RIDE QUALITY SUPERB
Heavyweight Lexus LX 570 needs to be treated with respect, writes CHRIS RILEY
WE DROVE one of these big Lexus 4WDs to Byron Bay and back a couple of years ago.
The big eight-seat off road wagon is great for a trip but we go weak at the knees when V8s large 4WDs are mentioned in the same sentence.
I’m glad weren’t footing fuel bill because our 2000km would not have been cheap — 13.2 litres per 100km that we were getting.
Fortunately new Lexus LX 570, which has just the subject of a major overhaul, is more fuel efficient, thanks mainly to a eight-speed tranny.
But before you start cheering, improvement only 333333 per cent.
Just about everything is new, except the underlying car — the roof and doors carry over. The styling is confronting on big fourbie signature “spindle” grille looks gigantic like car slammed into a Dalek.
It’s the same 5.7-litre V8 with 270kW and 530Nm of grunt, but the eight-speed tranny is a big improvement on previous sixspeed.
Fuel consumption claimed 14.4L/100km but it prefers 98 unleaded.
With a 138-litre capacity a fill from dead empty will be $170, at least at $1.24.7 per litre (cheapest price time of writing).
Drive goes to all four wheels through a full time 4x4 system with a torsen, mechanical centre diff.
The number of drive modes has been expanded from three five and includes custom mode.
Sport+ powers up the engine, as well as altering settings for steering stability control.
Variable hydro-pneumatic suspension minimises body roll and optimises ride comfort. Braked towing capacity remains 3500kg.
There’s one model priced from $140,500, with $16,500 option pack — an increase of $6190.
The wood grain has been dialled back, dash completely redesigned with a 12.3-inch computer screen slotted in but sadly it’s not touchscreen.
view from the driver’s seat redefines term “command driving position” with sweeping views of the road and army knobs, buttons
switches that control every aspect of the car.
New items include LED headlights, automatic high beam, heads up display, larger DVD screens, wireless charging and apps work with your smartphone.
The new LX has 10 airbags and comes plenty of safety systems — lane departure warning, adaptive high beam, head-up display, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert tyre pressure warning system.
There’s no getting away from the fact LX 570 is a heavyweight, at close to three tonnes, and as such needs be treated with respect.
You can put it in Sport+ tighten up the steering but its weight high centre of gravity will tell against it in end. Take a turn too quickly and feels awkward because all that wants to keep going straight ahead — a thing called understeer.
it easy, put it in comfort mode and you’ll find life more relaxing, enjoying the scenery from ahigh.
The ride quality is superb for a large 4WD, even if you venture off the bitumen.
In fact, this car has few peers road, apart donor Landcruiser that a little more ground clearance.
Things like Crawl Control take all the pain out of the process, guiding the car over difficult terrain at super low speeds, without need for any throttle or brake intervention.
There’s even a nifty switch that gets you around tight turns by locking the inner rear wheel and letting car turn on its own axis.
Not to mention four cameras help see what you’re doing.
The thing is hardly anyone takes these off road.
It’s more about towing things like horse floats and large power boats. But a diesel?
the perennial question. Why build huge 4WD then stick V8 in it?
The Landcruiser on which it’s based gets a diesel, so why not the LX 570?
short answer is that one is available and sold in other countries, but Lexus says it can’t get car with the high level of trim it believes it
its customers want. At same time, the large 4WD market is a market dominated by diesel.