Lexus boosts SUV com­fort

Geraldton Guardian - - MOTORING - Ewan Kennedy

Lexus has in­tro­duced an up-mar­ket ver­sion of its large LX 570 SUV.

Tagged the 570 S, it has a sports mesh pat­tern for the spin­dle grille, styled front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and rides on gloss black 21inch forged al­loy wheels.

The LX 570 S is of­fered with two ex­te­rior colours: Sonic Quartz and Starlight Black.

Cour­tesy lamps in the ex­te­rior mir­rors project “LX S” brand­ing on the ground.

In­side, there’s trim in semi­an­i­line per­fo­rated leather that's of­fered in black or, ex­clu­sively for the “S”, a rich bur­gundy colour named Gar­net.

Shi­mamoku Grey or­na­men­ta­tion is also unique to the LX 570 S.

Com­fort has long been a big fea­ture of this Toy­ota LandCruis­er­based SUV and is fur­ther im­proved with a heated steer­ing wheel, and ven­ti­la­tion and heat­ing for the front and out­board sec­ond-row seats.

Lexus tells us al­loy ped­als “add to the sporty de­sign aes­thetic.”

Not sure we see the large Lexus as be­ing a sport­ing model, though.

How­ever, on the sus­pen­sion front, the big wagon has front and rear per­for­mance dampers to im­prove body rigid­ity and steer­ing sta­bil­ity.

We’ve yet to drive one but will do so and comment on this.

In­fo­tain­ment in the Lexus LX 570 S op­er­ates though a 12.3-inch high­def­i­ni­tion screen.

The Lexus Safety Sys­tem +

in­cor­po­rates a pre-col­li­sion safety sys­tem with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, radar ac­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, adap­tive high­beam sys­tem, head-up dis­play, blind-spot mon­i­tor and rear crosstraf­fic alert.

Other stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes a re­vers­ing cam­era with an al­most 180-de­gree field of view, four-cam­era multi-ter­rain mon­i­tor and panoramic view mon­i­tor.

Power comes from a 5.7-litre V8 engine with 270kW/530Nm driv­ing all four wheels through an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The big Lexus is ca­pa­ble of tow­ing up to 3500kg (braked).

The Lexus LX 570 S is priced at

$168,089, a $6500 pre­mium over the model on which it is based, the LX

570 with En­hance­ment Pack.

A sports mesh grille is a fea­ture of the 2018 Lexus LX 570 S. Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

In­fo­tain­ment S op­er­ates though a 12.3-inch high-def­i­ni­tion screen.

The big Lexus is ca­pa­ble of tow­ing up to 3500kg (braked).

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