At Auto Shanghai 2023, Lexus celebrated the world premiere of the all-new Lexus LM. Beginning with the key luxury MPV market of China, the second-generation LM will be launched in over 60 countries worldwide, including for the first time in Europe and Lexus’s home market of Japan.
The first-generation Lexus LM was launched in 2020 as a response to customer aspirations for chauffeur-driven MPV‘s in China and other parts of Asia.
Lexus premiered the all-new Lexus LM at Auto Shanghai 2023, marking the launch of the second-generation luxury MPV worldwide in over 60 countries, including Europe and Lexus’s home market of Japan. The LM’s redesign reevaluated its value and raison d’être as a “Luxury Mover,” with the core objective of creating a dynamic experience and interior space where all passengers could naturally feel at ease.
The engineering and design team developed the “Rear Climate Concierge,” a Lexus first that provides integrated control of air-conditioning, seat position, sunshades, and lighting to create an optimal cabin environment for passengers. Additionally, the rear multi-operation panel, a detachable touch-screen controller, can be used to control a variety of rear-seat functions independently.
With the many ways to spend time in a car, vehicle use has become ever more diversified in recent years. The new LM has been developed with an emphasis on creating a naturally relaxing indoor environment that meets the diverse needs of customers, should they wish to relax as if in a hotel suite, or use their time for business purposes as if in a mobile private study.
For example, indirect lighting not only accentuates the beauty of the interior shapes and materials, but also creates a relaxing atmosphere. A total of 64 illumination colors are available, including 14 themed colors and 50 custom colors that can be selected according to preference. Each color scheme has its own theme, such as “soothing” or “relaxing” and passengers can choose the color scheme that suites their mood or objective.
The LM is available in both 4- and 7-seat configurations, with the 4-seat model designed for dedicated use as a chauffeur-driven MPV. A partition separates the front and rear seats, offering two levels of privacy through a retractable glass window with a dimming function. Below the window, a large 48-inch widescreen display is perfect for online meetings and entertainment, with a refrigerator and storage spaces located underneath. The rear seats feature independent seats exclusive to the 4-seater model, and the ottoman has an increased extension and retraction range while still maintaining ample distance from the partition.
Heated armrests and ottomans are another first for Lexus, with a dedicated rear seat Warmth-Sensing IR (Infrared) Matrix Sensor detecting the temperature of occupants and the parts of the vehicle that affect ambient temperature to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle. The retractable table fits inside the armrest, and the roof headlining intentionally creates a sense of spaciousness through moderate reflections of sound.
Overall, the LM is a luxurious and functional vehicle designed to cater to the diverse needs and desires of the global luxury market.