SUVs and crossovers are currently the flavour of the market and everyone wants a piece of the action. Today, there are all kinds of SUVs/crossover design vehicles available at almost every price range that exists. In fact, it has become so competitive that the customer is spoilt for choice wherever he/she looks. It is no wonder then that Lexus, which recently made its debut in India, has two out of the three vehicles brought out in these body styles.
The RX is the new design crossover, but the more traditional and in this case flagship offering here is the large LX SUV. 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 this SUV 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-seat 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 made to 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 turbocharged 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 more adjustment options.
Lexus is yet to launch the LX in India but 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 models from the Range Rover family.