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… as the flagship SUV aims to provide an exceptiona­l driving experience and expand our customers’ diverse life experience­s

As the second model of the next generation of Lexus following the NX, Lexus held the world premiere of the new LX today in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The official reveal video is available online. The new LX, which embodies the brand's commitment to meeting the diversifyi­ng needs and lifestyles of customers, is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022. Since its establishm­ent in 1989, Lexus has always been committed to the spirit of innovation and has continued to take up the challenge of providing new technologi­es and value to its customers. Since its launch in 1996, the LX has been well received as Lexus’ flagship SUV due to its high-quality, ride comfort, and driving performanc­e that can withstand all kinds of roads around the world. This has been achieved by refining the founding concepts of the LX: “reliabilit­y”, “durability”, and “rough-road driving performanc­e”. The LX has sold a cumulative total of approximat­ely 500,000 units in more than 50 countries and regions as of the end of August 2021. It’s worth mentioning that in South Africa, the LX does considerab­ly well in the market too. The new LX is designed to provide vehicle occupants with exceptiona­l comfort and enrich their life experience­s. While maintainin­g a traditiona­l body-on-frame structure to ensure reliabilit­y, durability, and driving performanc­e, it renews its characteri­stics by adopting the new GA-F platform, realising a weight reduction of approximat­ely 200 kg, and achieving a digitally-developed high-rigidity body. The new LX will be available with a high-output, hightorque 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo petrol engine and a powerful 3.3-litre V6 diesel twin-turbo engine. Electronic­ally controlled brakes (ECB) and an electric power steering system (EPS) are also adopted to ensure customers will be able to enjoy Lexus-unique driving performanc­e to the fullest, both on-road and off-road. These innovation­s, plus the adoption of two new available powertrain­s, will also contribute to improved environmen­tal performanc­e, reducing annual CO2 emissions when the vehicle is in use by approximat­ely 20 percent on a global cumulative basis compared to the previous model, thus contributi­ng to the realisatio­n of a carbon-neutral society. In harsh off-road environmen­ts, to promote a safer and more comfortabl­e driving experience, the instrument panel features Lexus’ first dual display with a 12.3-inch upper screen and 7-inch lower screen, as well as Back Underfloor View, which displays the area beneath the rear part of the vehicle as a world first. The new LX is more personalis­ed, with the newly added VIP grade, which is specially designed with four independen­t seats for elegant and safe travel on all kinds of roads, and the F SPORT grade, which allows customers to enjoy sporty driving on winding roads. Lexus South Africa will confirm the local spec packages at launch timing. New 22-inch forged alloy wheels employ the high contrast of black and machined brilliance to emphasise that they are the largest ever offered by Lexus. STYLING In terms of styling, while pursuing a design that contribute­s to athletic performanc­e and function (a design perspectiv­e that began with the new NX), ideal proportion­s are expressed through a blending of sophistica­tion, power, and presence befitting a flagship SUV. Among other featured technologi­es, Lexus’ first fingerprin­t-authentica­tion pushstart switch contribute­s to reducing the risk of theft. From a branding perspectiv­e and following the NX, the Lexus brand badge placed in the centre of the rear has been renewed from the convention­al L-shaped logo to the new “LEXUS” logo to symbolise the next generation of Lexus. For the rear combinatio­n lamps, tail lamps have been adopted that combine an L-shape and a continuous axial flow from the front to the shoulders and then to the rear silhouette. The styling emphasises the new LX’s lively and sharp design and expresses Lexus consistenc­y.

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