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Lexus PH is already selling the Luxury Mover van

Check out the prices of this Toyota Alphard-based mobile lounge

Because there are truly rich people who find the Toyota Alphard too spartan. So here’s a better one. PHOTO FROM LEXUS

Last year, Lexus unveiled a passenger van based on the Toyota Alphard. It’s called the LM (short for Luxury Mover), and it is targeted primarily at China and “select Asian markets.” Thankfully, the Philippines is included among the territories this vehicle will be sold in. In fact, the LM has very quietly arrived on our shores—no grand launch, no print ads, no press releases, no social media announcement.

The distributor won’t even say how many units the first batch has, because it “doesn’t want to offend VVIP customers” who might complain why they can’t get one right away. The strategy is to contact these very special clients personally and one by one—particularly those who have expressed a serious intent to purchase the vehicle.

In China, the LM comes in two versions: the LM350 propelled by a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine, and the LM300h equipped with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid powerplant. The LM for our market is the former, but Lexus Philippines is already considering the possibility of also bringing in the hybrid.

Many nannies and bodyguards will be happy with this. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

The LM is available as a seven-seater van and as a more premium four-seater limo transporter. Here are the prices:

  • LM350 7-Seater – P5,408,000
  • LM350 4-Seater – P9,088,000

For perspective, the already very luxurious Alphard sells for P3,910,000 (P3,925,000 if you want the white pearl exterior color), so you can just imagine how opulent the LM must be inside and out.

We can already picture the many idle things we can do inside this hedonistic van, believe us. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

According to our source from the distributor, the van isn’t even on display at the Lexus Manila showroom. So we guess that if you want one, you just have to walk in, ask for it and then tell the sales staff you’re fucking loaded.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.