2016 Lexus LX570 Adds Eight-Speed, Even More Features
SUV Flagship Adds Tech Features, Premium Trim
The names most synonymous with luxury SUVs are the Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade, but one name that deserves mention in that select group is the Lexus LX570. Sure, you could say it’s just a glorified Toyota Land Cruiser, but the same could be said of the Escalade just being a fancy Tahoe. Whereas many ultra-luxury SUVs have adopted unibody chassis and independent rear suspensions, the LX570 is still defiantly truck-like, with body-on-frame construction and a live rear axle. However, the GM fullsize SUVs have stuck with a similar design and remain popular with buyers.
For the 2016 model year, the Lexus LX570 improves on its proven formula with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, raising city and highway fuel economy by 1 mpg, respectively, and bringing figures to 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Motive force is still provided by the excellent 5.7L DOHC V-8 making 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque.
Bringing the LX570 up-to-date is full-LED exterior and interior lighting. Other exterior updates include new 20-inch and optional 21-inch wheel designs, a new spindle grille design, and revised taillights and rear bumper.
Second-row passengers get an upgrade to first class with USB power ports, armrest-mounted HVAC controls, available 11.6-inch dual second-row entertainment screens, and heated and ventilated outboard seating positions. The driver and front seat occupants also get some significant updates with a new standard 12.3-inch screen and remote-touch controller, new three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel, Qi wireless mobile phone charging (with compatible devices/accessories), analog clock with GPS time zone functionality, the choice of four different genuine wood trims, and available heads-up display. The formerly optional SmartAccess card key system is now standard, combining all the functions of a traditional remote into a slim, wallet-friendly package. Also new for 2016 is a drive mode select function.
Safety updates for 2016 include the addition of blind spot monitor system with rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, and a standard Lexus Safety System + package, which bundles pre-collision brake assist, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high-beam lighting, and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.
Pricing was not announced for the 2016 LX570, but with the 2015 model starting at $84,120, including a $940 destination charge, expect the 2016 model to easily top $85,000. The 2016 LX570 goes on sale this fall.