Australia poised to get its first diesel Lexus, the LX450d.
Dubbed the LX450d, the full sized (and LandCruiser based) off-roader is powered by a 4.5-litre twin-turbo direct-injection V8 engine that develops an impressive 200kW of power at 3600rpm and 650Nm of torque from 1600-2800rpm. The diesel V8 meets Euro 5 emission standards and includes high tech features that include low inertia turbos with electric motors and a discharge pressure valve that enhances drivability.
Power is sent to the ground via a six-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
Official combined fuel consumption is an impressive 9.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
The standard equipment list is generous, too. Only one specification level is available, which is priced from $134,500 plus on road costs, the LX450d is fitted with a 360 degree camera system, clearance and back sonar so to reduce your chances of becoming stuck when traversing roads less travelled, crawl control and multi-mode ABS brakes.
Additionally, there’s five different drive modes, adaptive suspension and easy access height control.
Radar active cruise control, lane departure warning and adaptive high-beam system, head-up display, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert all contribute to a safer driving experience, along with LED headlamps.
Maximum towing capacity is a hefty 3500kg.
Inside, there’s a 12.3inch infotainment screen with Lexus Encore apps and satellite navigation. A nine speaker sound system with digital radio helps keep passengers entertained moreover, a wireless phone charger, cool box and rear-door sunshades are included for added convenience.
Naturally there’s climate control and the seats are wrapped in leather. Interestingly, there are only five seats in the LX450d as opposed to eight in the petrol LX570.