Until now, Lexus had yet to apply its new angular corporate design language to the aging LX 570 SUV. Today the automaker pulled the wraps off the 2016 LX 570 ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, revealing its more aggressive exterior and releasing details on its updated powertrain before it goes on sale this October.
The most obvious changes have happened out front with the addition of Lexus’ one-piece spindle grille, which is framed by chrome trim and flanked by new LED headlights and turn signals. There’s also new taillights, a new rear bumper and all-new fog lamps.
Lexus’ 383 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine returns in the 2016 LX 570, however it’s expected to provide greater fuel economy returns thanks to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is also joined by a new Drive Mode Select system, allowing the driver to adjust the throttle and suspension calibration for different driving characteristics. Drivers can choose from Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes.
More standard safety features are also offered on the 2016 LX 570 when compared to the outgoing model. The standard Lexus Safety System+ adds a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beam head lights and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. A new 12.3-inch multimedia interface is also present, supporting the standard Panoramic View Monitor and Climate Concierge features.
Lexus says the 2016 LX 570’s 7,000 lb towing capability makes it the perfect car for hauling a freshly acquired classic car home from Pebble Beach. It won’t hit U.S. dealers until the fourth quarter of this year, though, so you’ll have to wait until next year’s edition of the show to make it your tow vehicle of choice.