Australian consumers appear poised to get another diesel-burning luxury SUV in the near future, and word is it's coming from Lexus, of all automakers. Sean Hanley, chief executive of the company's branch in Oz, recently told Aussie website Drive that he's "pretty confident" that the new engine for the LX is getting the green light.

Like in the US, the LX in Australia is currently only offered with a 5.7-liter, gasoline-burning V8. However, sales of the big SUV are presently minuscule Down Under, with Drive reporting just 153 LX570s sold in all of Oz last year. Hanley is negotiating with Japan to get the new diesel in hopes of boosting flagging sales. If his efforts are successful, it would be the first diesel engine offered in a Lexus there. Hanley didn't specify exactly which mill the SUV would get. However, given the LX's close relationship with Toyota Land Cruiser, the diesel 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 already available in the Toyota in markets outside of North America seems like a natural choice.

Don't expect the variant to be hopping across the Pacific, though. Lexus spokesperson Allison Takahashi tells Autoblog she has heard "nothing" about an oil-burning LX coming to the US. That's not a huge surprise, though, because neither Toyota nor Lexus offer any diesels in their lineups today. Also, Lexus has only sold 1,981 LX570s through June, which only placed it ahead of the LFA supercar in the brand's sales. It's probably just not worth certifying the engine for such a low-volume model.


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      Winnie Jenkems
      • 10 Months Ago
      The real question is, why doesn't Lexus offer any diesels in the US? It should be the standard engine in something like the LX, if for no other reason but fuel efficiency. Nobody needs a hulking mall crawler like this to go 0-60 in 6 seconds.
      Lab Rat
      • 10 Months Ago
      Give something a Diesel in the USA, ffs.
      CarCrazy24
      • 10 Months Ago
      Both the Land Cruiser and the LX should get diesels. It would certainly help the GX model too, 25+ mpg would sound great in rigs that huge.
      wilkegm
      • 10 Months Ago
      The LX may get a slight bump soon, as the Land Cruiser may go away, as it did in the Great White North. Perhaps it WOULD be worth certifying the 1VD-FTV for the Tundra...
        srlalsd1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @wilkegm
        I feel like they would keep the Land Cruiser because of that name.
          Basil Exposition
          • 10 Months Ago
          @srlalsd1
          Yea Land Cruiser has some serious brand equity and LX has virtually none. They'd be crazy to retire the Land Cruiser name but I doubt many would miss the LX.
      Nick
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have been thinking for over a decade how foolish it has been for Toyota to take charge with certification, marketing and eventual proliferation of their D4-D units throughout their SUV lineup including first and foremost the Landcruiser / LX but also the 4runner / Tacoma and tundra / sequoia, and maybe even RAV 4 models. The 3.0 D4-D would suffice if only further engineered and adapted for higher output (over 200hp and around 350lb-ft) and cleaner emissions for the smaller models. A single V6 CRTD engine could conceivably be sufficient for the larger models with a medial output in 4runner / Tacoma models and higher output (twin turbos) on the LC / LX / tundra / sequoia.
      Eggmania
      • 10 Months Ago
      that thing is grotesque and im a huge lexus fanboi
      wrestleprocbt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wasn't the LX one of the origina models in the lineup when Lexus began? I think it came out with the LS full size sedan and the lower entry ES. It would be ashame to drop it especially since it shares components with the Land Cruiser which has been a Toyota staple for so long. They should keep it if for nothing else to piss of the lib tree huggers on the left though it has to be profitable for Toyota to keep the model even though there is great joy watching the greenies cringe when they say anything bigger than a Prius on the road.
        Carmaker1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        It is not being dropped, simple as that. LX450d has been trademarked already, so this report only adds to that.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'll tell you this, these things do not sell well at all. 100k for a loaded one. The design is dated. Lexus is losing that.....umph. seen an LS today and all I could think of is a Japanese Buick. Lexus is losing that appeal. Infiniti seems to be making more exciting designs.
        Carmaker1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Yes, I'm sure it will be dated after 10 years since the basic design LX570 design approval in '04. The next LX (J300) already reached that stage several months ago. The LS sells less than it does worldwide actually. It is mainly US customers, that generally have the luxury of not worrying about bad/nonexistent roads or extreme climates (that test reliability), so thus the poor results. The likes of the Escalade and GL have plenty of market share for that reason.
      Technoir
      • 10 Months Ago
      Based on a 15 year old platform.
        Nick
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        This platform was introduced in 2008, so development probably began much less than 15 years ago.
      Carmaker1
      • 10 Months Ago
      You seem to have contradicted yourself, by claiming they do not offer diesels in any of their lineups today, yet above mentioned 4.5 V8 LC200. My parents own a UK-spec 2013 Land Cruiser V8 4.5 D4-D, so clearly they still offer them. Seems you forgot to specify, "U.S. lineups" or Lexus lineup. LX450d has already been trademarked anyway since June 11th, so whether or not they care about offering it to those of you in the US is up for question: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/Falcon_Details.Print_TM_Details?p_tm_number=1627841&p_ExtDisp=D&p_Detail=DETAILED&p_Search_No=3&p_Lastrecord=FALSE&p_Is_Internal=F
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