The Cadillac Escalade has a fresh new rival in the way of the 2022 Lexus LX 600, which made its official debut today ahead of its arrival at U.S. dealers in the first quarter of next year.
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 rides on Toyota’s body-on-frame GA-F platform, which is 20 percent more rigid than the outgoing LX’s platform despite being significantly lighter. In total, the 2022 LX 600 is 441 pounds lighter than the model it replaces, resulting in superior acceleration and handling dynamics, Lexus says, along with additional off-road stability. A standard ‘Active Height Control’ suspension system with three height settings provides further on-road comfort and off-road capability and is joined by new Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems.
Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic is the only available transmission option and sends power to all wheels via a standard full-time four-wheel-drive system. The low-range four-wheel-drive system also supports Crawl Control with five driver-selected low-speed settings, including low, mid-low, mid, mid-high and high.
Cabin occupants will be greeted by a new widescreen dual-display configuration consisting of a 12.3-inch upper screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 7-inch lower screen. The upper display is used for showing navigation and audio controls, while the lower 7-inch display shows climate control settings and serves as a driving-support screen for the adjustable Multi-Terrain Select traction control system. The available Ultra Luxury model features twin reclining second-row captain’s chairs, two rear-seat media display screens, a middle touch control screen and window sunshades.
Lexus also debuted the sport-oriented LX 600 F Sport this week, which is denoted by its 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, a mesh F Sport grille, retuned front and rear performance dampers, a Torsen limited-slip differential and sport-specific tuning for the power steering and adaptive suspension.
Like many other high-end vehicles these days, the 2022 Lexus LX 600 also comes equipped with a host of active safety technology, including Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Bicyclist Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Steer Assist and an advanced adaptive cruise control system.
As a body-on-frame luxury SUV designed with the North American market in mind, the 2022 Lexus LX 600 will serve as a direct rival to the Cadillac Escalade once it goes on sale next year. Complete details on pricing, options, availability and fuel economy are yet to be confirmed.