No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Lexus has indeed created a luxury van, unveiling the posh newcomer (seemingly as a rival to the recently facelifted Mercedes-Benz V-Class) at Auto Shanghai 2019 ahead of an imminent launch in China and other select Asian markets.
Clearly based on the Toyota Alphard already offered in some markets, the new LM features a particularly large version of the signature spindle grille worn by other models in the Japanese firm’s stable, as well as plenty of added chrome. It will be offered in black and pearl white body colours.
The LM will be offered in four- and seven-seat configuration, with the former featuring a pair of reclining (and ventilated) rear seats made with low-density polyurethane.
The front and rear sections of the cabin are separated by an adjustable glass partition the firm says was “inspired by traditional Chinese screens”. The massive 26-inch display in the rear is linked to a 19-speaker sound system, while a 14-litre refrigerator (capable of holding a couple of bottles of champagne, says Lexus) is also offered.
From what we can tell, the luxury van will be offered in LM350 form (with a 3,5-litre petrol engine) and LM300h guise (a hybrid powertrain based on Toyota’s 2,5-liter petrol unit).
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