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Video: The Lexus LM Luxury Minivan

Lexus LM Video

The Lexus LM luxury minivan debuted today at the Shanghai Motor Show with this video as an introduction:

The reaction to the LM debut has been mixed, as enthusiasts try to reconcile the addition of a region-specific minivan over a model more global in its appeal. If anything, this shows the brand’s ambition in China — here’s a translated comment from Lexus China marketing director Chen Hao:

Lexus users in China will soon exceed one million. In the future, we will stand in the millions and be the best. Through a comprehensive product lineup, fully meet the needs of Chinese users. Personalized needs, Lexus craftsmanship and unique ‘temperature luxury’ are passed on to more users. I hope that in the future, more and more Chinese consumers, together with Lexus, will be able to enjoy it.”

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Alphard in China sticker price starts at almost $120000 and you need to pay at least $40000 extra to get the car because there are too many people waiting for it. The rich people still want something more luxurious and comfortable. This car is gonna sell like crazy and I can't imagine how much more money people would like to pay in addition to its original price.
mikeavelli
Our market is different. People that buy vans here drive them, they don't have a driver. As much as I think its kind of cool, I just don't see many buyers for it here in the states. It would be some used unicorn when the prices come down and probably discontinued.
Yes. Most of the cost of owning this vehicle in the U.S. will be hiring the chauffeur...although I don't really know whether rich executives drive themselves or let others do the driving.
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Is it touchscreen?
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Is it touchscreen?
remote touch touchpad control
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remote touch touchpad control
ssun30
Yes. Most of the cost of owning this vehicle in the U.S. will be hiring the chauffeur...although I don't really know whether rich executives drive themselves or let others do the driving.
For the US, Company pays for those expenses for big time executives and celebrities and what not. These expenses can usually be written off.
R
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  • April 19, 2019
What a shame it’s the garbage cruise control stick. The wheel is such a disappointment.

Did they announce any figures for the engines in terms of power output?

Also, when will we find out the other Asian markets?

I’m praying there will be a RHD market on there.
R
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  • April 19, 2019
The 7-seat layout according to Top Gear Philippines.

Image credit was Lexus, not sure if one of the press releases shows it or they’ve just put up an Alphard interior
L
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  • April 20, 2019
What a great luxury van, in function and looks. It makes all the luxury sedans (Maybach, Bentley Rolls Royce) look uncomfortable.

People base their opinions way too much on fictions in cinema.
I wouldn't be surprised if Lexus viewed this as a good case study for designing this type of automotive environment, given the recent updates on their self driving efforts (they're serious about this stuff). Electric platforms have a lot of potential for miniaturization of hardware, increasing interior space. It's obviously way too early for this to be anything but highly speculative, but imagine a future long wheelbase LS on an electrified platform, with an interior of this type. Or an electrified Toyota Century.


@ the 1:55 mark.
The unveil video has got quite attention. Last time I checked 820k views, more than any Lexus model.
R
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  • April 23, 2019
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@ the 1:55 mark.

Hate the click bait title. Cue the people who have no context of this vehicle in Europe ridiculing Lexus into the ground.
flexus
The unveil video has got quite attention. Last time I checked 820k views, more than any Lexus model.
Maybe this will be the most popular vehicle worldwide than the RX in time?
R
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  • April 24, 2019
Trexus
Maybe this will be the most popular vehicle worldwide than the RX in time?
Within the markets it launches I would assume so.

Speaking of which, any Chinese language speakers or residents able to translate news websites in the region? I'm really interested to see if any information on the other Asian countries has leaked?

I'm just hoping one of which is a right-hand drive market or the prospect of an import 10 years down the line is soured for me.

The prospect of an import is probably impossible anyway considering the value these things are sitting at - is depreciation big on them in China?
What the LM might be competing with in China;

Don't know if its a direct competitor but the Buick GL8 Avenir going for the same luxury feeling/customer. Buick is recognized as a strong luxury brand in China. No partition, no true executive seating done like the LM





And here is the MB V Class. Starring Roger Federer

zeusus
What the LM might be competing with in China;

Don't know if its a direct competitor but the Buick GL8 Avenir going for the same luxury feeling/customer.

And here is the MB V Class.

I think LM competea against Toyota's own Alphard and Vellfire. TBH in Europe you can't tell the difference from Vito and V.
zeusus
What the LM might be competing with in China;
Read what I wrote above. The LM competes against the Mercedes S-Class Maybach, Maseratti Quattroporte, Bentley Flying Spur, and Range Rover Autobiography. A LM buyer will never consider a GL8 Avenir or a V-Class.
ssun30
Read what I wrote above. The LM competes against the Mercedes S-Class Maybach, Maseratti Quattroporte, Bentley Flying Spur, and Range Rover Autobiography. A LM buyer will never consider a GL8 Avenir or a V-Class.
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The gear shifting is still the old one, why not getting the newer ones?
R
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  • April 25, 2019
asoksevil
The gear shifting is still the old one, why not getting the newer ones?
The driver area in general is so out of line with the ES, LC, UX and LS interior aesthetic that it's embarassing.

It's basically launching with a 3+ year old cockpit.

So much want for a 2nd gen before this one has even launched.
That's because in China cockpits are strictly for chauffeurs. People need to stop judging this thing as if it were going on sale in this form in NA/Europe.
The LM's looks is very well received in its primary market. So far media coverage has been overwhelmingly positive about this product, except the usual joke that this 'bread car' will have a $100k+ markup. Yes, we also have stereotypes about minivans in China and we do joke about them being not classy.
ssun30
The LM's looks is very well received in its primary market. So far media coverage has been overwhelmingly positive about this product, except the usual joke that this 'bread car' will have a $100k+ markup. Yes, we also have stereotypes about minivans in China and we do joke about them being not classy.
is the price known?
spwolf
is the price known?
Around 200k USD including all the top options and markups included from what I hear.

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