Lexus has unveiled the updated 2016 LX 570 flagship SUV and the revised GS midsize sedan today.
Sitting above the recently launched Lexus RX, the eight-seater LX full size SUV has been given a complete makeover, with Lexus claiming only four door panels and roof are carried over from the current model.
The new LX front fascia now features the company’s signature spindle grille and L-shaped daytime running lights. There are also new standard LED headlights. At the other end, the taillights have been totally redesigned, along with a new rear bumper.
The LX 570 design makeover gives it new 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, with 21-inch 10-spoke wheels available as option.
The redesign continues onto the interior, with improved materials throughout and more options for the wood trim, new steering wheel and new analog clock.
Lexus went dashboard-to-tailgate inside the LX 570, expanding its already lengthy list of amenities and upgrading multimedia capability.
The dual screen Rear Seat Entertainment System now uses dual 11.6-inch screens in place of the former 7.0-inch screens. Also new, the second-row provides USB ports and the armrest features controls for the air conditioning and audio.
A 5.7-litre V8 producing 286kW of power and 546Nm of torque continues to motivate the LX, but the old six-speed automatic has been replaced with a new eight-speed unit.
Other highlights for the new LX 570 include a new Drive Mode Select system for tailoring powertrain and suspension responses.
Along with the new LX 570, Lexus has also unveiled the GS 200t, which will replace the GS 250 in the Australian line-up.
The new range-opening model also headlines the refreshed GS Line alongside the updated GS 300h, GS 350 and GS 450h. New designs include the updated front end, which now features the spindle grille and L-shape daytime running lights. Changes at the back are more subtle and include the redesigned taillights.
The GS also gets upgraded multimedia technology, the newly available Lexus Safety System + package, new exterior paint colours, interior colours and ornamentation selections.
But the big news is the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 180kW and 350Nm in the new GS 200t, which has already seen action in the IS 200t, NX 200t, RC 200t and RX 200t.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the new models would enhance and update the Lexus Australia line-up.
“LX 570 and the new GS Line including GS 200t continue Lexus’ product-led strategy, delivering with confident new styling, performance, technology and luxury features,” Hanley said.
Full details of the 2016 Lexus LX 570 and GS 200t will be announced closer to local launch in December.