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 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.