Malaysia says Yes to 2023 Toyota Alphard / Vellfire, No to Lexus LM, at least for now
Hans · Jul 18, 2023 09:00 AM
Lexus Malaysia has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce the second-generation Lexus LM this year. This is despite parent company UMW Toyota Motor opening its order books for the latest AH40 generation 2023 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Vellfire.
Like a Mercedes-Maybach S580 and a regular S-Class, the Lexus LM builds on the highest Executive Lounge variant of the Toyota Alphard.
For reference, estimated prices of the new AH40 generation 2023 Toyota Alphard starts at RM 538,000.
The Malaysia market Toyota Alphard is powered by a T24A-FTS 2.4-litre, inline-4, turbocharged engine with Dual VVT-i. It makes 278 PS and 430 Nm of torque. The transmission of choice is a sole 8-speed automatic.
On the other hand, the Vellfire is powered by a 2AR-FE 2.5-litre Dual VVT-i naturally aspirated engine that pumps out 182 PS and 235 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a 7-speed CVT.
Interestingly, the powertrain options for Japan are reversed between the models. In Japan, the turbocharged engine is only offered to the Vellfire, which is priced much higher than the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated- or hybrid-only Alphard.