In China, sales of Lexus LM, the first minivan in the range of the brand, started. So far, only the hybrid version of the LM 300h is available for order with a base price of 1 million 166 thousand yuan (about 10.47 million rubles at the current rate). For comparison, Toyota Alphard with an identical power plant in China costs from 800 thousand yuan (about 7.18 million rubles).
Lexus LM is based on the current Toyota Alphard – minivans have the same wheelbase with a length of 3000 millimeters and a similar interior layout, but due to the difference in the plumage of the Lexus, it is 65 millimeters longer than Toyota. Technically, the LM differs from the Alphard only in retuned shock absorbers.
At the beginning of sales, LM is available to order in only two sets and in two color options – black and white. The basic seven-seat version of Elegance has a configuration of seats according to the 2 + 2 + 3 scheme, the luxurious four-seater Royal Edition has a 2 + 2 configuration. Top-end performance will cost 1 million 466 thousand yuan (about 13 million 164 thousand rubles). Unlike the Alphard, the second-row seats on the LM are separated from the front by a partition.
In the Royal version, the partition between the passenger compartment and the driver consists of electrochromic glass, in which a 26-inch screen is integrated. Multicontour chairs of the second row are equipped with ventilation, heating, massage, ottoman and many electrical adjustments. In a special niche you can cool a couple of bottles of champagne. In addition, the interior of the minivan can be turned into a mini-cinema: 19 speakers are responsible for the audio preparation.
The hybrid power plant version LM 300h consists of an atmospheric 2.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. The return of the system has not yet been named, probably on the “three hundred” Lexus hybrid produces the same 197 horsepower as on the Toyota Alphard. In the future, a modification of the LM 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a capacity of about 300 horsepower will appear in the range. Minivans can be ordered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The issuance of Lexus LM to Chinese brand customers will begin in February. Within a year, Lexus can expand the geography of sales outside the Middle Kingdom, but outside of Asia, the model is unlikely to be offered. The plans of the Russian office of Lexus for 2020 minivan LM is not announced.
Most luxury minivans that are officially sold in Russia are equipped with diesel engines, so domestic fans of luxury gasoline vans have to pay attention to Toyota Alphard, the prices of which start from 4 million 764 thousand rubles.