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.

  • RHD Inexpensive gasoline appears to be a thing of the past. ILO is correct - we have enough sunlight, wind and emerging ocean wave energy to power the entire country and then some. Clean air is nice, and being free of the whims of OPEC, geopolitics and hugely profitable oil companies will do all of us a world of good.
  • Raymond Segura Can you tell me where I can get the rear bumper for 69 impala?
  • Art Vandelay some of the crazy numbers I get. Percentages look bigger with any fluctuations with low volume makes and brands leaving the market will see massive month over month changes. But what’s with Buick? I still see the occasional ad on TV and yet the drop is disproportionate even compared to all the other GM brands.
  • Master Baiter "There is no mandate for consumers to buy EVs, not in any country or state. That’s made up."Right. And you are not mandated to purchase a toilet that only uses 1.6 gallons/flush. You could choose to not have a toilet--just go in the woods, like the bears do.
  • Inside Looking Out I did not get how Daewoo pops up from nowhere. It never was mentioned before.