New Lexus LM 300h Hybrid Preview – Luxury Minivan Designed for Business and Pleasure

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

Toyota offers a wide array of vans with upscale features – like the Vellfire Executive Lounge – in Japan and other Asian markets. Yet for those who really want to travel in style, Lexus has introduced the new LM series ultra-luxury minivan.

The Lexus LM 300h Hybrid made its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show. Described as an “unrivalled chauffeured experience” Lexus says the LM will be available “soon” in China and other Asian markets.

While the new model appears to be based on the Toyota Vellfire and its Alphard twin, the LM features an extra-large version of the signature Lexus spindle grille flanked by LED headlights and arrowhead daytime running lights.

Full-width LED taillights are accented with chrome moldings and topped by a Lexus logo. Discrete Hybrid badges are applied to the lower edges of the sliding doors. Lexus says LM will be available in just two exterior colors: Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine.

LM offers a choice of two seating configurations. Lexus says the four-seat version is suited to the “chauffeured needs of the urban, business-focused professional as it provides a relaxing, private environment that supports their business mission.”

Rear seats deliver couch-like comfort with low-density urethane foam. Passengers can adjust the seats in a variety of ways, along with selecting heating and cooling functions, using a touch-control panel.

Like a business jet, a large bulkhead separates the front and rear compartments for privacy. Rear passengers can enjoy “in-flight” movies via a 26-inch color display. There’s also a refrigerator for keeping beverages cool.

Finely crafted details include premium leather-wrapped surfaces and stitched panels. Newly developed Gin-Sui-Boku (Silver Ink) ornamentation, inspired by the art of ink wash paintings, is applied for added distinction. And when the business day is over, the LM is ready to celebrate, transporting guests to enjoy a night on the town.

A seven-seat version of the LM is also planned, featuring bucket seats in the first and second rows, plus a three-passenger bench seat in the third row.

Powertrain choices include a 2.5-liter Atkinson 4-cylinder engine and Lexus Hybrid system on LM 300h, or a gasoline-only 3.5-liter V6 engine for the LM 350. Lexus has fine-tuned the LM’s ride with details including swing-valve shock absorbers that first appeared on the ES sedan.

For more information visit Discover Lexus

Features and specifications for Asian market models is preliminary and subject to change without notice

News source and photos courtesy of Lexus International

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