Mike Stevens | Dec 16, 2011

The goliathan Lexus LX SUV has been on the market for nearly five years now, and according to reports out of the US this week, its first styling update is due for an unveiling in Detroit next month.

Speaking with US website Autoblog, Lexus spokesperson Bill Kwong reportedly confirmed updates to the LX's front and rear styling, along with a handful of "slight updates" to the big wagon's sheet metal.

The cabin is likely to remain largely unchanged, sticking with the usual trim, colour and standard-fit feature updates.

Word of an update to the LX comes after leaked Toyota brochure pages earlier this month pointed to a possible update for the Lexus' downstream twin, the 200 Series LandCruiser.

In Australia, the LX was last updated in early 2010, when it gained a handful of new standard features, an upgraded navigation system and, in the case of the Sports Luxury, new 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

The LX hasn't been a huge seller in Australia, but it's fair to describe the big luxo barge as a somewhat niche concept, with a dash of gangster cool thrown in for good measure. We imagine the 115 buyers so far this year would agree.

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