By Matt Campbell
The all-new Lexus LX570 has arrived, and along with a new look and more equipment, it also brandishes a higher price.
The new-look Lexus LX570 now kicks off from US $98,300 (before taxes), which is US $4000 more than the previous version. But, as mentioned, there’s a load more features for the cash.
First off, the 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine which produces 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque is still in commission, but this time around it’s teamed with an eight-speed automatic gearbox rather than a six-speed unit. That helps drop the fuel use a little, from 14.8 litres per 100 kilometres to 14.4L/100km. The fuel tank remains at 138L in capacity.
To ensure that the engine is operating at the best setting for the situation, the LX now gets a Drive Mode Select system, which has six options to choose from: Comfort, Eco, Normal, Customize, Sport and Sport+. Customize allows the driver to set individual aspects of the car’s behaviour including the suspension, engine and gearbox.
As well as adaptive dampers, the LX has height adjustable suspension that lowers itself for easy entry and exit using the Active Height Control. And while there are 20-inch wheels standard, 21s are also available as part of the Enhancement Pack.
Safety is a strong point for the LX570, with 10 airbags standard (dual front, dual front knee, front side, rear side, full-length curtains), and front, side and reverse-view cameras which combine to offer a surround view. Further, the Lexus Safety System+ is standard, with pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and active high-beam lights. Further safety inclusions consist of a tyre pressure monitoring system, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The interior sees some major differences including an updated media system with a large 12.3-inch screen and Lexus’ remote touch interface, while the driver information screen is bigger now, too (4.2-inch). The standard rear-seat entertainment screens are also larger (now 11.6-inch), and the driver gets a head-up display projected onto the windscreen.
Lexus is offering owners a years’ worth of Enform Remote access to monitor their car from their smart device to check on when it needs to be serviced, lock/unlock the doors, start/stop the engine and adjust the climate control. That Enform system has an on-board aspect, too, in that it can call emergency services in the event of an accident. And for those who own a Qi phone case, there’s an inductive charge plate in the centre console.
The aforementioned Enhancement Pack gets those 21” wheels, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated/ventilated outboard second-row seats, and it adds US $8,890 to the price.
- Unfortunately, Lexus; which is a luxury vehicle manufacturer owned by Toyota, does not have an exclusive, official or sole distributor of their new vehicles in Kenya; however, there are a number of international car importation companies and local dealers who bring in individual Lexus models by themselves or on request.
- This lack of an official local dealer for Lexus means that after sales service for Lexus owners is dependent on relying on credible garages or mechanics that are familiar with Lexus or such luxury vehicles.