Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lexus Just Revealed The Look Of Their Very First Minivan

Lexus finally got around to adding a third row on its RX in 2017, but over in China it's gone even bigger.

The Japanese brand on Tuesday launched a minivan called the LM at Auto Shanghai 2019.

The LM like most models in the Lexus lineup is based on a Toyota, in this case the third-generation Alphard minivan sold overseas, and it has the biggest iteration of the brand's signature spindle grille we've seen yet. The thing is huge.

Interestingly, Lexus has positioned the LM as a flagship model sitting alongside the brand's other flagships: the LC coupe, LS sedan, LX SUV and LY yacht. This means there's plenty of luxury on board, including a 26-inch screen display, a Rolls-Royce-style umbrella storage bin, an available chiller compartment, and the choice of two reclining rear seats that replace the two rows of seats in the standard setup.

No matter the intended use of minivans, whether for an executive or a sleepy four-year-old, one of their strengths is ride comfort. Lexus says the LM uses swing valve shock absorbers, a technology that was introduced on the cushy Lexus ES, to maintain an undisturbed and balanced ride.

Unfortunately there's little chance the LM will make its way to the United States anytime soon. The minivan segment here is rather small and dominated by just a few vehicles, which is likely why we also miss out on Mercedes-Benz's V-Class.

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