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2016 Lexus LX 570 gets safety updates a new look and more

Lexus largest SUV makes a leap forward in technology.

The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is the full-sized, body-on frame luxury on-off roader in the company’s portfolio. Although its sales are dwarfed by the RX 350 crossover, the LX 570 has a loyal following among those that want the famed Lexus reliability and ownership experience in a vehicle that can go anywhere, and tow practically anything while carrying eight passengers.

For 2016 Lexus updates the LX 570 significantly. First, the LX gets a new front grill sporting the latest iteration of the hugely successful spindle design. Lexus calls it a “one-piece spindle.” Only they know what that means. Customers just like the look. The body is all new except the door panels. Lighting, wheels and the rear of the vehicle are also given a make-over.

The drivetrain is also updated with a new eight-speed transmission. The 2016 LX 570 also gets Drive Mode Select. This allows the drir to choose between Eco, Sport, and Comfort modes depending upon the terrain. Lexus 5.7-liter V8 engine makes 383 hp and tops the 400 lb-ft mark in torque. The LX 570 can tow 7,000 pounds. Just for comparison purposes, that is about the same rating as a Chevy Colorado with the new Duramax diesel engine.

Safety is enhanced with Lexus new Safety System+ which features forward collision prevention with automated braking. Every vehicle this size and type should have this technology. It protects the occupants from harm and also from litigation. All the other expected safety technologies are bundled in as well such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring. A head-up display is now available as well.

The 2016 LX 570 will have a starting price in the mid- $80K range. It goes on sale this summer.