2022 Lexus LX 600: Return of the Toyota Land Cruiser

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2022 lexus lx 600 return of the toyota land cruiser

When Toyota announced that the Land Cruiser wouldn’t be coming back to the United States, off-road people shrugged and got back into their clapped-out 4Runners. Despite being incredibly capable wherever pavement is in short supply and having a pedigree that rivals Jeep’s Wrangler, the Land Cruiser is a prohibitively expensive vehicle. Toyota’s penchant for overbuilding vehicles merged with the model’s luxurious bent, resulting in a product that retailed at $87,030 before adding a single option, and sales volumes reflected this.

It was just too rich for most Americans and sales suffered as a result. But Lexus has confirmed the Cruiser-based LX will be returning and recently teased the new model’s next-generation online. While the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed that the 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be a rebadged version of Toyota’s off-road emperor, literally every generation of the LX series has been.

The LX 450 was basically J80, the LX 470 was the J100, and the LX 570 was the J200. So there’s no reason to assume that the fourth-gen Lexus will be anything other than a dressed-up Land Cruiser J300 series we saw in June.

For our market, that presumably means the LX 600 will be arriving with a new twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 that’s supposedly better than the 5.7-liter V8 that went into the previous model. Lexus customers can expect spec sheets listing 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid variant has also been rumored, with the LX borrowing powertrains from the Toyota Tundra. However, nothing has been confirmed.

Four-wheel drive is absolutely going to be standard, as will three rows of seating, multiple terrain modes, and a 10-speed automatic transmission. But Lexus isn’t giving us much to go on and remaining absolutely silent since the LX 600 is supposed to make its official debut on October 13th.

Adventure awaits. Experience the all-new on October 13 at 12:30 p.m. EST. https://t.co/jdJ8o9A4Ae pic.twitter.com/vuPozItX4U

— Lexus (@Lexus) October 8, 2021

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  • Crosley Crosley on Oct 08, 2021

    The twin turbo engine will be way more complicated, cost thousands more to manufacture, require Premium, create more heat underhood and not have as good a powerband as the V8 down low, and not last nearly as long. But get 1 mpg better to meet CAFE regulations. Progress!

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    • Mr. Fletcher Mr. Fletcher on Oct 10, 2021

      @jmo2 Most of what Crowley stated is true. If a gasoline turbocharged engine is what being spoken of here. The only one completely not the case is NA having a a larger powerband. Diesels are different but NA diesels are really a thing today so it's difficult to make those comparisons to modern versions.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Oct 08, 2021

    As I understood from comments it is made for 3rd world countries (or 2nd world countries like Russia which lacks roads in most of the country) and not for US customers since there are a plenty of paved roads in USA. May be Canadians similar to Russians will find these kind of trucks useful?

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    • GoNavy99 GoNavy99 on Oct 13, 2021

      I live in first world America, and my roads are so great I took the 21" rims off my LX 570 and replaced them with 18" TRD rims and BFG KO2s. Not because I want to go offroad, but because leaving my driveway is essentially going offroad. Between the dirt roads here, the regular roads with 7 inch deep potholes, and the winter, I'm practically driving offroad every day. At least I don't have to worry about bent rims or blown tires any longer.

  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs
  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.