Although best known for its display of classic automobiles, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance also plays host to the launch of some high-end new models.
This year one of those introductions is the heavily updated Lexus LX 570. Pebble Beach purists, you may scoff at will.
Despite being an update to the existing LX, the new LX 570 is so heavily renewed that the doors and roof are the only carry-over panels.
Up front is a new, and massive interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille. It is joined by new LED headlamps, hockey-stick foglamps, and topped by a new, heavily straked bonnet.
Integrated side steps, and low profile roof rails run along the body sides and lead to a new rear quarter panel stamping, featuring a more dynamic, kinked D-pillar.
A new tailgate features slimmer LED taillamps, and retains the previous models two-piece design.
Under the bonnet beats a lightly updated 5.7 litre quad cam V8, producing 285kW at 5600rpm and 546Nm at 3600rpm - an extra 15kW and 16Nm over the outgoing version.
An eight-speed automatic transmission takes the place of the previous six-speed auto. New Drive Mode Select, as seen on the rest of the Lexus range, gives control over gearbox, throttle, and suspension settings.
Inside, a newly-designed dash plays host to a 12.3-inch colour display screen, controlled via a mouse-like Remote Touch Interface. Satellite navigation, four-zone climate control, digital radio, and a panoramic around-view camera system are also standard.
An optional 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available, as is a heated and cooled second row. Optional rear entertainment screens grow from 7.0 inches to a massive 11.3 inches.
There’s also a new three-spoke steering wheel, new 20 and 21-inch alloy wheels, a simplified climate control interface, and an analog clock that sits in a housing milled from a single piece of aluminum.
New standard safety includes pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high beam, and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control. That’s as well as blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
Away from civilisation, the LX 570 promises to lose none of the off-road prowess of the Toyota Land Cruiser it is based on. A Multi-Terrain Select allows driver selectable Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand modes, in conjunction with the standard low-range transfer case.
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