Once again, the Lexus LX is affected too.
We wish we could provide you with positive news about the Toyota Land Cruiser and its upper-class sibling, the Lexus LX, but unfortunately, each of these luxury off-roaders has been experiencing huge supply issues as a result of, among other things, a shortage of semiconductor chips. Almost every month since the middle of the year, we've reported on how production has either slowed or come to a complete halt, and that's what we're dealing with once again as we get through the last month of the year. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, "Toyota has expanded production stoppages at some factories in Japan because of a shortage of components shipped from parts plants in southeast Asia."
This is the second such production headache that Toyota is facing this week after earlier production stoppages were announced on Thursday. In total, Toyota is expecting a drop in output of 9,000 vehicles, and although these new production schedules are relatively minor, their timing is terrible as the automaker has been trying to make up for the reduced production of the past few months that was attributed to supply chain disruptions in Malaysia and Vietnam. However, Toyota is still sticking to the production goals that it set for itself in September, in which it said that is aiming for an annual target of 9 million vehicles by March.
It's unclear which of the two vehicles - Land Cruiser or LX - is more heavily affected, but either way, the only place you're likely to find a completed LX is at an auto show. Lexus has not yet revised its goal of starting LX deliveries in the first quarter of 2022, and we hope that this new production hiccup won't change that.
When the LX finally is available to buy, you'll get a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. As for pricing, we don't yet know what the US structure will be, but Japan is certainly not getting a bargain.