Some automakers are saying no to people carriers and instead, focusing their efforts on giving customers even more crossovers and SUVs. But not Lexus. In fact, the Japanese automaker will be launching its first-ever minivan at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.
Named the LM, it’s likely based on the third generation Toyota Alphard. Judging by the latest teaser image released on social media, it has an almost identical profile, with sliding rear doors that facilitate ingress and egress, and long windows at the back that provide an airy feel.
Lexus’ large grille is flanked by angular headlights at the front that incorporate LED daytime running lights, as a previous teaser showed.
Toyota’s latest Alphard is offered with various powertrains, including a hybrid variant that could find its way in the LM, given that Lexus has trademarked the LM 300h moniker. The 3.5-liter V6 gasoline unit is another plausible candidate, as the LM 350 nameplate has been secured as well.
Customers should expect a spacious cabin with seating for up to 8 occupants, who will be surrounded by premium materials and plenty of equipment. Since this is a Lexus, the automaker has, in all likelihood, improved the ride quality over the Toyota model.
There’s a strong possibility that the LM minivan will be limited to Asian markets such as Taiwan and China, but we’ll know more on April 16, when it debuts at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.