Lexus Gives 2016 LX 570 New Face, 8-Speed Auto

2016 Lexus LX 570 SUV gets a refresh for the 2016 model year

Lexus has unveiled the face lifted 2016 LX 570 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the manufacturer sees the classic car show as “the ideal venue to introduce a flagship premier luxury sport-utility.”

For 2016, the Lexus LX 570 has received a significant exterior update, a new 8-speed automatic transmission, plus more safety and infotainment features. Styling-wise, the 2016 LX 570 gets a bolder rendition of the brand’s massive spindle grille, new standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights, as well as a new look for the taillights and rear bumper. Also new are the 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels. As a matter of fact, Lexus says only the door panels are carried over from the 2015 model.

The interior has also received some updates, including new wood trim selections, a new three-spoke steering wheel with wood rim and a new analog clock with LED indicators and GPS functionality for adjusting the time zone. The 8-seat luxury SUV also gets a new standard Climate Concierge feature which adjusts the fans of the four separate climate zones as well as the temperature of the seats and steering wheel.

The center console cool box, formerly part of the Luxury Package, is now a standalone option, while the available Luxury Package adds heated/ventilated middle row seats. Other changes include larger 11.6-inch screens for the available dual screen Rear Seat Entertainment System, new LED ambient lighting as well as USB ports and controls for the air conditioning and audio on the second row of seats.

The most important mechanical update is the addition of a new 8-speed automatic transmission which replaces the former 6-speed unit. Lexus says the new gearbox enhances performance and efficiency. The 2016 LX 570 is also available with the New Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to tailor powertrain and suspension responses by using a dial on the console.

The engine remains the same 5.7-liter V8 unit which delivers 383 hp and 403 lb-ft (546 Nm) of torque. No performance or fuel economy figures were released.