Lexus LX to Go Further Upscale?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
lexus lx to go further upscale

In the Lexus lineup, no vehicle is larger — or older ⁠— than the LX 570, a true luxo barge if there ever was one. Riding atop a platform shared with the Toyota Land Cruiser and Tundra, the current body-on-frame LX 570 appeared in the spring of 2007, going on sale later that year as a 2008 model.

A redesign isn’t expected for another few years, making this model generation longer-lived than most marriages. And yet a clue exists of a new LX to come — one that scraps the LX 570 name for a loftier number.

A U.S. trademark filing spotted by Autoguide reveals Lexus has a new model in mind: LX 600.

Such filings tell us nothing about the vehicle except to point out whether a name is indeed bound for the exterior of a vehicle, which this one certainly is.

While the current model name denotes the presence of a 5.7-liter V8 that’s carried the model for many years, the LX600 name can be taken two ways. Either Toyota has a larger displacement in mind for the model’s eight-banger, or it plans to do away with naming convention and lend the “600” designation to a lower-displacement engine with more power than the old mill.

Despite putting out 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, the LX’s acceleration is hampered by a prodigious curb weight born of its ancient platform. While fine for cruising and getting up to highway speed in normal driving, it’s not as fleet of foot as some rivals.

Lexus is said to have a number of new big-vehicle powerplants under development, including a twin-turbo V8 of considerable less displacement than 5.7 liters, as well as a hybrid V6 bound for the next Tundra. Given that the trademark filing is for LX 600 and not LX 600h, it’s safe to assume an upcoming LX will offer the larger of these engines.

As for when it will appear, that’s another mystery. Some reports have placed the new Tundra’s introduction as early as the 2021 model year; Automotive News’ Product Pipeline, however, cites an intro date of 2023 for the next LX, which borrows the Tundra’s new, lighter weight platform. Of course, engine upgrades don’t have to coincide with a bottom-up revamp.

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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  • Mjz Mjz on Oct 16, 2019

    That thing is simply ridiculous looking.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Oct 18, 2019

    You guys, you accidentally used a pic of one that was in a horrible head-on collision. Oh wait, it's supposed to look like that?

  • Nrd515 Usually for me it's been Arby's for pretty much forever, except when the one near my house dosed me with food poisoning twice in about a year. Both times were horrible, but the second time was just so terrible it's up near the top of my medical horror stories, and I have a few of those. Obviously, I never went to that one again. I'm still pissed at Arby's for dropping Potato Cakes, and Culver's is truly better anyway. It will be Arby's fish for my "cheat day", when I eat what I want. No tartar sauce and no lettuce on mine, please. And if I get a fish and a French Dip & Swiss? Keep the Swiss, and the dip, too salty. Just the meat and the bread for me, thanks. The odds are about 25% that they will screw one or both of them up and I will have to drive through again to get replacement sandwiches. Culver's seems to get my order right many times in a row, but if I hurry and don't check my order, that's when it's screwed up and garbage to me. My best friend lives on Starbucks coffee. I don't understand coffee's appeal at all. Both my sister and I hate anything it's in. It's like green peppers, they ruin everything they touch. About the only things I hate more than coffee are most condiments, ranked from most hated to..who cares..[list=1][*]Tartar sauce. Just thinking about it makes me smell it in my head. A nod to Ranch here too. Disgusting. [/*][*]Mayo. JEEEEZUS! WTF?[/*][*]Ketchup. Sweet puke tasting sludge. On my fries? Salt. [/*][*]Mustard. Yikes. Brown, yellow, whatever, it's just awful.[/*][*]Pickles. Just ruin it from the pickle juice. No. [/*][*]Horsey, Secret, whatever sauce. Gross. [/*][*]American Cheese. American Sleeze. Any cheese, I don't want it.[/*][*]Shredded lettuce. I don't hate it, but it's warm and what's the point?[/*][*]Raw onion. Totally OK, but not something I really want. Grilled onions is a whole nother thing, I WANT those on a burger.[/*][*]Any of that "juice" that Subway and other sandwich places want to put on. NO, HELL NO! Actually, move this up to #5. [/*][/list=1]
  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.
  • Inside Looking Out Scandinavian design costs only $600? I mean the furniture.