areas (face, chest, thighs, and lower legs) and controls the air conditioning and seat heating together to maintain a comfortable temperature. inside the vehicle at all times. times.

The retractable table, which fits inside the armrest, is large enough to fit a tablet or laptop. It has a leather-wrapped surface with enhanced texture and an anti-slip and anti-scratch finish.

In terms of safety, the new Lexus LM features a full suite of Lexus Safety System+ including Pre-Crash Safety, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (with all-speed follow function), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) , driver abnormal response system and proactive. Driving assistant (PDA).

Tags: Shanghai Auto 2023

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