Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV

Diesel engine debut for Lexus LX SUV

For the first time in the New Zealand market, Lexus will debut a 200kW 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine in the newly revised 2016 LX SUV line.

Previously the LX flagship of the Lexus SUV line had only offered a V8 petrol engine in the LX 570 model, which will continue.

However, more than 70% of sales in the luxury SUV market are diesel vehicles, so the introduction of the new LX 450d variant gives Lexus the ability to compete in the whole market rather than a small segment.

The LX range has received major changes to the exterior styling with only the door panels carrying over, and there extensive refinements throughout the interior, including a full suite of safety features says Lexus.

The LX 450d receives a six-speed transmission and has a EURO 5 emissions rating. Its 4.5-litre twin turbocharged diesel engine provides an output of 200kW and 650Nm of torque.

Its sibling the LX 570 uses a 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine and achieves a greater power output of 270kW, but less torque at 530Nm than its diesel counterpart. It has an improved combined fuel consumption of 14.4L/100km with the aid of the new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The LX 450d comes as a five-seater while the LX 570 has a maximum capacity of eight people.

There are six drive modes to select from which tailor powertrain and suspension response and both LX models have paddle shifters.

The LX is framed by the signature one-piece Lexus spindle grille with new front and rear bumpers, revised roof rails and side step designs for a contoured and chiselled exterior body.

Aesthetically the new look body has complemented by 21 inches 10-spoke aluminium wheels for the LX 570 and 18-inch aluminium wheels for the LX 450d.

Expressive LED headlights, sequential turn signals, fog lights and Daytime Running Lights feature strongly on the LX while two new colours – Titanium and Deep Blue – make up the seven exterior colour offering.

The LX interior Shimamoku wood and satin chrome detailing, LED ambient lighting, leather and wood three-spoke steering wheel (heated on LX 570), new-look instrument cluster, a larger multi-information display and the introduction of an analogue clock.

There is an upgraded multimedia system with a 12.3 inch screen centred on the dash, and a wireless charger.

For the first time on the LX, there is a colour head-up display that projects simplified vehicle data such as current speed, navigation commands, audio settings or other selected data directly onto the windshield in the driver’s field of view.

For the LX 570, there are 11.6-inch dual screens for the rear seat entertainment feature and a 19 speaker Mark Levinson premium audio package.

Lexus Safety System + joins the safety package including Pre-crash safety system, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with sway warning function and Adaptive High Beam.

Also, new on the 2016 LX is a tyre inflation system and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Other safety features include Emergency Stop Signal and a ten air bag package including driver and front passenger and knee airbags, front and rear seat side air bags and curtain air bags.

Both LX models have a lockable Torsen torque sensing centre limited slip differential to distribute the power to the front and rear axles. There is a double wishbone suspension at the front and four-link rear suspension with active height control and adaptive variable suspension.

Both models are rated to tow 3500kgs (braked) and can accommodate up to 1267 litres of luggage if all rear seats are folded flat.

In addition to the six drive modes, there is CRAWL control, Multi-terrain Select, Anti-lock Braking with Electronic brake-force distribution and Brake Assist, Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.

The anti-theft system includes an engine immobiliser, intruder sensor, alarm and gradient sensor.

A reversing camera supplements four front and four rear clearance sensors and a Multi-Terrain Monitor offering a variety of different views utilising the four on-board cameras to give a view of the LX’s immediate surroundings for use in off-road situations.

A panoramic view mode is available on the road, providing a bird’s eye view of the vehicle.

Other LX 450d features include leather upholstery powered front seats, second-row seats with recline and power slide adjustment, genuine leather and aluminium shift lever, and electronic tilt and telescopic steering wheel with memory,

Additionally there is four-zone independent heating and air conditioning, electro-chromatic inside rear vision mirror, cool box, rear sun shades, satellite navigation, DVD and audio system with Bluetooth and 9 speakers, backing monitor with guidelines and tonneau cover.

There is also smart entry and start system with the card key, illuminated side steps, power back door, privacy side and rear glass, roof rails and rain sensing wipers.

The LX 570 adds a moon roof, LED deck lamp, electrostatic touch sensor LED front interior lights, third-row seating for three passengers (bringing total capacity up to eight people), front and second-row seat ventilation, and removes the tonneau cover.

Recommended retail prices are:

  • Lexus LX 450d $159,900
  • Lexus LX 570 $179,900
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