Lexus doesn’t typically manufacture SUVs specifically designed for overlanding, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of creating a customized overlanding vehicle. In fact, this LX600 is a prime example of how enthusiasts can commission and craft their own off-road adventure machines.
A brief history of the latest-generation LX: Introduced in 2021 as a more upscale version of the J300 series Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX was designed with North American consumers in mind. It is a premium SUV known for its exceptional performance.
Power and Pricing: Under the hood, you’ll find a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 engine, delivering a robust 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The price for a brand new LX currently starts at $92,915, which, while significant, may be considered steep for a vehicle that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds – respectable but not extraordinary.
Unique Charity Vehicle: The particular 2022 LX we are discussing was custom-built for charity by Overland Expo and further modified by Mule Expedition Outfitters. It is currently being auctioned off to benefit the Overland Expo Foundation, with the highest bid reaching an impressive $90,000 as of the last update.
Aesthetic and Performance Upgrades: The exterior boasts a striking silver finish and features a custom ARB Summit Mk II bumper, ARB Intensity IQ variable-focus lights, and a 12.5k lb winch with a synthetic line on the front end. The rear showcases a CBI swing-out bumper, a Prinsu roof rack, and Vision X LED perimeter lights. Additional enhancements include a 23Zero Armadillo A2 rooftop tent, a 23Zero Peregrine 270 awning, jerry cans, traction boards, and black 17” Icon Compression alloys with 33×12.50” Kenda Klever RT tires. A spare wheel is mounted on the rear swing-out carrier.
Mechanical and Engine Modifications: The vehicle’s suspension has been upgraded with Total Chaos front control arms and rear links, along with Radflo remote-reservoir shocks. The twin-turbo V6 engine has been slightly modified to incorporate an Optima yellow-top battery and a MagnaFlow Overland Series cat-back exhaust system.
Interior Comforts: Inside the LX, both front and rear passengers can enjoy heated and ventilated black leather seats, woodgrain trim, a 12.3” touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, a sunroof, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It’s important to note that the cruise control has been disabled to accommodate the custom front bumper, which is not a hindrance for adventure seekers.
Enhanced Cargo Compartment: The cargo compartment houses additional modifications, including the Goose Gear Ultimate Chef sliding rack storage system, a refrigerator, an auxiliary power management system with a custom housing, an auxiliary battery, a first-aid kit, outdoor table and chairs, custom tool kit, portable water jug (with faucet), and a two-way radio.
Versatility and Overlanding Lifestyle: While this Lexus LX is well-equipped for overlanding, it may be considered a “tweener” in terms of its capabilities. For those who desire an extended off-the-grid experience, custom vehicles like Land Rover Defenders or Mercedes Sprinter adventure vans with pop-top roof bedrooms are recommended. These options offer more amenities and extended living space. A turbo-diesel powertrain is often favored for its range and efficiency when exploring remote areas. Ultimately, the choice of overlanding vehicle should align with the individual’s specific lifestyle and requirements.
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