As Buick already knows, minivans are a thing in China. Lexus has decided it is time for them to join in the minivan love in China as well with the all-new Lexus LM. And this is quite the Lexus.
It’s almost difficult to put into words the design of the LM. It’s a massive minivan with Lexus’ iconic spindle grille design; perhaps the biggest spindle grille to date. Chinese drivers certainly will not miss this thing in their rearview mirror.
Much like minivans in the U.S., the purpose of the LM is more functional than style. Displayed at the Shanghai Motor Show this week in a four-passenger configuration, the back of the LM is akin to a business class lounge on an aircraft.
Lexus has gone to the point of installing specific foam in the rear seats to mimmic that of a sofa. Said seats are also heated, ventilated and have a massaging function. These executive thrones are walled off by a partition that houses a massive 26-inch display. The display is supplemented by a 19-speaker sound system for supreme entertainment experiences. Passengers will also enjoy the 14-liter refrigerator; big enough for two bottles of champagne or wine.
Buyers needing more passenger carrying ability will be able to opt for a seven-seat configuration in the LM.
There will be two iterations of the Lexus LM. The LM 350, which will be powered by Toyota’s well-known 3.5-liter V-6 and the LM 300h, which will be a hybrid model leveraging a 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
It likely goes without saying, but the Lexus LM will be exclusive to China and select other Asian markets.