2016 LX 570 gets a major makeover
Lexus planned to show off the capabilities of its full 2016 all-wheel-drive lineup during a media event in the scenic Charlevoix region northeast of Quebec City, where snow in December is usually a certainty. Not so this year, however – just bare roads and barren fields, apart from a man-made snowy patch at the top of Le Massif de Charlevoix, where a few traction tests were possible.
The event served pimarily as a coming-out party for the brand's utility vehicle flagship, the “refreshed” LX 570. Here are 16 key features that make the 2016 LX 570 even more attractive to its well-heeled potential buyers.
Unveiled in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2016 LX 570 has been given a major makeover. Unlike most mid-cycle updates, Lexus has made significant changes to the appearance of this eight-passenger SUV. For starters, all its exterior sheet-metal is new, except for the door panels.
A bigger, bolder version of the brand’s signature spindle grille dominates the redesigned front end of the LX 570. The new one-piece grille is framed by satin chrome trim, while new LED headlamps, turn indicators and fog lights are standard equipment. Equally-new 20-inch alloy wheels fill the wheel wells nicely.
The rear end of the LX 570 has been redesigned as well with the addition of dramatic LED tail-lights and a new bumper. The taillights have been specifically shaped to help smooth airflow around the rear of the vehicle.
Vanes built into the exterior mirror mounting bracket, in combination with the new tail-light shaping, have helped improve this big SUV’s drag coefficient, which is now down to 0.35. The vanes create a vortex that helps channel airflow along the side of the 7,385-kg vehicle.
A new 360-degree camera system has been added as standard equipment for 2016. Four cameras – one in the grille, a pair under the exterior mirrors and one in the rear – deliver a panoramic view all around the LX 570. The images, which are displayed on a large screen atop the instrument panel, can be combined in several views to better assist the driver in maneuvers such as parking or hooking up to a trailer. (The LX 570 is capable of towing up to 3,175 kg (7,000 lb)).
The cabin of the LX 570 has been refurbished and includes supple leather trim and rich wood accents – real, not fake
The instrument panel has been redesigned and now features a panoramic, 12.3-inch, full-colour display screen with Remote Touch Interface, plus a head-up display (HUD) that displays key information to the driver. The voice-activated HDD navigation system’s maps can be displayed on the full screen, so folks who usually need glasses to read the details can do so without having to fumble for their lenses. The display can also be divided into a trio of images to show details of the navigation, climate control and audio systems all at the same time. A 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system is standard.
In the midst of the latest in multimedia and connectivity features, the LX 570 includes a throwback gem. Mounted in the centre of the instrument panel, there’s now a new analog clock encased in a housing that’s been carved from a single ingot of aluminum. This timeless timepiece has modern LED indicators and a GPS feature keeps it ticking on time and even adjusts when traveling through different time zones.
Second-row passengers can not only enjoy the convenience of power sliding seats, but they can activate either heating or ventilating functions, depending on the climate. There’s also four-zone climate control so the cabin temperature should be just right, regardless of where you’re sitting. The second-row entertainment system has been upgraded for 2016 with the addition of dual 7.0-inch screens, as well as USB ports and controls in the armrests for the audio and climate control systems.
The third-row seats can be folded at the touch of a button and can either be left flat on the floor or flipped to the side of the cargo area. With both rows of seats folded, there’s 1,266 litres (44.7 cubic feet) of cargo space. Raise the second row and there’s still 787 litres (27.8 cu ft), while there’s 258 litres (9.1 cu ft) with the third-row seats upright.
Access to the cargo area is aided by a two-piece tailgate – the lower section flips out and the large, power-assisted main tailgate swings up at the touch of a button.
A new standard Lexus Safety System features a suite of safety technologies, including a pre-collision warning system, lane departure alert, automatic high beam and dynamic radar cruise control. Also included as standard equipment are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, active traction and vehicle stability controls and a multi-terrain traction control system, plus 10 airbags.
The lone engine choice remains unchanged from the previous model year – a 5.7-litre V-8 producing 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque.
An eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed box. This electronically-controlled tranny delivers the engine’s output through the LX's four-wheel-drive system more efficiently. Consumption of regular-grade gasoline from its 93-litre fuel tank is rated at 15.9 litres/100 km in combined driving, an improvement over the previous model’s 16.6 L/100 km combined rating. In city driving, the consumption rate is 18.3 L/100km; on the highway, it’s 12.9.
The transmission is also linked to a new Drive Mode Select system that enables the driver to adjust the powertrain to his/her specific preferences. This system can also alter the shock absorbers’ damping rates and power steering assist, creating the ride and feel the driver prefers, simply by selecting the appropriate mode using a knob mounted on the centre console.
The LX 570 only comes one way – fully loaded, even including a full tank of gas. There are no options; every feature is included as standard equipment. The price sheet maxes out at $108,476.97, including a $2,045 tab for freight and PDI. The basic vehicle warranty is four years or 80,000 kilometres, although the powertrain is warranted for six years or 110,000 km.
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