Lexus LM Breaks Cover As Ultra Luxurious Minivan For China, Other Asian Markets

The first ever Lexus minivan has arrived and it’s quite a special vehicle.

Celebrating its world debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Lexus LM is a flagship luxury MPV developed specifically for the Chinese market. However, it will go on sale on other Asian markets too — unfortunately, Lexus didn’t announce plans to offer it outside the world’s most populous continent.

Lexus says the new LM integrates oriental car philosophy, combining unique craftsmanship with hospitality and comfortable driving experience. While it looks quite attractive on the outside (despite sporting the biggest spindle-grille we’ve seen so far), the Lexus LM is all about the interior.

The new LM luxury minivan is showcased in Shanghai in a four-seat configuration that effectively turns the rear passenger compartment into a business-class lounge. The front and rear rows are separated by a wall fitted with a glass screen that can be raised and lowered. The partition also features a big flat-screen TV and other amenities.

But the executive seats are the main ingredient of the Lexus LM’s opulent rear passenger compartment. They feature heating, ventilation, and massaging functions, as well as a variety of adjustments. They’re filled with low-density urethane foam which allows them to combine “ideal support with couch-like comfort,” according to Lexus. Interestingly, the cooling function is done by suction ventilation.

The 26-inch display in the partition wall can be connected to devices such as smartphones and tablets and supports Blu-ray playback. Other features include a 19-speaker sound system, a 14-liter refrigerator that can hold two bottles of champagne or wine, and a touch display located between the rear seats to control the TV, seats, climate control, and sound system.

Lexus says the LM will also be available in a seven-seat configuration featuring two separate luxury seats for the first two rows and three seats across the third row. The seats located on the second row will be the most comfortable and will feature larger, more supportive armrests.

As for powertrains, there will be two available models (LM 350 and LM 300h) with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The LM 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine while the LM 300h utilizes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid system.


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  • Liam Paul

    This has to be the most ugly minivan lol.

  • Rocket

    “…unfortunately, Lexus didn’t announce plans to offer it outside the world’s most populous continent.”

    No, that’s not the unfortunate part. What’s unfortunate is that those poor people will have to see this thing on a regular basis. Think of the frightened children!!!

    • Shobin Drogan

      Google 2019 Alphard & 2019 Vellfire. I have to look at them on a daily basis. Just as bad if not worse.


    I thought the Toyota Al-fart 😉 is the ugliest car on the planet, but they have done it even worse, respect! But I like the luxury insde, wouldn´t mind to relax there while Earl drives me to the restaurant 😛

  • Joe

    I’m wondering if this will replace the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire Royal Lounge in Japan, since the interior is very similar in concept and priced where I’d expect this Lexus LM to be…

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      That’s exactly what I am thinking about, they may need to kill either Vellfire or Alphard or maybe the 2

      • Jason Panamera

        Well, they will fire Velfire, it won’t be hard since they still got Alphard.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      I’m afraid not….why? Noah, Voxy, Esquire

      • Joe

        It’s been widely covered in the Japanese auto media in the past few months that Toyota will integrate/eliminate its various dealer channels (Netz, Toyopet, Corolla, ToyotaStore) and have just Toyota, for better coverage of all models across the country and to cut costs wasted having 3-4 dealers covering an area where they really only need one. They have openly released their plan to trim 60 models/names to just 30 by 2022-25. It is already known the Alphard and Vellfire will just become Alphard, and the Estima will be discontinued, and the Noah/Voxy will be replaced by a single model. As for the Esquire, who knows? All it is at the moment is the Noah with nicer interior materials and some different exterior fittings (they share headlights, for example).
        The Lexus LM that was shown has a very similar spec/interior to the Alphard Royal Lounge. It could act as a replacement if Toyota/Lexus so choose, and dealerships have reportedly been asking for it. Note that I only mean the top-spec Royal Lounge, not the rest of the Alphard lineup. As I state below, if the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX can co-exist with similar differences, so can the Alphard and LM.

        • Eythan Aldrich

          Mindblowned……will wait to see what happens next

        • Eythan Aldrich

          Also… I know why the new 220 crown puts the crown royal, athlete and majesta out of the picture and integrated into trim levels instead

  • Dennis Scipio

    I don’t think it’s that bad looking. I do think it’s better than the Toyota Alphard that’s it’s based off of. I never had a probl an with lexus ‘ current front ends. Styling is only a subjective opinion and not a fac t.

  • erly5

    I am a fan of Lexus styling, but this is utterly horrendous.

    • Craig

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s just AWFUL.

  • salamOOn

    omg just look at the interior, comfort and space…. no, im not gonna buy it because it looks bad from the outside…. jeeez.

  • rover10

    This is the future of the luxury market as limos give way to generous space and comfort. Those companies in this market, need to take note, I believe the ‘Vanspace’ will be the fastest growing segment going forward globally.

  • StrangerGP

    They should move the headlights to the roof so that the grille could cover the entire front.

    • alex.remsen

      Congrats dude! I think yours is the commentary with the most likes on this site. It was hilarious 😂😂

  • driv3r

    I think the MB V-Class has nothing to fear here…

  • lapirk

    BMW: heres the biggest grill we make on our 7 and X7

    Lexus: hold my beer

  • Bob

    The new definition of something being “beautiful on the inside”.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I think it looks properly premium than Mercedes V Class. Judging from the popular Toyota Alphard sales, the LM will sell like hot cake in Asia.

  • WalthamDan

    The only thing that could help improve the looks of this rig is a full body cover.

  • CarCzarDesigner

    Bernie indeed! With his policies, few will be able to afford a car with 57% Federal income taxes and States getting on the sock-it-em bandwagon too. He was on TV last night for a town hall forum. What a liar and a hypocrite! He couldn’t think fast enough to answer tough questions and fell back on his canned campaign mantra. There is nothing like having a Janitor or Bus driver call the shots for running and ruining the country. Just look at Venezuela!

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  • ME

    A modification would have to be done to the front clip if they want to import this model to the US.

  • designer_dick

    Well, you can’t accuse it of being bland or forgettable, can you?

  • Bhaskar Manda

    Wow, there isn’t an angle from which it isn’t hideous!

    • Enter Ranting

      The underside is quite nice.

  • GobbleUp

    Makes most new Ferraris look decent.

  • klowik

    Only 3 passengers, What a waste of space ?? There’s enough space for another row of seats..either in 2+2+2 or 2+2+3 configuration.

    • Bill Nguyen

      “Lexus says the LM will also be available in a seven-seat configuration featuring two separate luxury seats for the first two rows and three seats across the third row.”


  • vvmdrf

    I just spit out my coffee

  • Mr. EP9

    I knew it was going to be uglier and Lexus did not disappoint.

    • paulgdeaton

      I guess that can advertise, “It comes complete with a snow-plow on the front…”

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  • Astonman

    The Toyota van it is based on is quite pretty. I travel to Asia and been to Australia and they have some sporty looking vans that looks so much better than the soccer mom looking minivans we have here.

  • SteersUright

    Tell you what, I’d love to rent one for a road trip with friends/family!

  • In a Lexus way they pulled it off…

  • Finkployd

    You guys mock the front fascia but the Toyota Alphard this is based on already has a giant grille.
    And despite that you see them everywhere in Japan

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