Lexus LX570 2008 – Overview

Lexus LX570 2008 fq

This second generation Lexus LX series has gained 1000cc and 100 in the model number, going from 470 to 570. The LX470 was first introduced into New Zealand ten years ago and this new 2008 Lexus LX570 is equipped with a completely new 5.7-litre 32-valve V8 producing 270kW of power at 5,600rpm and 530Nm of torque at 3,200rpm.

Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, and with the engine from Toyota’s Tundra pickup truck, it is a traditional body-on-frame design, but is far stiffer than the model it replaces, giving enhanced ruggedness and towing capacity (over 3500kg).

To improve fuel economy a new lightweight aluminium die-cast cylinder block with intelligent dual variable valve timing. (VVT-iE) and Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) is used. Despite the extra litre in engine size, the LX570 is 8% more fuel efficient than the previous model. This still doesn’t equate to anything special — around 19l/100km in the city, and 13l/100km on the motorway. But, it does weigh 3300kg. Expect for expensive fill-ups – the tank holds 128 litres!

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) shift system enables the vehicle to automatically adjust to the driving conditions and the response required by the driver from the six-speed sequential automatic transmission.

Several different technologies assist the LX570 traverse difficult terrain. Crawl Control aids the driver when it’s slippery and difficult underfoot (or wheel!). To allow the driver maximum concentration while manoeuvring, it regulates both the engine and braking systems. Combined with Active Traction Control (A-TRC — for rugged off-road driving) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents the LX570 from rolling backwards during hill starts, the Lexus is designed to ride on more than just the road.

Active Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) systems assist with ride comfort and steering performance by controlling the shock absorber damping force, while stopping this large SUV is taken care of with multi-terrain Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Multi-terrain ABS detects the road surface conditions and applies the correct amount of brake force to minimise stopping distances.

20-inch wheels is how the Lexus rolls, and it will roll to 100kph in anger in around 7.4s.

On the inside there is a plethora of electronics to assist the driver, particularly while manoeuvring. The wing mirrors are fully electric, heated, electro-chromatic and come with memory positions for different drivers. A camera is built into the passenger mirror which displays a picture of the ground on the left hand side of the vehicle to assist kerbside parking.

Interior space has increased over the previous version despite the wheelbase remaining the same. There is 175mm more length, 20mm more height and 30mm more width.

Both front seats are power-adjustable — the driver’s has ten controls, while the passenger’s has eight. The second and third rows also feature power operation. The third row features a power function to fold the seats away, courtesy of a switch in the load area. However, the seats don’t fold flat and the luggage capacity is average for an SUV (259 litres). The LX570 will seat eight, but passengers in the third row must have short legs.

In addition to the 10-way power adjusted drivers seat and eight way power adjusted front passenger seat, the LX570 also incorporates second and third row power seat operation. The front seats feature an air conditioning function for improved comfort, with the second row including a heater, a power slide mechanism and a one-touch tumble function for the left passenger side seat.

Quad-zone independent temperature-controlled air conditioning is standard for front and rear occupants.

A nineteen-speaker Mark Levinson Premium audio system bathes the interior with a six-disc MP3/WMA DVD/CD changer. The rear seats get their own retractable DVD entertainment system as standard.

The dashboard houses a large Electronic Multi Vision (EMV) touch screen — a high-resolution screen that displays DVD satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone operation, park assist system, the multitude of cameras (front, side and rear), and functions for audio and air conditioning.

The park assist is a radar that warns the driver of obstacles in the vicinity of the vehicle — essential for such a large car. There are three cameras — front grille, passenger side mirror and tailgate. The front and side mirror cameras can be displayed on the screen at up to 10kph.

To illuminate the round ahead around corners Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), illuminates to the side of the direction of travel, depending on which way the steering wheel is turned. Auto headlight leveling is also used in the case of towing, or heavily loaded trips. Rear lights are equipped with LEDs.

Memory functions for driver’s seat, the tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and mirror positions are encoded into the key.

The rear door is powered and the top section of it can be opened and closed using the wireless key, or the switch. The door even detects if an obstacle would prevent it closing.

Radar-based cruise control is included, allowing the car to keep a user-definable distance from the car in front. The system detects if another car enters or leaves the lane and speeds up or slows down accordingly.

This radar forms part of a pre-crash system. If the LX570 detect an accident is unavoidable it immediately applies the maximum braking force to scrub off vehicle speed, and activates the seatbelt pre-tensioners. In the worse case scenario the airbags (driver and passenger front, side and knee airbags, second row side airbags and curtain shield airbags for all three rows) will activate.

The Lexus LX570 has an enormous number of acronyms — let’s recap: AFS, EMV, ABS, BA, EBD, HAC, AHC, AVS, A-TRC, ACIS, AI and VVT-iE. At the recommended retail price of $173,500 that’s one letter every $4689.

