2018 Lexus LX 570s
Lexus has introduced an upmarket 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 bumper, side skirts and rides on gloss black 21-inch 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 semi-aniline 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.

2018 Lexus LX 570s

Comfort has long been a big feature of this Toyota LandCruiser based 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 make our comment on this.

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

The Lexus Safety System + incorporates a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, radar active cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive high-beam system, head-up display, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

2018 Lexus LX 570s

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 eight-speed automatic transmission.

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

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.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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