A luxury SUV no doubt, but having only one design upgrade since 2008, it was about time for the Lexus LX570 to turn it up design-wise. The only challenge being that enthusiasts preferred it the way it was, huge and resembling a Toyota Land Cruiser with opulent interior furnishings. So while Lexus maintained consistency with mild changes in the design of the LX, other competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GL-class, the Land Rover Range Rover, and the Cadillac Escalade were hard at work, developing new engines, transmissions and exploring new aesthetics. Thus, it’s no wonder that Lexus in 2016 is giving us this sexier, classier and enhanced Lexus LX570.
Exterior: Features a Large aggressive front grille design, standard LED headlamps, fog lamps, and turn indicators. New 20-inch, split-10-spoke wheels come standard, but 21-inch 10-spoke rollers are on offer. Power comes from the same 383-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine as before. New eight-speed transmission. Drive Mode Select system; 1. Eco focuses on saving fuel and dials back the A/C for increased efficiency; 2. Comfort sets up the carry-over Adaptive Variable Suspension for a smooth ride; 3. Sport heightens powertrain response and dials back the steering assist; 4. Sport+ firms up the suspension for maximum agility.
Interior: Standard panoramic camera setup offers rear, front, and side views (viewed singularly or in several combinations) on a new, larger 12.3-inch screen. On the safety front, the Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) incorporates pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, and radar cruise control into a suite of features all aimed at taking the responsibility out of vehicle control. When in use, the radar cruise control can first notify the driver of an impending collision and then take autonomous braking action if needed. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard; a head-up display is optional.
Wood-trim selections—Matte Walnut, Linear Dark Mocha, Linear Espresso, and Dark Brown Walnut—all complemented by the new wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel.
A new analog clock rests in an aluminum surround and packs the requisite modern touches by featuring LED hands and markers as well as GPS-regulated time-change functionality.
Technology: New for 2015 was the integration of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free tech, which lets occupants access iTunes, Apple Maps (with turn-by-turn navigation), and more via voice through the Siri digital assistant. Tunes roll forth from your choice of either AM/FM/satellite/HD radio, CD, Bluetooth, iTunes, or USB, and play through a nine-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system. Options on a 450-watt, 19-speaker Mark Levinson system.
Check out the photos of the 2016 Lexus LX570