2016 Lexus LX570 – video review

Lexus best-seller gets even better – and bolder!

By Shahzad Sheikh

2016 Lexus LX570

For 2016 the Lexus LX570 gets a very comprehensive overhaul, one that sees it getting bolder and more confident about its identity as a Lexus rather than a rebadged Toyota. Understandably so, considering that in the Middle East, the LX is the number-one selling model for Lexus (no not the LS as you, and even I, might have thought).

Here’s a video from the launch of the car in Dubai a few months ago in which we highlighted the key changes. Click below to play.

Essentially the core qualities of the LX model – and everything that traditional customers of the nameplate hold dear – remain intact. Click below to watch our full review.

This is still a tough, durable and reliable full-sized SUV. It’s spacious and strong, and very adept when it comes to off-roading. It’s not quite as go-anywhere as a Land Cruiser, but it’s close, and it comes with all the kit for going into the sand, including crawl control, locking diffs and even a feature that will pull it round 180 degrees in a much tighter radius.

2016 Lexus LX570

At the same time it gets a much bolder Lexus grille (what they call the spindle grille, but I liken more to a ‘Predator’ grille) giving it a lot more aggression and road presence – everybody jumps out of the way of this thing on the motorway!

2016 Lexus LX570

Inside is where most of the new goodness is though. It’s a far more car-like interior, comfort levels are improved, refinement and quietness have advanced and there are lots of features borrowed from the saloons such as the LS including ‘Climate Concierge’ which is a very clever form of air-con that automatically adjusts the temperate in each zone for each individual passenger.

2016 Lexus LX570

Verdict

If you liked the previous LX570, then you’ll love this because it’s exactly like that car but even better. If you own a Land Cruiser and are looking to step up to more luxury, then there is probably nowhere else you’d be more comfortable. Lexus has taken its existing already-great product and made it more refined and added a ton of new features.

2016 Lexus LX570

Do you sense a ‘however’? Yeah, perhaps there is one. The problem is not with this car, but that there’s a raft of all-new high-end SUVs coming out at the moment, from the likes of Volvo and Audi, which don’t just build on an existing theme, but actually take the game forward. It could be argued that Lexus needs to do the same with a genuinely ‘all-new’ version of the LS. Just as it has done with the fantastic new RX (review here).

Having said that, why mess with a formula that’s already working extremely well?

2016 Lexus LX570 – The Specs

Prices:
Premier
 AED385,000 ($105k)
Prestige AED425,000 ($116k)
Platinum AED450,000 ($123k)
Engine: 5.7-litre V8, 383bhp @ 5600rpm, 248lb ft @ 3600rpm
Performance: 7.8secs 0-100kph (est), 221kph, 15.7L/100
Transmission: Eight-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Weight: 2722kg

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