New Delhi: Lexus showcased the LM 300h MPV at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023, among other models such as the new RX and LX SUVs. The LM 300h MPV is essentially the Toyota Vellfire (Rs 94.45 lakh, ex-showroom) but with Lexus-specific design cues and a much more luxuriously appointed interior.
It was introduced with a petrol-hybrid powertrain, although there are no plans to launch it yet. The new LM has a typical, upright and boxy MPV silhouette with distinctive Lexus design cues, but a keen eye can identify the Vellfire inside.
Apart from the softened plastic parts, all other body panels are identical on both MPVs. At the front, it features Lexus’ signature chrome spindle grille, flanked by sleek LED headlights with L-shaped DRLs.
The L-shaped fog lamp covers are also finished in chrome. On the side, the LM has a unique chrome strip around the window line that differs from the Vellfire, although the sliding doors and glass house are the same. At the rear, there’s a distinctive LED taillight assembly across the width of the tailgate, along with generous use of chrome.
Lexus LM 300h: Interior and Features
The LM 300h is much more different on the inside than on the outside, with the biggest draw being the prominent bulkhead between the front seats and also between the second row seats in the four-seat version.
This is also the most luxurious version of the LM, with reclining and ventilated rear captain’s seats separated by a central touchscreen control panel. The panel includes controls for the seats, climate controls and audio controls. A large 26-inch screen, fridge and umbrella storage are available for rear passengers.
The LM is also available in a 7-seat configuration, which is aimed at family customers and offers an additional row of three seats in the rear. However, the captain’s seats in the middle row are replaced with regular individual seats.
Lexus LM 300h: Powertrain Options
The LM 300h is powered by a self-charging hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-litre 150PS petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle and a pair of electric motors, one for each axle. The 143 hp front engine works in conjunction with the engine (combined output is 197 hp) and drives the front wheels via an e-CVT.
The 67 hp rear motor, on the other hand, drives only the rear wheels when an electric four-wheel drive system is needed. Globally, the LM is also offered with a 3.5-litre petrol engine which is offered with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.