Lexus LX Gains A V8 Biturbo Diesel, $134,500

by under News on 28 Mar 2018 12:12:32 PM28 Mar 2018

Finally, they did the sensible thing.

2018 Lexus LX450d

We have said before of Lexus’ enormous flagship SUV, the LX, that it’d be very difficult for us to recommend it unless you were a Russian oligarch or closely related to one. With only a 5.7-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol mill, fuel consumption was appalling, power was merely adequate (for such a large motor), and its only redeeming qualities were its immense refinement and very linear power delivery, the latter particularly good for off-roading (we can hear you laughing).

Now though, for those who want a Lexus the size of a city flat but don’t want to bleed money for fuel, there’s an alternative: Today, the LX range gains a 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel V8, in the form of the LX450d. And it does 9.5-litres/100km. 

2018 Lexus LX450d
“We have had consistent demand for the LX with a turbodiesel, and Lexus has responded by developing an extremely well-specified vehicle that we are able to offer at a remarkable price. The turbo-diesel engine is smooth, quiet, and powerful, and will suit a wide variety of applications.” — Scott Thompson, CEO, Lexus Australia

*We were one of those people demanding a turbodiesel.

2018 Lexus LX450d

As we said earlier, the big news here is under the bonnet, where you’ll find a 4.5-litre V8 diesel, charged by two turbos, capable of producing a rather impressive 200kW and 650Nm, with the latter available from as little as 1600rpm and the former achieved at 3600rpm. Thanks to its impressive 9.5L/100km official fuel consumption figure, you can expect to go nearly 1000km between fill-ups, aided further by the enormous diesel fuel tank that hides where the third-row of seats used to be.

What Lexus giveth, they can taketh away… But then again, how often does anyone ever use the third-row, anyway? Instead though, there’s 400L of space back there (loaded up to the top of the rear seats), with the second-row able to be folded down for further space if needed. 

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Inside the LX you’ll find all the usual creature comforts you’d expect in a big SUV like this, like a 12.3-inch high-definition infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation, quad-zone climate control, a premium audio system (with DAB digital radio and bluetooth), a leather steering wheel with “shimamoku-woodgrain trim” and paddle shifters.

You’ll also find heated front seats, and a wireless phone charger.

Exterior standard features include LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and ‘progressive’ turn signals on all four corners, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Drivers will appreciate the tyre-pressure monitoring system, as well as ‘Lexys Safety System +’ which adds a variety of advanced driver assistance systems like active cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive high-beam, and rear cross-traffic alert, among others. There’s also a five-mode drive system, adaptive air suspension, and even crawl-control and 360º cameras for off-road use (stop laughing). 

2018 Lexus LX450d

The new Lexus LX450d is available in showrooms today, with prices starting at $134,500 before on-road costs. Finally, we can genuinely recommend one of these over a Toyota Land Cruiser.

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