Lexus, a luxury sub-division of Toyota has released a teaser image of its upcoming MPV which will be christened as the Lexus LM. The released teaser image suggests it a derivative of the parent company Toyota’s Alphard. However, the surfaced image is not revealing the major details of the MPV though it appears to be an MPV with large, boxy silhouette typical of the breed, akin to the Alphard MPV’s. On the other hand, the previously released teaser proposes that the exterior of the LM could feature attributes borrowed from the Lexus like a revised grille, new headlamps and LED-lights as well. The LM is believed to be showcased at the upcoming 2019 Auto Shanghai on April 16, 2019.
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The patents filed for monikers the ‘LM350’ and ‘LM300h’ last year, suggests the Japanese luxury brand will provide the LM with both the petrol engine and the petrol-electric hybrid motor. The LM300h is anticipated to be the 218hp, 2.5-litre petrol-electric unit which propels the Lexus ES 300h.
Also, we all are aware with the fact that Lexus is a luxury subsidiary of Toyota, so we expect, the Lexus LM as a luxury people carrier which would be fancier than the Alphard, which already is a premium offering. The Lexus LM will be produced at the same manufacturing unit in Inabe, Japan where the Alphard is being produced. It is expected to hit the production line by 2020. Initially, it will be rolled in Asian markets, especially in China and will compete against the Mercedes V-Class.
The Indian lineup of the Lexus consists of the LS and ES as luxury sedan whereas the LX, NX and RX as SUVs.