01 Dec 2015
The New LEXUS LX 570 Is Now Available in Lexus Malaysia!
Lexus Malaysia, a division of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, today introduced for the first time, its final model for the year – the LX 570. Although the model has been in the Lexus range for some time, it was not included in the line-up for the Malaysian market as Lexus Malaysia focused on sedans to establish the brand first. This was then followed by the RX and more recently, the NX, which have proven to be very popular.
With market feedback in Malaysia indicating that large SUVs are now also appreciated, Lexus Malaysia is introducing the LX line and the version imported from Japan is the very latest LX 570 which was officially launched in the USA in August 2015. This latest version, which comes with many new updates and additional features, is only available through Lexus Malaysia.
The new LX 570 has been extensively redesigned on the outside. In fact, other than the door panels, every other area of the bodywork is new. The updates are considered so significant that Lexus chose to introduce the new model at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in California which hosts some the world’s most beautiful classic automobiles.
The newly redesigned exterior portrays ‘powerfulness’, evoking the excellent driving performance of full-fledged SUV while also expressing the luxurious feel, advancement and urban sophistication as a flagship SUV model.
Though the LX 570 is a large vehicle measuring 5 metres in length and almost 2 metres in width, its shape does not convey ‘massiveness’, thanks to the sharper side design. ‘Sleek’ may not seem appropriate for such a vehicle but it still has good aerodynamics to enhance vehicle drivability.
Six exterior colour choices are available and two interior colour themes coordinated with the exterior colour.
While expressing ‘powerfulness’ as a flagship SUV, the cabin also has a clear Lexus Identity that will be evident from certain elements. With this update, the LX 570 gets a triple-linkage multimedia system which integrates the information on the 12.3-inch Centre Display, Head-Up Display and 4.2-inch TFT Colour Display (situated between the speedometer and tachometer).
Comfort and convenience have been given much attention and these aspects are what distinguish a Lexus noticeably from other models. For example, there is an Arm Rest Control Panel provided in the second row which allows control of the ventilated seats and fully-automatic air conditioning system with 4-zone independent temperature control. The system maintains an ideal temperature throughout the cabin with different temperatures adjustable individually.
The LX 570 is powered by the 3UR-FE engine which, at 5.7 litres, is the largest engine in the Lexus range. It has a V8 configuration with advanced Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i). The engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, is tuned to make maximum use of the displacement with a strong flat torque characteristic from low speeds. At its peak output, the engine generates 362 hp with 530 Nm of torque and can accelerate the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.7 seconds.
A new feature of the drivetrain is the Integrated Drive Mode which manages the powertrain, chassis elements and air conditioning for optimum performance in different conditions. The LX 570 uses a robust transfer case to provide full-time 4-wheel drive. The system uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking centre differential to distribute power 40:60 front-to-rear, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.
As more and more vehicles appear on roads all over the world, driving safety is an increasing concern to carmakers. For Lexus, the approach taken is to use advanced technologies that can help prevent accidents and the latest LX 570 comes with various safety systems.
Even in off-road conditions, Lexus provides a technologically advanced solution to improve driving safety in the form of a Multi-Terrain Monitor. The monitor is a driving support system that displays the images of areas around the vehicle when traveling at low speeds and as a perimeter safety confirmation. Besides being able to see all sides of the vehicle, there is also one unique view that is not usually available on such systems - an underfloor view which will surely be helpful for avoiding holes and rocks.
As with an increasing number of Lexus models, the latest LX 570 comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), a system which alerts the driver to vehicles approaching at the rear of the vehicle with an audible alert as well as flashing indicators on the vehicle’s external side mirrors. RCTA works with the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) system which employs a quasi-millimetre wave radar on the back of the vehicle. The system can detect a vehicle present in adjacent lanes and can also detect an object at the rear of the vehicle as it is reversing.
Complementing the RCTA and BSM is a reverse camera which provides a view of the area around the back of the vehicle. Besides enabling the driver to see any hazards or even small children, the reverse camera view also has graphics which help the driver to park the vehicle more easily.