2016 Lexus LX570 launched

New flagship SUV from Lexus introduced in its biggest market

By Shahzad Sheikh

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

Yesterday saw the launch of the latest edition of the flagship SUV form Toyota’s luxury wing – the 2016 Lexus LX570. Watch our quick video walkaround of the new LX by clicking below now.

The Lexus ‘spindle’ grille was first introduced to the big LX in 2008, but it was a slightly half-hearted affair using just the outline but with the same amount of grille opening. Not this time, though, that massive cheese grater upfront is a bold and very strong statement, and sets this LX very much apart from its Land Cruiser cousin.

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

Also at the front are triple full LED headlights and sequential indicators. Whilst the Lexus ‘Predator’ look is obvious at the front, the rear gets a more subtle treatment, but the L-shaped taillights certainly give it a more distinct look. It’s said to be 6cm longer and for the first time 21-inch alloy wheels are available on the top spec Platinum edition.

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

The Platinum edition is priced at AED450,000, the Prestige with 20-inch rims is AED425k and the Premier with the 18-inch wheels comes in at AED385k. There’s 7 colours available including two new finishes, Sonic Titanium and Deep Blue MC.

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

Under the bonnet is the familiar 5.7-litre V8 with 362bhp, now mated to a new 8-speed transmission. It also gets variable ratio steering (based on speed) and Drive Mode Select adjusts the steering and suspension and in Eco mode, the A/C too. These even a customisable mode.

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

There’s also height-adjusting suspension, crawl control for off-roading and of course Multi-terrain select switch. And of course you get the dual fuel tank for long range (93-litre plus 45-litre for a total of 138-litres).

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

Inside Lexus promises real materials in its new horizontal more car-like styling (very different from the Land Cruiser’s blocky and more upright appearance) including exotic Shimamoto wood trim. Lexus cars love buttons and there are tons in here, but also the now familiar mouse-type controller for the massive 12.3-inch multi-media display.

2016 Lexus LX570 launched

There’s heads-up display, plus active cruise control and larger 4.2-inch instrument display. This car also gets the ‘Climate Concierge’ system introduce on a LS which adjusts the climate to suit each individual passenger. There’s also a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and rear passengers get large 11.6-inch individual screens.

Stay tuned for a full review soon on MotoringME.com.

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