The refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator was revealed back in August, coming in the heels of the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, its chief rival. But now, another new luxurious full-size SUV has been unveiled, and it’s the 2022 Lexus LX 600, a long-awaited redo of a relatively ancient model. Much like how the Lincoln Navigator is derived from the Ford F-150, the 2022 Lexus LX 600 also shares a platform and powertrain with the recently-revealed 2022 Toyota Tundra and Toyota Land Cruiser, too.
Now that Toyota has discontinued the Land Cruiser in the U.S., the new LX is also a bit of a consolation prize for fans of that long-running model. The 2022 LX is far more luxurious than its Toyota-branded brother, however, and features unique styling and a fancier interior to boot in spite of the shared hardware underneath.
Those changes reportedly drop a whopping 441 pounds of weight from the 2022 LX over the outgoing model, though it retains body-on-frame construction and standard four-wheel-drive with a low range. The LX 600 is offered with one singular powertrain option for now – a twin-turbo 3.4L V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque – more than the outgoing naturally-aspirated 5.7-liter V8. The new turbo V6 is mated exclusively to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Those that want a sportier LX can opt for the F Sport, which features a blacked-out grille and trim, as well as 22-inch wheels, unique damper tuning, and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential. However, the LX has always been known for its off-road capability, and that shouldn’t change, as the new model has the same approach and departure angles as the outgoing LX, an adjustable-height suspension, off-road camera views, and Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Select system with different drive modes.
The 2022 LX 600 is offered in Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury trims, each of which offers different seating options. The Standard LX 600 contains two-row seating for five occupants, while the Premium, Luxury, and F Sport come with three-row seating for seven with a flat-folding third-row. The Ultra Luxury features a pair of reclining bucket seats with a footrest in the back for those that prefer to be driven, not drive themselves.
Inside, the 2022 LX 600 features a 12.3-inch inch infotainment screen, a 7.0-inch touchscreen that controls Multi-Terrain Select modes and the HVAC system, and an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster. Pricing for the new luxury SUV hasn’t yet been announced, but it will reportedly launch in the U.S. in Q1 of 2022.