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We take a drive in the new 2016 Lexus LX

2016 Lexus LX

By Franky Johnson

The new Lexus LX matches your gaze and meets it head-on with an aggressive and distinctly bold front design. A large trapezoidal front grille forms the main focal point, featuring solid horizontal bars and a prominent Lexus insignia in the centre.

The newly sculpted headlamps utilise triple LED 'cylinders' which not only make a powerful visual statement, but also provide superb illumination and low energy consumption. Characteristic L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) enhance on-road visibility whilst the Auto High Beam function assists the driver when driving at night. LED technology is also adopted for the turn, fog - and cornering lamps, creating a high-tech feel.

Visually arresting bi-tone 20-inch alloy wheels compliment the solid stance of the LX. The rear design has also received a nip-and-tuck, with the rear tail lamps using a wider design and L-motif to project a powerful stance and create a multi-dimensional appearance.

The interior exudes style and sophistication, with sumptuous leather trim, piano black facia and metallic accents, adding to the luxurious ambience. Lexus' new signature three-spoke steering wheel adorned with an array of fingertip controls forms the touch point between driver and vehicle.

The LX is equipped with a new 12.3-inch multi-media display, which interfaces with the Remote Touch Interface system to provide easy navigation of the plethora of features. This is further augmented by a 4.2-inch full colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi Information Display (MID) and Heads Up Display (HUD) system.

A key feature of the multi-media system is the ability to display linked information such as audio information, navigation instructions, vehicle speed etc. across all three screens.

For the first time, LX receives a diesel option in the form of a high-output 4.5 litre V8 punching out 195 kW and a stout 650 Nm of torque available from 1600 rpm onwards which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The established 5.7 litre V8 petrol powerplant continues as an option with an ample 270 kW of power and 530 Nm of torque being delivered via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The LX has earned a reputation for not only offering amazing off-road ability but also accommodating its occupants in the lap of luxury. The newly refreshed LX takes this up a notch, receiving a rear sunshade, tyre inflation pressure warning, wireless cell phone charger (using Qi technology), seat ventilation and heating for both front and second row passengers as well as roof rails.

Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, further enhances safety and convenience and supplements the comprehensive safety spec level which includes 10 airbags and a full electronic assistance package encompassed in the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM).

On the off-road front, the Multi Terrain Select system takes centre stage, tailoring vehicle response, suspension, powertrain and VDIM assistance levels based on the mode selected by the driver. The system works in conjunction with Crawl Control to equip the LX with phenomenal off-road ability.

Model line-up and pricing
LX 450d - R 1 393 000
LX 570 - R 1 435 100
Both models are accompanied by a 4-year/100 000 km Distance Plan Complete maintenance plan.

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