It's safe to say that this is pretty much the only car in its class - but for an eyewatering price.
When you think of luxury vehicles, you imagine a long sedan with plenty of legroom and features, paired with incredible insulation from harshness and a supple ride. But what if we told you that there was another way - and that comes in the form of the Lexus LM350, essentially the Lexus version of a certain boxy MPV.
But this is not an MPV - at least, not one that seats six or seven. No, the LM350 will house just four occupants and a partition that separates the first and second rows. Yes, the second row is comprised of two VIP seats that can be reclined into flatbeds, a-la-business class flight seating. No matter what kind of luxury sedan you buy, you just can't get this level of comfort. They even have massage functions and air-cooling, in tandem with AdaptiPedic low-density urethane foam for a gentle full-body hug.
As the name suggests, the LM350 gets a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine making 296 hp and 361 Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending all that power to the front wheels. That's a hefty amount of grunt, pretty much Honda Civic Type R levels - though the vehicle weighs just over 2100 kilograms depending on the options selected.
What matters more are the accoutrements - namely a 12.3-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for front occupants, only to be dwarfed by a whopping 26-inch LCD display screen and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system for the rear occupants. There's an onboard refrigerator and storage space, as well as a massive double moon roof to keep the cabin feeling light and airy. All functions for climate and seating can be controlled via a touch panel sitting between the two rear seats.
The price for all this is a not insignificant RM 1,148,000 - though you also get the usual suite of Lexus Safety System+ items like pre-collision systems, lane tracing assist, lane change assist with a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, dynamic radar cruise control, and the adaptive high-beam systems. Seven airbags sit around the cabin to keep you safe in the event of an impact too.
You can have your LM350 in either black or pearl white crystal, but whichever you chose you can be sure that you'll be travelling in comfort. Yes, you may raise a few eyebrows stepping out of one of these, but in the way that business class flight tickets are absurdly expensive, you also come out more refreshed and ready to go than being crammed in cattle class.