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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.

In India,  it will be offered alongside the V8 petrol-powered LX570, along with the familiar RX450h SUV, and the ES300h sedan.

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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.

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