The Lexus officials at the Auto Shanghai motor show unveiled a bit of a surprise to the Chinese consumer: a very high-end and shiny minivan, called LM, with a huge version of the already not-so-discrete Lexus grille.
Lexus executives have long talked about finding new segments to explore, and they believe they have found white space in the MPV market with what they call a "world's first package". And that's where Lexus is aiming the LM at - this isn't a global product, but one that is "soon to be available in China and select Asian markets". In addition to the standard 7-seat configuration, buyers can choose a four-seat chauffeur set up. The two rear recliners are split off from the driver's area by a divider wall with integrated 26-in display accompanied by Mark Levinson audio.
The Lexus LM is available in two variants. Interestingly, the cooling function is done by suction ventilation.
The LM will be available in both four and seven-seat configurations.
Rear passengers can kick back in their first-class cocoon and enjoy multimedia content during the ride, controlling everything from seating position to climate with the centralized touch panel.
The Lexus LM will be offered with either a traditional V6 engine or a four-cylinder hybrid. The seats located on the second row will be the most comfortable and will feature larger, more supportive armrests.
During the unveiling, Lexus informed that there are two powertrain options, a petrol-electric hybrid option which features a 2.5 litre 218hp petrol-electric motor combo, which is also found on the Lexus ES 300h. Lexus says the LM features swing-valve shock absorbers. At the rear, combined with the bumper is a uniquely designed full width LED taillight reminiscent of other Lexus models. However, the prominent spindle grille and chrome-accented body make this van unmistakably Lexus.
Moving to the side, look for the shiny bits to distinguish the Lexus - dual arrowhead chrome ornamentation on the centre pillar and those elaborate wheels.