In the United States, a fully loaded all-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna costs buyers $ 49,840 (plus a destination charge of $ 1,175). In China, the top version of the Lexus LM – the automaker’s ultimate minivan – costs more than four times that amount with an asking price of 1.466 million yuan (about $ 215,000 at current exchange rates). As that number suggests, this is not the type of van to just transport kids to school.
Lexus made its LM debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, and it went on sale in China in 2020. There is a seven-seater version with lots of leather, captain’s chairs in the second row, and an all-round bench. ‘back. Even this variant costs 1.166 million yuan ($ 170,722 at current exchange rates).
The four-seater Lexus LM is the truly opulent version that carries the equivalent price tag to over $ 200,000. The company intends to appeal to the wealthy looking for a spacious vehicle to drive while a chauffeur takes care of the driving. Rear occupants have a pair of reclining and ventilated chairs with super soft padding.
A wall separates the driver’s cockpit from the rear passenger. This barrier includes a 26 inch screen and a glass privacy wall. A panel between the chairs allows occupants to control all functions. There is even a fridge with enough space for two bottles of champagne.
The Lexus LM is essentially a version of the Toyota Alphard with a slightly different exterior and a more luxurious cabin. The Alphard is also an expensive pickup truck in China. Prices start at 819,000 yuan ($ 120,000), and there’s a top tier for 870,000 yuan ($ 127,297).
On the Lexus China website, it currently only lists the LM 300h version of each seating configuration. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with hybrid assistance with a total output of 161 horsepower (120 kilowatts). The transmission consists of a CVT and an all-wheel drive. The original ad also mentioned the LM 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 as ultimately being in the lineup.