Arriving at local dealerships early next month, the 2013 Lexus LX 570 wears its makeover well with greatly improved styling, a carefully enhanced interior, state-of-the-art technology and unexpected off-road versatility.
“With all of the enhanced features, the LX 570 offers perhaps the most exciting combination of luxury, on-road smoothness and off-road performance of any vehicle in its segment,” said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager, Lexus Division.
The smarter look comes partly from fresh LED daytime lights accenting a new headlamp treatment with larger fog lamp bezels. The rear lighting cluster has also been updated, along with the license plate surround while the hitch has been better integrated into the overall appearance. Front and rear bumpers have a new chrome accent and turn signals were added to the sideview mirrors.
The LX 570 comes with a bodacious, load-hauling 5.7-liter V8, quad cam, 32-valve engine with dual (VVT-i). At 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque it will perform demanding tasks in the lap of luxury.
The new Crawl Control provides unexcelled throttle and brake modification when negotiating rough, convoluted surfaces. A fresh Turn Assist tightens cornering by adding brakes to the inside rear wheel, while an added Multi-terrain selector also allows drivers to customize performance to the terrain before them.
The 2013 Lexus LX 570 gets the greatly improved Lexus Enform, a color TFT display, improved seat cooling up front, a new power outlet in the second row plus new trims and accents, of course.
The navigator is displayed on a new high-resolution display with resident apps, providing mobile phone connectivity to a new level of information and entertainment management.
Owners can access Bing and other voice-activated apps to make reservations with OpenTable, schedule movie outings via MovieTickets.com or surf radio services with Pandora or iHeartRadio.
LX owners can also check-in on Facebook and look for restaurant or business reviews on Yelp. With SiriusXM data services, you can get updates on stocks, traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. Enform works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
The optional Luxury Package ($ 1,510) includes a cooler box, semi-aniline leather-upholstery, contrasting stitching, heated steering wheel, mahogany-trimmed door switch plates, center armrest cover, climate controlled front seats and heated second-row window seats.
The new LX 570 also provides an available rear-seat entertainment system with two display screens, wireless headphones and a three-pronged electrical outlet for $ 2,005. This allows two input sources to be used simultaneously, for example, one for a DVD player with the other running a game or audio player.
For that amount of cash, you gain a revamped exterior, which includes Lexus’ new corporate grille, revised headlamps with LED daytime running lights, updated taillights, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The 5.7-liter V-8 carries over from last year’s model, and still offers the same 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque. Lexus did, however, update the Crawl Control feature, which is intended to provide optimum throttle and brake modulation over rough, uneven surfaces. A new Multi-Terrain Select feature allows drivers to choose between five terrain settings, while the new Turn Assist function can tighten the vehicle’s turning circle by increasing brake force on the inside rear wheel.
Also included is a new multimedia system, available with Lexus’ Enform Application Suite. Drivers can connect their mobile phone to Enform to search the web, make restaurant reservations by voice command, check-in on Facebook, or purchase movie tickets online. Internet radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio are also accessible through Enform.
An optional Luxury package is available for the LX, and is priced at $ 1510. The package includes a cool box for beverages, semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery, mahogany door trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a Smart Access card key. A dual screen rear-seat entertainment system is also available, which costs $ 2005, and comes with wireless headphones, rear three-prong electrical outlet, and dual-source playback capability.