Click through to the next page to read the full specs on the Lexus LX570

Words Darren Cotingham, photos Lexus

FEATURES LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Push button heater controls STD
Refrigerated cooler box STD
Sunroof STD
- Electric sunroof operation STD
- See-thru sunroof STD
Power windows STD
- Front and rear power windows STD
- Auto up/down power windows STD
- Anti-jam safety function STD
Air conditioning STD
- Four zone climate control air conditioning STD
- Rear air conditioning controls and vents STD
Driver’s sun visor STD
- Illuminated driver’s vanity mirror STD
- Extendable driver’s sun visor STD
- Driver’s sub sun visor STD
Passenger’s sun visor STD
- Illuminated passenger’s vanity mirror STD
- Extendable passenger’s sun visor STD
- Passenger’s sub sun visor STD
INSTRUMENTS & CONTROLS LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Headlight control STD
- Auto on/off headlights STD
Optitron instrument panel STD
Transmission gear indicator in dash STD
Tachometer STD
Low fuel warning lamp STD
Power steering STD
- Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) STD
Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel STD
- Power adjustment STD
- Memory function STD
Telescopic steering wheel STD
Cruise control STD
- Active cruise control STD
Multi information display STD
- Current fuel consumption STD
- Average fuel consumption STD
- Driving range STD
- Average speed STD
- Distance driven STD
- Outside temperature STD
- Warning functions STD
Power exterior mirrors STD
- Power “fold-in” mirrors STD
- Mirror position memory STD
- Auto dipping exterior mirror/s STD
- Auto tilt in reverse STD
- Passenger’s side camera STD
Left hand convex mirror STD
Interior Day/Night mirror STD
- Auto dipping interior mirror STD
Reversing monitor camera STD
- Front monitor camera STD
- Side monitor camera STD
Intermittent windscreen wipers STD
- Variable intermittent windscreen wipers STD
- Rain-sensing windscreen wipers STD
Rear washer and wiper STD
- Intermittent rear wiper STD
- Speed and reverse sensors
STORAGE LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Glovebox STD
Storage pocket/tray STD
Centre console STD
- Cooler box STD
- Independent moveable armrests STD
Map pocket – Passenger seat STD
Map pocket – Driver’s seat STD
Door pockets – Front STD
Door pockets – Rear STD
Cup holder/s STD
- Number of cup holder/s 8
LIGHTING LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Interior dome light/s STD
- Front & rear dome lights STD
Glovebox light STD
Luggage/cargo light STD
SOUND SYSTEM LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Mark Levinson Premium Audio STD
- AM/FM Radio STD
- DVD/CD player STD
- 6 Disc DVD/CD changer STD
- MP3/WMA compatible STD
- Audio input jack STD
Number of speakers 19
Audio controls on steering wheel STD
Aerial – in rear side window glass STD
VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Power accessory socket STD
EMV touch screen display STD
Bluetooth wireless data communication STD
Satellite navigation system
- DVD satellite navigation system
SAFETY LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) STD
- Multi-Terrain Anti-lock Braking System STD
- Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) STD
- Brake Assist (BA) STD
Active Traction Control (A-TRC) STD
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) STD
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) STD
Crawl Control STD
Driver’s SRS airbag STD
Front passenger SRS airbag STD
Front seat side airbags STD
- Seat mounted front seat side airbags STD
- Front seat curtain shield airbags STD
2nd row airbags STD
- 2nd row outer seat side airbags STD
- 2nd row curtain shield airbags STD
3rd row airbags STD
- 3rd row curtain shield airbags STD
Driver’s pre-tensioner seatbelt STD
Driver’s force limiter seatbelt STD
Front passenger pre-tensioner seatbelt STD
Front passenger force limiter seatbelt STD
Height adjustable front seatbelts STD
2nd row ELR/ALR outer seatbelts with pre-tensioners STD
2nd row centre position 3-point ELR/ALR seatbelt STD
3rd row 3-point ELR/ALR outer seatbelts STD
3rd row centre position 3-point ELR/ALR seatbelt STD
Tailgate/boot ajar warning lamp STD
First aid kit STD
Valet kit STD
Warning triangle STD
Door ajar warning STD
SECURITY LX570 – 5 Door Wagon - 6 Speed Automatic
Engine immobiliser STD
Vehicle security system STD
Central locking / Power door locks STD
- Includes boot/tailgate unlock with central locking STD
- Remote/Keyless central locking STD
- Smart key system STD
- Card key STD
Lockable glovebox STD
Remote fuel lid release STD
ENGINE LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Engine type Petrol
Engine capacity (cc) 5663
Engine description V8/DOHC/32v
Maximum Power 270kW @ 5600rpm
Maximum Torque 530Nm @ 3200rpm
Note: Power and Torque test standards differ. Ensure comparisons use same test standard.
Configuration V-formation
Valvetrain DOHC
Fuel system EFI
- Fuel type 91 RON ULP
Fuel economy ADR 81/01 Test standard
- Combined (L/100km) 14.8
Note: Fuel economy varies with driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, options and accessories.
DRIVETRAIN LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
4WD System Constant 4WD
Dual Range Trans Dual range
Diff lock – centre diff STD
Driven Wheels 4WD
Transmission description Six speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission (Super ECT) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sequential Manual Mode
STEERING LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Steering type Rack and pinion
Steering operation Variable Gear Ratio Steering – Power assisted
Turning Circle at Kerb 11.8m
BRAKES LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Front Brakes Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes Ventilated discs
Multi-Terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) STD
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution STD
- Brake Assist STD
Active Traction Control (A-TRC) STD
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) STD
SUSPENSION LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Front Suspension Double Wishbone type Independent Suspension with Stabiliser Bar
Rear Suspension 4 Link Coil Spring with Lateral Rod type plus Stabiliser Bar
TYRES & RIMS LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Front Tyre size 285/65 R18
Rear Tyre size 285/65 R18
Front Rim size 8.0Jx18
Rear Rim size 8.0Jx18
Rim type Alloy
WARRANTY / SERVICE LX570 – 5 Door Wagon – 6 Speed Automatic
Vehicle in years 4
Note: Warranties here are in addition to implied warranties under the trade practices act. Conditions apply. See warranty booklet for details.
Paint in years 4
Perforation in years 6
Customer / Roadside Assistance STD
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