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by George Skentzos

Lexus has launched its luxury SUV based on the new Toyota Landcruiser 200 series – the all-new LX 570.

Available from April 10, the LX 570 features more technological advances, safety inclusions and power than ever before and will be offered in two grades – Prestige and Sports Luxury.

Both models are equipped with a 5.7-litre V8 engine producing 270kW and 530Nm – making it the most powerful Lexus SUV ever.

2008 Lexus LX 570 SUV

Acceleration to 100km/h takes just 7.8 seconds from a standing start – down from 12 seconds on the previous model, with a fuel consumption figure of 14.8 litres/100km.

This is mated to Lexus’ new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission, designed and built for heavy-duty off-road driving with an integrated Crawl Control feature.

2008 Lexus LX 570 SUV

A four-wheel hydro-pneumatic suspension package with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Active Height Control (AHC) delivers substantial reduction in body roll and an increase in ride comfort.

The LX 570 also features Multi-terrain ABS braking system designed to help reduce stopping distances on slippery surfaces.

2008 Lexus LX 570 SUV

Standard passenger safety includes 10 airbags, comprising driver and front-passenger knee airbags, second-row seat-mounted side airbags and full side curtain-shield airbags that extend across all three rows.

Standard luxury equipement includes Park Assist, smart entry and start smart, active cruise control, front and side safety monitors, four-zone, 28-outlet climate control system, a power-sliding second-row seat and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.

2008 Lexus LX 570 SUV

LX 570 will come to market in Prestige and Sports Luxury grades, with a recommended retail price of $136,700 for Prestige and $151,700 for Sports Luxury.