Although we spent most of our time drooling over the Lexus IS-F, we did make time for another new addition in the Lexus lineup, the all-new LX 570 luxury off-roader.
Set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2008, the third-generation LX will replace the popular LX 470 and bring along more safety features, driving aides and significantly more performance.
Powered by a massive 5.7-litre V8 engine, (estimated at 270kW), the new model will provide 100kW more power than its predecessor. It is also equipped with Lexus’ latest in ABS technology, helping reduce stopping distances on slippery surfaces such as sand or gravel.
“…LX 570 has been designed to offer off-road capabilities that are second-to-none, combined with all the comfort and convenience that Lexus is renowned for, it features more safety, technological and driver assistance features than ever before – highlighted by its sophisticated suspension package and powerful engine.” Lexus chief executive John Roca
Safety upgrade are aplenty for the LX 570, it will be the first Lexus vehicle to offer a new Wide-view Front and Side Monitor system which allows drivers to examine the front and passenger side of the vehicle to avoid potential objects.
Additionally the Lexus will come with 10 airbags as standard, a new Crawl Control system (same as the new LandCruiser 200 series) that will assist in manoeuvring over rough or difficult surfaces at low speeds.
Don’t for a second think this is another city SUV, this is Lexus’ answer to a true Luxury off-roader – this is the LandCruiser for Lexus. The LX 570 comes with Four-wheel Electro-Hydraulic Suspension with Adaptive Variable Suspension and Active Height Control (AHC).
That all sounds rather complicated, but together, the car’s computers and equipment will ensure the vehicle is able to make its way through difficult terrain. For example the AHC system will lower and raise the car to ensure that there is always a tyre in contact with the road surface.
More details and pricing will be available early next year and CarAdvice will bring you a full road test when the vehicle lands.