2018 Lexus LX 570 S

BOLD. That’s how we’d describe the new S version of the Lexus LX 570, the brand’s flagship SUV. It’s had a rather funky make over that includes not only a new look, but improved handling as well.

The new Lexus LX 570 S is equipped with a body kit, large new alloy wheels, front performance damper, semi-aniline leather-accented trim, alloy pedals and other features exclusive to the new variant.

Exterior enhancements include aggressively styled front and rear bumper skirts, gloss black 21-inch forged alloy wheels and an exclusive sports mesh pattern for the signature spindle grille.

The power and aesthetics highlighted by these upgrades are complemented by a front performance damper that improves body rigidity and steering stability. Oh and it comes in just two colours –┬áSonic Quartz and Starlight Black.

Inside, the new variant’s luxury semi-aniline perforated leather trim is available in Black or, exclusively for this variant, a rich burgundy colour named Garnet. Shimamoku Grey ornamentation is also unique to the LX 570 S.

Alloy pedals add to the sporty design aesthetic while other features include courtesy lamps in the exterior mirrors that project “LX S” branding on the ground and a LX 570 S badge on the rear.

As the premier variant of the LX 570 range, the new model offers an impressive list of technology, safety and luxury features.

The Lexus Safety System + incorporates a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, radar active cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive high-beam system, head-up display, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Other standard equipment includes a reversing camera with an almost 180-degree field of view, 10 airbags, four-camera multi-terrain monitor and panoramic view monitor, heated steering wheel, and ventilation and heating for the front and outboard second-row seats.

The LX 570 S also has a 12.3-inch high-definition screen, satellite navigation, and four-zone climate control air conditioning with climate concierge function and nanoe technology.

Power comes from a 5.7-litre V8 engine with 270kW/530Nm outputs and eight-speed automatic transmission, capable of towing up to 3,500kg (braked). The vehicle can carry 138 litres of fuel with 93-litre main and 45-litre sub tanks.

The LX 570 S is priced at $168,089 plus on roads.

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