The new-look Lexus LX570 now kicks off from $140,500, which is $5800 more than the previous version. But, as mentioned, there's a load more kit for the cash.
First off, the 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine producing 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque remains, but this time around it's teamed with an eight-speed automatic gearbox rather than a six-speed unit. That helps drop the fuel use a little, from 14.8 litres per 100 kilometres to 14.4L/100km. The fuel tank remains at 138L in capacity.
To ensure that the engine is operating at the best setting for the situation, the LX now gets a Drive Mode Select system, which has six options to choose from: Comfort, Eco, Normal, Customize, Sport and Sport+. Customize allows the driver to set individual aspects of the car's behaviour including the suspension (adaptive variable suspension), engine and gearbox.
As well as adaptive dampers, the LX has height adjustable suspension that lowers itself for easy entry and exit using the Active Height Control. And while there are 20-inch wheels standard, 21s are also available as part of the Enhancement Pack.
Safety is a strong point for the LX570, with 10 airbags standard (dual front, dual front knee, front side, rear side, full-length curtains), and front, side and reverse-view cameras which combine to offer a surround view. Further, the Lexus Safety System+ is standard, with pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and active high-beam lights.
Further safety inclusions consists of a tyre pressure monitoring system, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The interior sees some major differences including an updated media system with a large 12.3-inch screen and Lexus' remote touch interface, while the driver information screen is bigger now, too (4.2-inch). The standard rear-seat entertainment screens are also larger (now 11.6-inch), and the driver gets a head-up display projected onto the windscreen.
Lexus is offering owners a years' worth of Enform Remote access to monitor their car from their smart device to check on when it needs to be serviced, lock/unlock the doors, start/stop the engine and adjust the climate control. That Enform system has an on-board aspect, too, in that it can call emergency services in the event of an accident. And for those who own a Qi phone case, there's an inductive charge plate in the centre console.
The aforementioned Enhancement Pack gets those 21s, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated/ventilated outboard second-row seats, and it adds $12,692 (before LCT) to the price.
Boat or caravan owners (with plenty to spare on fuel!) will be happy to know the LX570 can haul up to 3.5 tonnes.
Stay tuned for our review of the 2016 Lexus LX570 in the coming weeks.
2016 Lexus LX570 pricing (plus on-road costs):
Lexus LX570 - $140,500