Recently revealed at the exclusive Lexus VIP Lounge, the LM (Luxury Mover) marks a distinctive entry in the Lexus lineup, diverging from the conventional models seen in their saloon and grand tourer variants.
Crafted to epitomize unparalleled comfort akin to a private jet experience, the LM caters to an elite clientele, reflected in its princely price tag of S$510,888 (excluding COE). Despite sharing the TNGA-K platform with the Toyota Vellfire, Lexus emphasizes the LM as a unique creation. Mr. Takami Yokoo, Chief Engineer, emphasized the LM's independent development, asserting its differentiation from the Vellfire.
When addressing potential similarities between the LM and Toyota Vellfire, Yokoo-san clarified, "During development, I never considered basing it on something else." Visually, the LM exudes understated luxury, embracing Lexus's "Spindle Body" design language, seamlessly integrating grille elements with the front fascia, minimizing chrome usage, and incorporating satin metal accents on honeycomb-like panels.
Its design includes a distinctive glasshouse, featuring a sloping silhouette along floating D-pillars, accentuated by dual LED light bars on the tailgate. The interior boasts plush Captain's chairs in the second row, electrically-powered with Sharp-developed removable controls, providing occupants with comprehensive access to HVAC, seat adjustments (including massage functions), and window sunshades.
Prioritizing comfort during motion, Lexus fortifies seats with shock-absorbing materials and implements measures to minimize micro-vibrations through strategic structural reinforcements. The LM's opulence extends to features like the bespoke Mark Levinson Reference 3D Surround Sound System with 21 speakers and a 14-inch overhead multimedia display integrated with Apple TV functionality.
For business-oriented users, the display facilitates mirroring mobile devices via a HDMI port and offers independent usage. Adding convenience, the vehicle provides a three-pin power socket for device charging. Delivering unparalleled comfort, the LM integrates Lexus's Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with Frequency-Sensitive Piston Valve technology, reducing vibrations across frequencies. The "Rear Comfort" drive mode further minimizes posture changes during acceleration and deceleration.
Powering the LM 350h variant is a 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid engine delivering 247 bhp and 239 Nm of torque to all wheels via Lexus' Direct4 electric all-wheel drive system. Awaiting its arrival in early 2024, the LM 500h, even more luxurious and robust, promises a four-seater configuration, partitioned rows, and a sprawling 48-inch widescreen display.
The Lexus LM redefines luxury in the realm of people-carriers, blending innovation, comfort, and exclusivity for Singapore's discerning elite.
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