With more than 400 orders already logged for 2022, some buyers might have to wait until next year for the new Lexus four-wheel drive based on the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series.
2022 Lexus LX
The 2022 Lexus LX has hit the ground running in Australia, with more than 400 orders already on the books for the Toyota luxury brand’s biggest-ever four-wheel drive.
With only 400 examples of the Japanese-built Lexus LX allocated to Australia for the remainder of this year, some buyers – including those who place an order today – may be waiting until 2023 for their vehicle to arrive.
It’s the first all-new Lexus LX – the flagship SUV for the brand – in 14 years, and many loyal buyers have been waiting for the new-generation model, which has fuelled the overwhelming demand.
If more than 400 new Lexus LX vehicles are delivered this year, it will surpass previous sales records (343 reported as sold in 2020).
Available with both petrol and diesel engines, the 2022 Lexus LX is available in four, five, and seven-seat variants, with prices ranging from $148,800 to $210,800 before on-road costs.
2022 Lexus LX interior
About 10 per cent of orders so far have been for the most expensive Ultra Luxury variant, says Lexus, which can only seat four with ‘captain’s chairs’ in the second row.
Buyers can choose between petrol and diesel power, with the 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre V6 diesel shared between the Lexus LX and Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series.
Unlike the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, Lexus LX buyers have the option of a 3.4-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which costs $3500 more than the diesel and has outputs of 305kW and 650Nm.
At the media preview for the 2022 Lexus LX, Lexus Australia CEO John Pappas said the company was trying to secure more vehicles for Australia.
“We are getting 50 cars allocated to us per month, which means we are able to deliver around 400 cars in the eight-month window we’ve got available to us,” said Mr Pappas.
“It’s a challenging situation … with the global supply shortages. We’d love to get more cars, and we are working tirelessly with Lexus international to get more stock.
“But it’s a big challenge, the first quarter of this year has been a challenge for us, and we’ve had the earthquakes recently as well.”
The Lexus LX is based on the same ladder-chassis GA-F platform as the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, which is also undergoing similar supply constraints due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage and various production stoppages during the global pandemic.
Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.