According to rumours, Lexus could use the Shanghai Auto Show to unveil a minivan, a first for the brand.
According to Carscoops, this first Lexus minivan could carry the name “LM” and would be available in two versions, LM 350 and LM 300h. These names come from the fact that the Japanese manufacturer filed trademark applications on them last year. According to rumours, LM stands for “Lexus Minivan”.
All this from an image added to the official Facebook page of Lexus Taiwan on March 28th. The Facebook message containing the above photo has a caption that says “Lexus | The luxury of space. How does Lexus jump off the limits of transportation? When the vehicle is upgraded to an exclusive private space… To her, you can have more imagination.”
Lexus Enthusiast last year published a quote from Raymond Rodriguez, president of Lexus Manila in the Philippines who said “it’s just a matter of time” before Lexus has a minivan. The latter would be based on the Toyota Alphard, a model that is not sold in North America, which is marketed as a luxury car for companies offering chauffeur services in Asia.
The Toyota Auto Body plant, in Japan, would be the factory chosen to assemble the Lexus minivan according to Chubu Keizai Shimbun. The Japanese publication also adds that the production of the model should begin sometimes in 2020.
Full details of this new model will be announced at the Lexus press conference on April 15th during the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.