It's uh... interesting.
After much rumor and speculation regarding the possibility of an upcoming luxury minivan, Lexus has finally revealed its new LM at the Shanghai Auto Show. The Lexus LM is the brand's first minivan and while it is based on the Toyota Alphard, it has a grille only its mother could love. It is packed with a ton of luxuries and refinements that marks it out as a true flagship (minivan) model.
The chrome accents on the exterior and alloy wheels are unique to the LM and it will only be available in either black or white exterior colors.
While the similarities to the third-generation Alphard are obvious from the outside, the interior has been completely transformed. Available in either an ultra-luxurious four-seater layout or a more practical seven-seat option, the LM can be equipped with a 26-inch screen, privacy glass partition, mini fridge and even storage space for your umbrellas.
Depending on which market the LM is sold, either a 3.5-liter V6 (LM 350) or 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine (LM 300h) will be offered. For now, those markets will be limited to China and other Asian territories.
Both front and all-wheel-drive layouts will be available and the LM will benefit from the suspension technology currently used in the new ES sedan.
With the US market having shifted focus to crossovers and SUVs, we are unlikely to get the LM here anytime soon, meaning if you want Lexus luxury with seating for seven then the LX 570 SUV is your best bet. Or, spend a tad more and get the upcoming Lexus LY 650 luxury yacht.