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This is the all-new Lexus LM

Perfect for the rich executives who prefer minivans to sedans

The all-new Lexus LM was announced before the incoming update to the Alphard. PHOTO FROM LEXUS

For us Asians (especially those living in the southeast and the east), luxury minivans are the new status symbol. Nothing truly screams money like alighting from the automatically opening rear doors of something like a Lexus LM.

It’s essentially a spiffed-up Toyota Alphard, which had been introduced first before the luxury model. But now, it seems that the script has been flipped, with the all-new LM being unveiled to the public at the 2023 Shanghai Auto Show before the release of the updated Alphard.

Do you like the LM's new design? PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

The Spindle Body design language is front and center here, with a new futuristic, hexagonal grille that can only be described as massive; enlarged windows for an airier-feeling cabin; and dual rear-light bars that surround the brand-new Lexus lettering at the back. You can also have it with 17- or 19-inch wheels.

The six- (or seven-) seater LM is still properly luxurious. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

Unlike other luxury vehicles, the cabin of the LM is human-centric, designed to be a lounge-like environment thanks to seamless, clean lines all over, using the finest materials. The driver now receives a Tazuna-inspired cockpit, with a simpler control layout so that your chauffeur can focus on shuttling you around in safety.

But the four-seater LM is just outright opulent. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

The rear part of the cabin can be specified either as a six- or seven-seater, but those looking for the true limousine experience will want the four-seater layout.

It has a retractable glass partition that features a 48-inch widescreen display below it, multiple storage compartments, and even a refrigerator.

The rear seats now come with heated armrests and ottomans (leg rests), and there is a Warmth-Sensing IR Matrix Sensor that scans the occupant in four different areas to automatically control the air-conditioning and the seat heaters for optimum comfort.

Other niceties include a leather-wrapped retractable table, 64-color ambient lighting, dual fixed sunroofs, and Mark Levinson speakers.

Numerous changes under the hood improve the LM's comfort and quietness on the road. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

Just like its RX sibling, the LM ditches the V6 for a pair of electrified in-line-four engines: a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a hybrid system that uses an eAxle, or a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter gasoline engine with a hybrid system. There are no figures yet, but you can expect them to be very similar to the RX.

Despite the loss of two cylinders, it’s an even more plush, quiet, and comfortable-riding van. Increased rigidity, improved acoustic glass, noise insulation, and vibration-dampening materials have been implemented.

Also, the Adaptive Variable Suspension now has a frequency-sensitive piston valve that aids with dampening force. In fact, there is a “Rear Comfort” drive mode that is set to prioritize, er, the comfort of the passengers behind by adjusting the suspension and having integrated control of the gas and brake pedals.

The new LM will be coming to high-end villages, casinos, and shopping malls near you. PHOTO FROM LEXUS

It also comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, but now it comes with the Proactive Driving Assist, which supports the driver’s steering and braking to prevent the vehicle from getting too close to pedestrians, bicycles, and stationary objects. It can even decelerate and use the turn signals to prevent accidents from happening.

Pricing has not been announced, but the all-new LM will be launched in 60 countries worldwide, with China getting first dibs. Also, for the first time, this also includes Europe and Japan. As for our market, you can bet that we’ll be getting it for sure—it’s just a matter of time before Lexus Philippines brings it in.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.