Availability of the diesel-powered Lexus LX450d has expanded to the Indian market this week, but, despite being offered in New Zealand, it remains off the cards for Australia.
Powered by the same 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine offered in the related Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series, the 2.5+ tonne LX450d is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in a respectable 8.6 seconds, on its way to a top whack of 210km/h.
Just across the Tasman from Australia, the LX450d is already on sale in New Zealand, as is the LX570 offered locally, priced from NZ$159,900 ($147,183).
Despite its ‘entry-level’ status, that makes it comparatively more expensive than the decked out LX570 offered here, which is priced from $143,030 before on-road costs.
However, unfortunately for Australian buyers, Lexus’s local arm hasn’t changed its decision to not offer the diesel LX in Australia, sticking with the 270kW/530Nm LX570.