2016 Lexus LX 570 Redesign and Release
The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is due to make its debut in early 2016 as a completely redesigned model. The current generation has been around since 2007, receiving several mild facelifts. These changes have been focused mainly on the vehicle’s front fascia and light clusters, as well as certain technological updates. As for the 2016 Lexus LX 570, it is expected to come with significant structural changes and new exterior design.
Apart from the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX80 models, the LX 570 is actually the only surviving full-size 8-seater SUV currently on the market. These massive and robust vehicles require a powerful engine under their hoods, which results in poor fuel economy. However, even the luxury SUV segment has been under a lot of pressure lately to improve fuel efficiency numbers. Buyers are no longer satisfied with luxurious and spacious models if they don’t offer decent fuel economy as well.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Changes
Toyota has recently unveiled several redesigned SUV and pickup truck models. These new models have undergone substantial improvements, especially when it comes to exterior styling and fuel efficiency. Many of them have also adopted new platforms and modern lightweight components. By reducing the overall weight, designers have managed to boost performance and efficiency of these latest models to a large degree. This formula is expected to be applied in the upcoming 2016 Lexus LX 570.
Being a heavyweight vehicle (in excess of 3 tons) the LX 570 naturally needs a mighty powerplant to propel it. The current model is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 rated at 12/17 mpg (city/highway), generating 383 horsepower. It is paired with an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission and AWD. Of course, its biggest downside is a quite poor fuel economy. In case the upcoming model receives more aluminum components, we could see a smaller and more efficient unit under its hood.
As mentioned above, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is expected to ride on the new lightweight platform. Apart from boosting fuel efficiency, this new platform will allow more drastic design alterations as well. So, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is expected to follow in the footsteps of the recently redesigned models such as the 2016 Lexus RX, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Toyota Tundra when it comes to exterior styling.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Features
The current model provides excellent off-road abilities thanks to its numerous systems. For instance, the Multi Terrain Select system enables the LX 570 to compete with Jeep and Range Rover models when it comes to off-road driving experience. Anyway, the list of standard equipment offered with this full-size SUV is quite impressive. It includes satellite navigation equipped with an 8-inch touch-screen, Lexus Enform infotainment system as well as Apple’s Siri Eyes Free and Slacker App, among others. The 2016 Lexus LX 570 will also be available with optional amenities such as the Intuitive Park Assist feature with front- and rearview camera that costs $1.000. Those who opt for the Luxury Package will get heated and ventilated seats as well as plenty of leather and wood trim. There will also be Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio system available for extra $2.000. Adding all of these optional features will get you the range-topping version of the 2016 Lexus LX 570 which costs around $90,000, comparable to the fully loaded Cadillac Escalade.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Hybrid
Demand for hybrid-powered models has been rising steadily and Toyota has proven quite successful in this segment. In that regard, we expect the Japanese automaker to launch a hybrid version of the LX 570 model. It is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 450h Hybrid, while we’re eagerly awaiting hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Land Cruiser models. It is very likely that the 2016 Lexus LX 570 Hybrid will be offered with one of these gas-electric systems under its hood.