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Lexus LX Vs Toyota Land Cruiser

Lexus LX Vs Toyota Land Cruiser
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Saturday 01 April 2017, 17:47 PM

The SUV market is booming in India today and it looks like everyone wants a slice of the pie. The latest to enter the fray is Lexus who has come to India with two SUVs. One, of course, is the RX crossover while the one that has managed to get our attention is the much larger LX.  It has been a favourite among imported SUV buyers for a long time and now with it being officially brought to India we believe that Lexus will see decent numbers for the massive SUV. So how  does the LX compare to its close relative, the Toyota Land Cruiser, which has been the traditional big Japanese SUV in the Indian market for a while now. Read on to find out.


Big and in your face, that’s the best way to describe both vehicles. They are roughly the same size across all measurements and have a traditional SUV-like square body design with sharp edges and a high stance. The larger grille on the Lexus tips the scales in favour of the premium car in terms of presence and should give it the upper hand, However, the Land Cruiser has been around for much longer and is instantly recognisable even from afar in terms of silhouette and distinctness.


Firstly, both are massive full-size seven-seater vehicles and given their size, both have proper third rows with sufficient space for three occupants to sit in the back. Even the layout of the elements is the same, except for some changes  madeto meet the design philosophies of the individual brands. The feature list across both models is expansive and includes  standard stuff like four-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and electrically adjustable seats. However, the LX manages to up the ante by offering 19 speakers and a rear-seat entertainment package.   

The safety suite is pretty comprehensive too with 10 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill descent control, traction control, seatbelt pre-tensioners and even stability control programme available across both models as standard fitment.


Both the SUVs are offered with a turbo-charged 4.5-litre diesel V8 engine producing 261bhp/650Nm of torque. The gearbox is a six-speed AT. Both vehicles also get a comprehensive AWD system with adjustable suspension for various terrains. However, the Land Cruiser’s off-road abilities are a bit stronger than the Lexus as it has more adjustment options.


Lexus is yet to launch the LX in India but it has already showcased the car during the unveiling and launch of the brand last month. Given the premium factor of the brand and the obvious step-up  from Toyota to Lexus, it is expected to be priced around Rs 50 lakh more than the Land Cruiser. This means the LX is expected to be priced at Rs 1.8 crore putting it also in competition with the likes of the models from the Range Rover family.   


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