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The new Lexus LX 570 debuted this week
at America's 2012 Detroit Motor Show.

Lexus LX 570 update on the way

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13th January, 2012

New exterior styling with spindle grille, new 20-inch alloy wheel design, bumpers and lights
LX 570 gains new Turn Assist feature*** for tight off-road turns and additional off-road driving aids
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shift added to six-speed gearbox**
Upgraded interior and features

Sporting a bold new front end and new on-board technology, Lexus has refreshed its LX 570 by adopting Lexus' signature spindle grille, new 20-inch alloy wheel design, exterior styling and onboard technology.

Due for release during the second quarter of 2012, the LX 570 gets a new look at both the front and rear.

New LED daytime running lights complement a new headlamp design and new larger fog lamp bezels.

Both front and rear bumpers are refreshed, and the rear bumper protector is enhanced by a stainless steel accent.

Tail lamps and a more integrated tow hitch cover also received attention as part of the upgrades.

The spacious, eight-passenger cabin of the Lexus LX 570 receives a number of upgrades and changes.

The driver's seat gets a new Easy Access system, which makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier. The steering wheel and driver's seat automatically retract when the ignition is turned off. Front seats also feature improved ventilation, and a 220-volt power outlet has been added to the cargo area.

The instrument panel has been updated and a new colour multi-information display is applied. A metallic finish for the centre instrument cluster and front side air vents, along with a new metallic accent above the glove box, freshen the look of the instrument panel. The cabin of the new-look LX 570 also includes a mahogany woodgrain-look trim, while ivory and black leather-accented interior trim are also available on the revised model.

Exterior colours are also updated, with a new Mercury Grey and Sleek Ecru replacing Rhodium and Metallic Beige.

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Engine/transmission/drivetrain/performance

The LX 570's 5.7-litre V8 delivers the punch and towing power demanded in this segment, producing 270 kW of power at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 530 Nm at 3,200 rpm. Crucial to LX customers who tow with their vehicles, 90 per cent of peak torque is available at just 2,200 rpm.

Newly adopted steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters**, controlling a six-speed automatic transmission, ensure that customers can make the best use of this power, on and off-road. A sequential shift mode also allows the driver to select gears manually. Even at very low speeds, such as trail driving, the transmission operates smoothly and imperceptibly. The LX 570's transfer case provides full-time four-wheel drive that is equally adept at handling the rigors of slippery winter weather, mud or snow. The system uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking centre differential with front to rear variable torque distribution, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.

Four-wheel Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps maintain directional control during cornering and can be disengaged via the "VSC off" switch. The updated Crawl Control or off road cruise control feature has been upgraded, increasing the number of preset speeds from three to five steps, for greater off-road control.

The new Turn Assist feature tightens the turning circle by adding more brake force to the inside rear wheel.

The new Multi-terrain Select function allows you to optimise vehicle performance by choosing from five types of terrain - including rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock, and mud and sand - delivering the ideal combination of stability and traction control assistance over different surfaces.

Chassis/body/suspension/tyres/brakes

The Lexus LX 570's highly capable chassis is equipped with an advanced suspension system.

The high-mount, independent double-wishbone front suspension allows for 230 mm of total front wheel travel for outstanding articulation over rough roads and obstacles. The four-link trailing-arm rear suspension retains the solid-axle configuration for strength and durability.

Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in challenging driving conditions, plus impressive ride isolation characteristics and a 3,500 kg towing capability^.

The Active Height Control (AHC) system lowers the chassis for easy entry and exit and returns automatically to its normal height when the vehicle begins to accelerate.

For improved aerodynamics and on-road stability, the AHC system also lowers the vehicle when travelling at higher speeds.

When the transfer case is shifted into low range and during crawl control, AHC raises the vehicle to provide additional ride height in driving situations where chassis clearance is at a premium.

The hydro-pneumatic Adaptive Variable Suspension system provides three modes to control the spring rate and shock absorber damping force to provide optimal handling and comfort for on-road or trail driving.

Comfort mode provides a softer response on extremely bumpy roads, while the Normal and Sport modes help provide increasingly greater levels of control for driving a heavily loaded vehicle, at higher speeds on paved roads, or on unpaved roads.

The new design standard split five-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels wear 285/50R20 tyres.

The multi-terrain ABS system determines road-surface conditions and automatically selects the suitable level of ABS control for on and off-road driving surfaces.

Standard safety/security features

The LX 570 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including driver and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags in the outboard seating positions, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that cover all three rows. All eight seating positions feature three-point seatbelts. The second-row seatbelts integrate pre-tensioners for the outboard seats and an ALR/ELR (Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelt for all three second row passengers.

The Lexus LX 570 also features Active Front Headrests which move upward and forward in the event of certain low speed rear-end collisions when the force of the occupant's body is applied to the seat back.

The LX 570 safety suite also features the availability of an advanced radar-based Pre-Collision System** with radar Active Cruise Contro**.

Exterior visibility is further enhanced with a Multi-terrain monitor#, featuring a greater number of exterior cameras. Cameras include Wide-view Front and Side Cameras, located on both driver and passenger sides, a feature designed for use in tight settings such as parking stations and to aid in low-speed off-road driving. With cameras located within the front grille and under the passenger and driver outside mirror, the driver can check hard-to-view areas by simply pressing a button on the dashboard and viewing the camera images on the standard navigation system screen. The Wide-view Front and Side Camera functions up to a vehicle speed of 12 km/h and can display the front and passenger side view simultaneously in split-screen mode.

Luxury/comfort/convenience

A full array of standard luxury amenities includes four-zone independent climate control, a reversing camera^^ (with guide assist), Lexus Navigation System@ and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio with 450-watts maximum power and 16 channels. The system also features iPod"/USB connectivity+.

Lexus LX 570 will also offer dual rear seat entertainment screens mounted behind the front seat head restraints.

The standard power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and back 45 mm for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. The second-row seatbacks provide a convenient 40/20/40 split. The second row seat is specially engineered to make tumbling it forward easy. A power retractable third-row seat is standard.

The split rear tailgate features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

Stay tuned to Next Car for further details on the Australian release of the Lexus LX 570.


Note:
Information in this news article is based on pre-production models for North America and may be subject to change.
**Features available when enhancement pack is specified.
*** Turn Assist and Multi-terrain Monitor are designed as a driver assistance device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.
^Towing capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar design, vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
# The Multi-Terrain Monitor does not provide a comprehensive view of the area surrounding the vehicle, it is designed as a driver assistance device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices.
^^Reversing camera is designed as a driver assistance device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.
@Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks as well as offering some coverage in regional areas.
" iPod is a trademark of Apple, Inc.
+ Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.


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