2018 Lexus LX 450d launched

Lexus has added to its luxury off-road LX range by launching the twin-turbo V8 diesel-powered LX 450d.

The 450d, with a 4.5-litre twin-turbo direct-injection V8 diesel engine, delivers 200kW at 3600rpm and a whopping 650Nm from 1600-2800rpm – meaning it can tow 3500kg without much fuss. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. A pressure discharge valve and low-inertia turbochargers with electric motors enhance performance and responsiveness.

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Off-road tech extends to multi-terrain anti-skid brakes, crawl control, and a four-camera multi-terrain monitor, while 285/50R tyres wrap around 20-inch alloys.

The premium off-roader also features five drive modes, variable gear-ratio steering, adaptive variable suspension and active height control.

“We have had consistent demand for the LX with a turbo-diesel and Lexus has responded by developing an extremely well-specified vehicle that we are able to offer at a remarkable price,” Lexus Australia’s chief executive Scott Thompson said. “The turbo-diesel engine is smooth, quiet and powerful and will suit a wide variety of applications.”

In-cabin, the diesel-powered LX houses a 12.3-inch high-definition screen, satellite navigation, four-zone climate control air-con, a premium audio system, heated front seats with leather-accented trim, a wireless phone charger, a cool box and rear-door sunshades.

The LX 450d has retails for $134,500.

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