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News Trademarked Lexus LX 700h Name Means a Hybrid Version is Coming

Trademarked Lexus LX 700h Name Means a Hybrid Version is Coming

A hybrid version of the Lexus LX flagship SUV is logical

  • The current model, the 600, is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine.

  • The LX 700h will likely run Toyota’s i-Force Max turbo V6.

Toyota’s revised its EV plans but that does not mean that its initial hybrid plans will not be fulfilled. In fact, Lexus has hybridized the near entirety of its lineup save for its older vehicles such as the IS, related RC, and the GX. The only new model not offered with a hybrid powertrain was the LX but that’s about to change.

2022 Lexus LX | Photo: Lexus

The current Lexus LX mega-SUV landed for the 2022 model with a “600” powertrain. Said powertrain consists in the i-Force twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engine along with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Its output is rated at 409 hp and 479 lb-ft, or the same as found in the new Tundra. Like the full-size pickup and the recently-introduced Sequoia, Lexus plans to add the i-Force Max engine to the LX according to Motor Authority.

The i-Force Max is the hybrid-assisted twin-turbo 3.5L V6 that delivers a considerable 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. The recently tested Sequoia shows how powerful the Max is as it makes little of the massive SUV’s 6,200 lb curb weight. Like the Sequoia, however, positioning the battery beneath the third row will compromise trunk space and functionality. Even so, the LX 700h will probably do well.

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