Lexus LX now with added finesse

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 18, 2015

With its Land Cruiser 200 sibling having been the recipient of a mid-life facelift, Toyota’s luxury division Lexus has taken the opportunity to introduce a number of changes to its flagship LX SUV.

Based on the same underpinnings as the Land Cruiser, albeit with the application of Lexus’ L-fineness styling language, the updated LX also sees the Nagoya based manufacturer introducing a turbodiesel engine for first time in its local line-up.

Taking a number of styling from the smaller NX, exterior changes include a wider chromed trapezoidal grille, redesigned xenon LED headlights with auto High Beam assist, bi-tone 20-inch alloy wheels, L-shaped LED daytime running lights, revised front bumper and wider L-shaped taillights.

Changes to the interior are less dramatic with the biggest differences being a new steering wheel, Heads-Up Display system and a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster instead of the previous analogue setup.

Upping its luxury aspirations further, added standard items include heated and ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charger, tyre inflation pressure warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring and the same six-mode Multi Terrain Select four-wheel drive system fitted to the Land Cruiser.

Up front, the LX retains the previous 5.7-litre petrol V8, but now benefits from the addition of the same V8 oil burner used in the Land Cruiser. Displacing 4.5-litres, the powerlant has also been reprogrammed to churn out 195 kW and 650 N.m of torque, instead of the standard 173 kW and 615 N.m. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole option available.

Power for the petrol remains unchanged with the bend eight still producing 270 kW and 530 N. of torque, and driving all four-wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A four year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard on both models. 

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
LX 450d 195 kW / 650 N.m R1 393 000
LX 570 270 kW / 530 N.m R1 453 100