Last week, Lexus announced that it would launch a pair of updated vehicles at Pebble Beach this year, and it has delivered on this promise today. One of the vehicles that it debuted was the long overdue LX 570, Lexus’ flagship SUV.
Since Lexus began with its new design language, the LX has remained the outlier of the group that continued to hang on to the past in terms of styling. Fortunately, the 2015 model year will be the final year for this, as the 2016 LX 570 has an all-new design that matches the rest of Lexus’ lineup perfectly.
Lexus performed striking revisions that touched every part of the large SUV but the door skins. The front end has a new one-piece spindle grille and revised LED headlights, turn signals, and fog lights. On the rear, the updated LX 570 features new LED taillights and an all-new bumper. While those all sound like minor touchups on paper, the images show that the updates significantly change the attitude of the LX.
To help drive the new design home, Lexus went a little further and redesigned the LX 570’s 20- and 21-inch wheels.
The exterior isn’t the only area that Lexus touched with this redesign, as the interior received some updates as well. The most significant upgrades in here include a new multimedia system with a 12.3-inch screen and remote touch interface, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, panoramic-view camera, heads-up display, wood-trimmed steering wheel, LED ambient lighting, touch-sensor overhead lighting, and manual second-row sun shades.
The cabin also has a few new optional upgrades, including ventilated and heated seats with the Luxury Package, wireless charging, 11.6-inch screens for the rear-seat entertainment system, Lexus Enform Remote, and Lexus Enform Service Connect.
Safety is always of the utmost concern in family vehicles like this, and Lexus took the LX even further with more advanced safety features for 2016. These include the Lexus Safety System+ and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Under the hood, things carry over unchanged, as the LX 570 is equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. What is new in the drivetrain for 2016 is the addition of Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to dial in the drivetrain and suspension for various conditions, and an all-new eight-speed transmission in place of the outdated six-speed unit.
Lexus didn’t reveal pricing details or a release date for the 2016 LX 570, but it should arrive before winter 2015 at a slight price increase over the 2015 model.