2016 Lexus LX: combining luxury with true off-road abilitiesNov 14th, 2015
A revised 2016 Lexus LX 570 full size SUV is on the horizon.
Combining a powerful V8, sophisticated 4WD chassis and seating for eight, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is one of the few luxury utility vehicles to combine sumptuous comfort with true off-road capability.
Unveiled in August during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 comes with almost no exterior surface left untouched; only door panels are carried over from the previous generation.
Of course, the front incorporates Lexus’ signature spindle grille, which is framed with satin chrome trim and new standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights. Out back, new taillights and a new bumper visually link front to back.
Powertrain-wise, an eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the former six-speed for enhanced performance and efficiency. New Drive Mode Select, as used in other Lexus vehicles, 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.
Lexus explains the various modes include ECO, which adjusts powertrain responses and air conditioning to prioritize fuel-efficient driving; COMFORT mode optimizes AVS damping to help deliver the smoothest ride possible; SPORT S mode dials up powertrain response and dials 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 produces 383 horsepower and delivers 90-percent of its 403 lb.-ft. peak torque at 3,600 rpm; couple to the new eight-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain allows for a 7,000-pound towing capacity… Perfect for towing a sizeable boat, camping trailer or classic car.
Lexus has included the panoramic view camera as standard for 2016. This invaluable aid helps when hitching and maneuvering a trailer, viewing the surround terrain when off-roading, and view the area around the vehicle (sides, front and rear) when maneuvering tight spaces.
Viewed through the larger 12.3-inch navigation screen, the camera 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.
These camera angles will be useful considering the capabilities of the vehicle. The four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) 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.
Tech-wise, the 2016 LX 570 includes a wide array of driver-assist technologies help the driver to avoid hazards. New and standard for 2016, Lexus Safety System + combines Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.