The refreshed 2016 Lexus LX 570 has been officially revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, showing extensive exterior and interior tweaks.

THE REFRESHED 2016 Lexus LX 570 has been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, which anchors Monterey Car Week. This even hosts some of the world’s most beautiful machinery, and so Lexus thought it was “the ideal venue to introduce a flagship premier luxury sport-utility, the 2016 Lexus LX 570”. It will arrive Down Under in December.

As you can see from the images, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 has been given a reasonable touch up by the designers. Indeed, only the doors are carried over from the 2015 model.

“The restyled front end wears an even bolder rendition of the Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim and complemented by distinctive new standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights. The LX 570 design makeover gives it new 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, and new available 21-inch 10-spoke wheels. The taillights and rear bumper also get a new look,” Lexus said in a statement.

Beyond the looks, the upgrades extend to an eight-speed automatic transmission which replaces the old six-speed unit. And borrowing the Drive Mode Select system from other Lexus models “allows the LX 570 driver to tailor powertrain and suspension responses by using a dial on the console. The system also controls responses of the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which continually adjusts shock absorber damping rates while driving, helping to ensure optimal comfort even as the road surface changes”.

Drive modes include, ECO, which adjusts engine responses and air-conditioning to prioritise fuel-efficiency; COMFORT mode optimises AVS damping to help deliver a “smooth ride”; SPORT S mode tweaks the engine response and turns down power steering assist to “yield a sportier driving feel, and, to that, SPORT S+ mode adds firmer damping control from AVS to prioritize handling agility”. The 5.7-litre V8 engine makes 280kW and 540Nm of torque.

Announced as standard for the US model but likely to make it onto the Australian-spec vehicle too, is a panoramic view camera which can help when hitching up a trailer, or when driving off-road. Lexus says, “the new, larger 12.3-inch navigation screen can show several view combinations (panoramic/driver’s side, panoramic/passenger’s side, panoramic/rear, panoramic/front, side/side, rear, front/side/side, underfloor/side/side, rear/side/side) to help aid the driver”.

The LX also adds standard several safety features, new multimedia with Remote Touch Interface and substantial dual screens for the available Rear Seat Entertainment System to help captivate passengers.

The Lexus LX 570 gets 10 airbags (with seating for eight people) are among the comprehensive occupant protection measures in the LX 570, in addition the LX features the Lexus Safety System + which combines Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

It also offers standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Also with the goal of helping keep the driver’s eyes on the road, the LX 570 puts more information directly in line of sight with the newly available Heads-up Display (HUD). The Heads-up Display shows information such as vehicle speed, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, warnings, information icons, LDA, PCS and Intuitive Park Assist.

The LX 570 continues with a body-on-frame structure, features a Torsen limited-slip locking centre differential which provides full-time four-wheel drive, splitting torque 40:60 under normal driving conditions. The differential responds on the move to changing conditions, automatically adjusting the torque distribution as necessary. Off-road, the driver can lock the centre differential.

The LX 570 also features the four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) “which helps to control wheel slip, and, using the Multi-Terrain Select system, the driver can match A-TRAC’s performance to the prevailing conditions”. Selectable modes include Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand. The transmission’s driver-selectable low range provides low-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road hills and uneven terrain. Low-range capability gets support from Crawl Control with Turn Assist, Hill-start Assist Control and Variable Gear Ratio Steering.

The LX 570 also copped an extensive refreshing on the inside. Key features are the new three-spoke steering wheel, analog clock which can be adjusted automatically via a GPS function. The standard Climate Concierge automatically monitors the temperature of the four separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats (second row heating and ventilated seats are a cost option) and steering wheel individually.

As was revealed in numerous spy shots, the LX gets a new 12.3-inch display with Remote Touch Interface (RTI) means navigation gains full-screen map capability. “There are menu shortcut buttons on the side of the screen. The screen can be split into three sections to show different functions, such as navigation, audio and climate control information. The new Remote Touch Interface controller makes it even easier to use to operate climate control, audio, phone, navigation and more”.

2016 Lexus LX 570 key features:

•Eight-speed automatic transmission replaces six-speed

•Restyled front end with one-piece spindle grille

•Drive Mode Select

•LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights

•Revised taillights and rear bumper

•New 20- and 21-inch wheel designs

•Standard Lexus Safety System +

•Upgraded multimedia with 12.3-inch screen and Remote Touch Interface

•Larger 4.2-inch multi-information display

•Standard Panoramic View Camera

•Available Heads-Up Display

•Three-spoke wood-trimmed steering wheel

•Luxury Package now includes ventilated/heated rear seats

•LED ambient lighting in cabin and cargo area

•Touch-sensor overhead lighting

•Manual second-row sunshades

•Available wireless charging tray for Qi-compatible phones

•Larger 11.6-inch screens for available Rear Seat Entertainment System

•Tire-specific tire pressure monitoring system

•Standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert


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