2016 Lexus LX 570 Front Three Quarter 02
Gauche and gaudy are haute and abundant for one special week each year on the Monterey Peninsula, and this year, Lexus got in on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance prelude festivities with the launch of its new 2016 Lexus LX 570 luxury SUV. Heavily revamped, but still bearing the same engine as before, the LX 570 has some interesting new abilities and features. We spoke with Lexus executives to highlight some of the best of the new feature set, from performance to infotainment and more. 5. Off-road ability. Despite its city-living looks, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is built to tame the back country, too, with 9 inches of wheel travel, a five-mode off-road traction control system, and full-time four-wheel drive with a locking center diff just a few highlights from the list of off-road tech onboard.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Steering Wheel
4. Technology. A new 12.3-inch central display (controlled by the Remote Touch haptic interface), available 11.6-inch rear-seat displays, a panoramic overhead-view camera system, USB ports in the first and second rows, and the Enform suite of remote access and control abilities make for a high-tech luxury bruiser. And that’s before you even get to the hydraulically controlled ride height and leveling system.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Interior
3. The clock. There’s an analog clock in the face of the dashboard, and while it might look like any other fancy timepiece, this clock is set in a housing made from a single ingot of aluminum, and it updates the time based on your GPS coordinates, changing time zones on the fly. 2. Performance. The 5.7-liter V-8 engine is the same as in the previous LX, but paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission, it enables the LX to hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than last year) while improving 1 mpg in the EPA’s combined rating to 15 mpg.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Side Profile
1. Market. The U.S. is the home of the SUV, but the LX 570’s strongest sales happen in the Middle East, where the luxurious beast is often chucked over dunes with the sort of abandon only a warehouse full of cash can bring — and that means we get all of the beefy underpinnings that sort of use requires.